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English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) is a traditional term for the use or study of the English language by non-native speakers in an English-speaking environment.

The ESL program at Norco College offers a course of study designed to provide English language learners with balanced academic language skills to promote student success in higher education and the global workplace.





esl 1Is the ESL program for you?
If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, then the ESL test is probably the right choice for you.

  • Did you graduate from high school in another country?
  • If you graduated from an American high school, did you take ESL there?
  • Were you born and raised in another country?
  • Do you mostly speak a language other than English at home?

The ESL test, also known as the Proficiency Test in English as a Second Language (PTESL), is designed for non-native English speakers.
The test will measure your knowledge of the English language and readiness to take college-level classes.


Test Details

Paper & Pencil
5 background questions
20 listening questions
75 grammar and reading comprehension questions
Time limit: 1½ hours to complete.

ESL 3Make an appointment to take the English as a Second Language (PTESL) test:
Click here to schedule your PTESL appointment online.
If you need assistance with scheduling your appointment, please contact us for assistance.

If the PTESL test was recommended after you took the Accuplacer Online assessment test, you can make a PTESL appointment just about any time.

Assessment Center
Tel (951) 372-7176
Learning Resources Center
Library Building (First Floor)


Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) - English

Listed below are programs of study offered by Norco College and requirements for specific certificates and degrees. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor for individual education planning.

Any request for a course substitution or waiver may be discussed with a counselor and must be submitted for approval to the Admissions and Records Office.

NOTE: Students wanting to transfer to a university may reference course transferability through

For complete degree & certificate information, including required coursework listings, please consult the current College Catalog.


What can I do with this major? (English)

What can I do with this major? (Foreign Language)


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