ESL Placement

ESL Writing Placement 

Is your primary language different than English, or did you grow up speaking English and another language?  If so, you must complete a special mini-course—LGAR 1000, ESL Placement Course—through your MyOCC account. Here is some important information before you begin this process:

  1. Make sure you complete the Mandatory New Student Orientation.
  2. Check the EXEMPTION LIST below to see if you need to take the placement. If exempt, schedule an appointment with a counselor.

Registering for, completing, and receiving results takes a minimum of 3 business days:

  • Day 1 - Register for LGAR-1000, the ESL Placement course.
  • Day 2 - Log into D2L and complete the course.
  • Day 3 – Get results and contact a counselor.

You must log into MyOCC to register for the ESL Placement course. Once logged in, go to the Students Menu and then ESL Placement to complete your registration.

Completion of this course is mandatory for registration at OCC!  This no-cost, non-credit course is intended to place you into the appropriate level of ESL courses and other courses at Oakland Community College.

LGAR 1000 takes an average of one (1) hour to complete, 15 minutes to review the content and 45 minutes to write a timed composition. You will take the course within the OCC Learning Management System, Desire2Learn (D2L). Use your MyOCC username and password to log into D2L.

  • Testing will occur Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Review this Tip sheet before taking the placement.  
  • Your placement composition will be read and rated by our ESL faculty.
  • Within 24 hours of completing the course, you will receive an email through your OCC email account letting you know your placement results.
  • You will then be directed to make an appointment with a counselor.

Register for ESL Placement      Take the ESL Placement


Students may be exempt from this testing if they meet any one of the following conditions and any submitted test scores are no more than one year old: 

  • Have scored 38 or higher on the combined English and Reading sub-test of the ACT with a minimum of 18 on each section. 

  • Have evidence of completing a course equivalent to ENG 1510.

  • Have evidence of completing an associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Have been admitted to OCC under a College Guest Application from another college where they are enrolled in college-level courses (Note: Guest applications must be renewed each semester of enrollment). Any student who wishes to enroll in any ESL course must take the MTELP Placement test.
  • To enroll in English 1510 you must have an official TOEFL score of: 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 - 550 or higher with a writing (TWE) score of 5.0 or higher. Official scores must be presented to the appropriate college personnel for the students to be exempt.
  • To enroll in English 1510 you must have an official IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. Official scores must be presented to the appropriate college personnel for the students to be exempt.
  • Have SAT scores of 480 on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing and 25 or higher on the writing and language test.



A student who has taken MTELP can re-test on the MTELP if it has been one calendar year since the last MTELP and no OCC ESL courses have been taken, or if one calendar year has passed since the end of the semester in which the student was enrolled in an OCC ESL course. No currently enrolled students in OCC ESL courses can re-test. There is an assessment test in each ESL class on the first day of instruction which serves as the appeal process.