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ESOL Program

The testing criteria and guidelines for the ESOL Program are as follows:

Placement guide for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • MDC administers the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) - Life and Work (reading and listening forms) for ESOL courses. Initial placement and advancement in these courses are based on the lower of the two scores (reading or listening).
  • Placement and level completion are determined when the student’s scale score is at the highest end of an Educational Functioning Level (EFL).
  • High Advanced ESOL (EDU 064) does not have a post-test. Exit is determined by completion of competencies and passing the instructor prepared exit exam.
  • Students transitioning from EDU 058 and EDU 064 to other programs are tested following the procedures of their new selected program.

ESOL Entrance Exam Requirements

Students sign a departmental form which indicates that they have read and understood the procedures outlined below and receive a referral to take the CASAS entrance exam.

  • In order for students to be eligible to register for an ESOL class, they must correctly answer a minimum of one (1) question in Reading and one (1) question in Listening.
  • Students who do not answer one (1) question correctly in each section, will be required to repeat the entire test.

CASAS one (1) through four (4) raw score conversions

TopsPro scores for CASAS Life & Work - Form 83 (low raw score)
Listening Raw Score Listening TopsPro Reading Raw Score Reading TopsPro
1 167 1 171
2 175 2 178
3 180 3 183
4 183    


CASAS pre-test scores are valid for a period of one year. Students may retest once on CASAS for initial placement. Retesting must occur prior to enrollment or by the 100% refund date each semester.

Eligible students who do not meet the minimum placement criteria in the ESOL Course Placement Guide will be referred to other programs offered by the College [Refugee/Entrant Vocational Education Services Training (REVEST), non-credit Intensive English, etc.] or to programs offered by Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

The ESOL Course Placement Guide is used for placement in the ESOL program.

Course Placement Guide - ESOL
Skill Area CASAS Score Literacy Completion Point / Educational Functioning Level Course Placement 
Foundations <181** LCP/EFL - A EDU 057
Low Beginning ESOL 181 - 190 LCP/EFL - B EDU 059
High Beginning ESOL  191 - 200 LCP/EFL - C EDU 060
Low Intermediate ESOL 201 - 210 LCP/EFL - D EDU 061
High Intermediate ESOL 211 - 220 LCP/EFL - E EDU 062
Low Advanced ESOL 221 - 235 LCP/EFL - F EDU 058
High Advanced ESOL 236+ LCP/EFL - A EDU 064
* CASAS Placement is based on the Reading score for EDU 057, EDU 059, and EDU 060.

 

Placement guide for English Literacy for Career and Technical Education (ELCATE)

  • MDC administers the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) - Life and Work (reading and listening forms) for ELCATE courses EDU 068, EDU 069, and EDU 070. Initial placement and advancement in these courses are based on the lower of the two scores (reading or listening).
  • Placement and level completion are determined when the student’s scale score is at the highest end of an Educational Functioning Level (EFL).
  • An appropriate form of the CASAS is used for post-testing students transitioning to their next level of courses and for completion of Advanced ELCATE (EDU 070).
  • High Advanced ESOL (EDU 064) does not have a post-test. Exit is determined by completion of competencies and passing the instructor prepared exit exam.
  • Students transitioning from EDU 070 to other programs are tested following the procedures of their new selected program.

CASAS scores are valid for a period of one year and raw scores conversions are used. Refer to Section lV-C. Students may retest once on CASAS for initial placement. Retesting must occur prior to enrollment or by the 100% refund date each semester.

Eligible students who do not meet the minimum placement criteria in the ELCATE Course Placement Guide will be referred to other programs offered by the College [Refugee/Entrant Vocational Education Services Training (REVEST), non-credit Intensive English, etc.] or to programs offered by Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

The ELCATE Course Placement Guide is used for placement in the ELCATE courses. 

Course Placement Guide - ELCATE
Skill Area CASAS Score Literacy Completion Point / Educational Functioning Level Course Placement
ELCATE Beginning 201 - 210 LCP/EFL - A EDU 068
ELCATE Intermediate 211 - 220 LCP/EFL - B EDU 069
ELCATE Advanced 221 - 235 LCP/EFL - C EDU 070
High Advanced ESOL 236+ LCP/EFL - A EDU 064

 




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