ESL Placement

Duolingo

Is your primary language different than English, or did you grow up speaking English and another language?  If so, you must have an ESL Placement. 

We offer an extensive program for non-native speakers to prepare you for your coursework.  To assist with determining  your placement for your success, you must complete our Duolingo English Test online, unless you have an exemption. 

Students with disabilities who may need assistance with their Placement should  contact our ACCESS office prior to taking the test.  You may also contact Duolingo for assistance.  

Review the following information to help determine your placement.

  1. You must have an OCC email account and OCC student ID number.
  2. Make sure you complete the Mandatory New Student Orientation.
  3. Check the EXEMPTION LIST below.  If exempt, schedule an appointment with a counselor.  If not, complete the ESL Placement Process.

Completing and receiving results takes a minimum of four (4) business days.

ESL Placement Process

To take the ESL Duolingo English Test, you must use a laptop or desktop PC or MAC with a camera and a microphone.  You cannot use a smartphone, tablet or Chromebook.  If you do not have access to this technology, please contact ESLP@oaklandcc.edu.

All students MUST practice before taking the Duolingo English Test.  For practice and test information:

  • Log in to your MyOCC account
  • Click on Students Menu 
  • Under Pre-Registration Steps, click on Duolingo ESL Placement
  • Read carefully and follow directions

ESL Placement is mandatory for your registration at OCC to place you into the appropriate level of ESL and other courses at Oakland Community College.    

EXEMPTION

If your SAT score is no more than one year old - and you have a 480 or higher on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing tests - you may be eligible to take English 1510. Contact an OCC counselor to verify your score.

Complete the ESL Placement process if you do not have an SAT score to use for placement.

If your ACT score is no more than one year old—and you have a 38 or higher on the combined English and Reading sub-tests, with a minimum of 18 on each section - you may be eligible to taken English 1510. Contact an OCC counselor to verify your score.

Complete the ESL Placement process if you do not have an ACT score to use for placement.

You may be able to enroll in English 1510 if your TOEFL score is no more than a year old and you have one of the following scores:

TOEFL Test Taken Score Required for English 1510
Internet-based Total score of 79 or higher with a writing score of 24 or higher
Computer-based Total score of 213 or higher with a writing score of 5.0 or higher
Paper-based Total score of 550 or higher with a writing (TWE) score of 5.0 or higher

Contact an OCC counselor to verify your score.

Complete the ESL Placement Process if you do not have a TOEFL score to use for placement.

If your IELTS score is no more than a year old and is 6.5 or higher, you may be able to enroll in English 1510. You must submit your official score to the appropriate OCC personnel to verify your IELTS exemption.

Complete the ESL Placement process if you do not have an IELTS score to use for placement.

If you took the Duolingo English Test after July 4, 2020, and your test score is no more than a year old, sign in to your Duolingo account and request to have your score report sent to Oakland Community College.

If you took a course at an accredited U.S. college or university that is equivalent to OCC’s English 1510, Composition I, and received a “C” or better in the course on your transcript, contact an OCC counselor.

If you are currently enrolled at a different college or university, review OCC’s guidelines for Guest Students. (Note: Guest applications must be renewed each semester of enrollment). Any student who wishes to enroll in any ESL course must go through the ESL Placement Process.