English as a Second Language (ESL)

UNLV offers a variety of different ESL courses depending on skill level. We offer two beginning, two intermediate and two advanced courses. We suggest students start with level I however students can enter the courses at level II. Courses are assessed in a pass/fail format. All courses will cover the core ESL content areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

You will need to take a placement test prior to registering for any ESL course to help correctly identify your appropriate level. Register for the ACCUPLACER test by enrolling in 183PP1100. If you have taken the ACCUPLACER tests at another institution or you have other documentation to prove proficiency, please provide the documentation to ce-assistant@unlv.edu no later than one week prior to the course start.

Students who have taken any ESL courses through our department between January 2018 – August 2018 and successfully passed the course(s) are exempt from the proficiency requirements and can enter into the next level course (i.e. if someone took basic ESL they can take intermediate I or II, they cannot go into advanced). Anyone prior to 2017 must take the proficiency testing and be placed in the course equivalent.