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Assessment Services

Levels of English Proficiency (COMPASS ESL)

At a Glance

Hours Available

Mon-Thurs: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 2 PM



Test Fees

No Charge 1st time, $10 Retake fee
Must pay application fees

Retake Wait Period

90 days

Time Required

Essay time for 30 minutes, Rest is untimed

About the COMPASS

If your native language is not English and you are seeking an associate degree or career certificate, you will be required to take the COMPASS ESL. The COMPASS ESLis an assessment given prior to student enrollment to test language proficiency in order to accurately place you in the appropriate courses and to improve your opportunity for learning.

  • The COMPASS ESL is designed to assess your English skills if you have learned English as an additional language to your native language.
  • The COMPASS ESL consists of an essay and two computerized subtests: Reading Comprehension and Listening Skills.
  • The computerized section of the COMPASS ESL is not timed, so you will be able to work through the test at your own pace. The Essay section is timed at 30 minutes.
  • Tests are administered on a walk-in basis at Valencia's Assessment Centers.
  • There is a $10 retake charge to retake the COMPASS ESL after all application fees are paid.
  • You may be exempt from the COMPASS ESL if you
    • provide official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores less than two years old that place you in course work at Valencia (See placement chart)
    • provide official transcripts of college-level coursework in Freshman English Composition with a "C" or better
    • provide official transcripts indicating you have earned an Associate or Bachelor's degree for which English was the language of instruction.
  • If you would like to improve your COMPASS ESL scores:
    • you may be eligible to retake the test 90 days after the original test date
    • you must pay a $10 retake fee before retesting
    • all applicartion fees must be paid prior to retesting
    • retakes are not allowed once you begin EAP course work
  • If you are an international student, your scores must place you at English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Level 4 in order to attend Valencia.




All assessment centers are closed on college-wide holidays.
Assessment offices close at 5pm Dec 17-20
Winter Park closed 8am-12pm on January 4


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