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Placement Guide for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program

The Adult Education ESOL Program includes ESOL, and EL/Civics classes. For these classes students adhere to the same exam requirements as follows:

  • MDC administers the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) - Life and Work 80 Reading Series and the 980 Listening forms for ESOL, and EL/Civics courses.
  • Prior to administration of the CASAS, the Oral Screening is administered to all incoming students to determine whether CASAS Form 981 or 983 will be used as the pre-test. The oral screening questions are included in a Technical Assistance Paper titled English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) which is available via www.fldoe.org/Workforce/AdultEd/taps.asp. Students who answer ALL oral screening questions correctly are tested on Form 983. For each of the six questions on the Oral Screening, a student can earn zero to two points. For accurate placement at the conclusion of the Oral Screening, please refer to the chart below:

    Oral Screening Guide – ESOL Program
    Oral Screening ResultsAction to be taken
    0-5 points scoredRefer to a literacy program
    6-11 points scoredPretest on Form 981
    12 points scored Pretest on Form 983

  • 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 five (5) questions in Reading and five (5) questions in Listening.
  • Students who do not answer five (5) questions correctly in a section will be required to repeat that section.
  • Students must earn valid scores (170 or above on Form 981 or 186 or above on Form 983) to be placed.
  • Students without valid scores need to retest no sooner than the next day and prior to enrollment or by the 100% refund date for the adult education term. These students may retest once on initial placement without being assessed a retesting fee.
  • Students who wish to retest to improve their initial placement score and qualify for a higher ESOL level will be assessed a re-testing fee.
  • Initial placement and advancement is based on the lower of the two (reading and listening) valid scores. The Adult Education CASAS Post-Testing Chart is used for ESOL promotion assessment purposes (Appendix G).
  • CASAS pre and pos-test scores are valid for a period of one year. Continuing students who stop out for a period of four (4) months up to one year must retake the CASAS pretest. No retesting fee will be assessed. If more than one year has passed, a retesting fee will be assessed.
  • 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.
Course Placement Guide - ESOL
Skill Area CASAS Reading Score Reading LCP CASAS Listening Score Listening LCP Course Placement 
Beginning ESL Literacy
Level 1
<181 M 169-180 G EDU 057
Low Beginning ESOL
Level 2
181-190 N 181-189 H EDU 059
High Beginning ESOL
Level 3
191-200 P 190-199 I EDU 060
Low Intermediate ESOL
Level 4
201-210 R 200-209 J EDU 061
High Intermediate ESOL
Level 5
211-220 S 210-218 K EDU 062
Low Advanced ESOL
Level 6
221-235 T 219-227 L EDU 058

Students must be literate in their native language.

EDU 061, EDU 062 and EDU 058 are used for EL/Civics and outreach classes.

Refer students who score 218 on the Listening pre-test to form 985 for a retest without a fee.

Placement will be based on the LOWER of the two scores.


Transitioning from the Adult Education ESOL Program

  • High Advanced ESOL (EDU 064) can be taken following ESOL advanced courses.
  • 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 Low Advanced ESOL (EDU 058) and High Advanced ESOL (EDU 064) to other programs are tested following the procedures of their new selected program.



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