Accuplacer ESL Listening Testing

When students visit the testing center they are asked whether they speak US English as their first language and if they have graduated from a US high school. If students answer “No” to one or both of these questions, they are given the Accuplacer ESL test (see pages 14-18 for specific ESL test preparation material). In addition any students who desire to enroll in a health technology program and who do not speak US English as their first language must meet minimum listening and speaking scores regardless of past course work in the US or abroad. More information can be found under the Health Technology English Language Requirement section.

  • All students who take the Accuplacer ESL test meet with the Director of Academic EFL who evaluates their placement test scores.
  • In addition to the test scores, the director bases placement on an interview, and students may be asked for a writing sample in order to accurately determine skill level.
  • If students meet the skill level criteria, then they will be directed to take the NCDAP test in reading, writing, and math.
  • If students pass the NCDAP test, they will place into ENG 111.
  • If students do not pass the NCDAP test, then they would be placed into the appropriate EFL course(s) based on the interview and the test scores on NCDAP (typically Level 3 or Level 4 EFL).

The Durham Tech Testing Center offers the Accuplacer ESL Listening Test for non-native US English-speaking Health Technologies students who must fulfill the English language admission requirement. The Accuplacer ESL Listening Test is offered daily at the Main Campus in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center (Building 10), room 1305, on the third floor. Check the Placement Test schedule for the times.

No appointment is necessary. There is no fee for the Accuplacer ESL Listening Test.

Please bring the following required items with you on testing day:

  • Photo identification card (ID)
  • Durham Tech student ID number

The Accuplacer ESL Listening test is an untimed, computerized, multiple-choice test that helps Durham Tech faculty and staff evaluate your English listening comprehension skills and places you into appropriate classes.

More about the Speaking Assessment

Students will be asked to read short passages, answer questions based on visual prompts, and answer personal-response and opinion-based questions. They will be assessed on their speed, intonation, pronunciation, and correct syntactical structure of the responses.

The following are helpful websites to prepare for the assessment:

Students should allow 30 minutes for the appointment, which includes time for questions before and results after the actual assessment, which lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Appointments must be made in advance by emailing the EFL coordinator at or signing up on her office door in the White Building (Building 1), room 59. Walk-ins are not accepted.