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Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA)

If English isn’t your first language, we want to make sure you are enrolled in the classes you need to succeed. The Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA) is a test used to place you in the right ESL (English as a Second Language) classes.

You may need to take the CELSA test if English is not your first language and one or more of the following are true:

  • You came to the U.S. and started American high school during or after the 9th grade
  • You had high school classes where the teacher taught you in your native language and English
  • You took the TOFEL exam (or another test for English proficiency) and did not pass
  • When reading for fun (i.e., books, magazines, internet), you prefer to read in your native language rather than English 
  • The primary language spoken in your home, at work, or with friends is your native language rather than English
  • You have taken Adult Basic Education ESL or GED classes
  • You were advised to enroll or were enrolled in Academic ESL or Intensive English courses at another college

CELSA tests are offered on a walk-in basis at our Pecos Campus only. Visit the Testing Center for contact information and hours.

Make sure you have your 8-digit ID number and a valid photo ID.

You’ll have 45 minutes to complete the test, which consists of 75 multiple-choice questions.

  • Directions for the CELSA must be given in English without interpretation assistance.
  • Breaks are not allowed during testing. This means that if you leave, you will not be allowed to return to your test.

There is no cost to students for this service.

You can use the CELSA Sample Questions to practice. But remember, you can’t fail the test. It’s simply used to make sure you are enrolled in the right class for you.