ESL FAQ

Answers for ESL Students

What should I do first?

You should fill out an application for admission. Then you should turn in all documents required for admission.

How do I know which documents I need for admissions?

You will receive a letter from the Admissions Office after you submit an application. It will list the documents needed. You can also check the Admissions webpage.

How do I schedule an appointment to take the NSCC English Placement Test?

Send an email to ESOL@nscc.edu.

Please include the following in your email.

  1. Name
  2. Student A#
  3. Semester you want to begin classes (Summer or Fall)
  4. Email address
  5. Phone number

All required documents for admission must be processed before you can take the test.

How do I sign up for ESL New Student Orientation?

Complete ESL New Student Orientation.

How can I make an appointment for advising and registration?

First, complete ESL New Student Orientation.

New students should make an appointment for advising and registration. Send an email to ESOL@nscc.edu to request an appointment for advising and class registration. Please include your name and student A# in your email.

Current students should talk to their ESL advisor for help choosing classes and making a schedule.

The campus buildings are closed. How will I take the NSCC English Placement Test?

At this time, all testing is online. Tests are by appointment. When you send your email request to take the test, you will be given an appointment to take the test remotely (online).

You must have the following to take the NSCC English Placement Test.

  • Photo ID (with your name and picture)
  • Computer or laptop (test cannot be completed on a phone)
  • Reliable internet. Internet outages could cause an incomplete test.
  • Zoom account and Zoom app on your device.

I want to take classes in the summer (beginning May 26). Is there enough time to take the NSCC English Placement Test?

Testing for summer classes is May 1 - 20. You will have time to complete the test, be advised, and register for classes.

All required documents for admission must be processed before you can take the test.

I want to take classes in the fall (beginning August 24). When can I take the NSCC English Placement Test?

Testing for fall classes is June 1 – August 17. You will have time to complete the test, be advised, and register for classes.

All required documents for admission must be processed before you can take the test.

How many classes should I take?

We recommend you take only one or two classes if you are working full-time. If you are working part-time, you will be able to handle more classes.

Will I be eligible for Financial Aid?

Financial Aid pays for unlimited ESOL classes if you qualify, and it will pay for up to 30 hours of learning support classes. Check with Financial Aid to apply for assistance.

What should I do if my NSCC English Placement Test scores are below intermediate proficiency (NSCC ESL level 2)?

You will need to continue working on your English by taking classes locally (in the Nashville area).

How do I get my English Placement Test Scores?

Your scores will be sent to your official student email account and your personal email account you listed your application.