Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ's
What is ESL?
English as a Second Language instruction helps students whose native language is not English succeed in college and at work. To meet the needs of ESL students, Shasta College offers courses in different levels and skill areas. The program provides both language instruction and cultural orientation. Classes are small and comfortable.

Should I take the ESL COMPASS Placement Test?
The COMPASS Test is no longer used for ESL placement. Contact the Assessment office at 530.242.7751 or Susan Sawyer at 530.242.2242 for specifics on placement.

What if I do not score at least 500 on the TOEFL?
You may still be accepted into Shasta College with a TOEFL score between 450 and 500, but you will very likely have to study extra hard and spend many hours in the tutoring center working with ESL tutors. You will have to maintain full-time status (minimum of 12 units) in regular college classes as per the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) regulations.