Frequently Asked Questions:
Where and when do classes meet?
Where do students live?
How do students know what courses to take?
What is the JSRCC ESL placement test?
How long does it take to finish the ESL program?
How much do classes cost?
Can students get financial aid for ESL courses?
For more Information Contact: Laurie Weinberg (ESL Program Coordinator) Or Jinky Davis (Student Support Specialist) Phone: (804) 523-5020.
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The number of credits for a class determines how many hours it meets. For example, during spring and fall semesters, a six-credit class meets two or three times each week, totaling almost six hours of instruction per week. Summer classes meet three or four times per week.
The ESL placement test
shows how well students use English in reading, writing, and speaking and listening. ESL instructors use the test
to decide what courses each student needs. Students can take courses
from different levels during the same semester if their skills are stronger
in some areas than others. For example, a student may need Intermediate
writing and oral communication but High Intermediate reading. Advisors
will help student choose classes. Registration for any student
still requiring ESL coursework must be done in the ESL office.
The JSRCC ESL Placement Test [Back to top]
The JSRCC ESL Placement Test consists of three parts: Writing Sample (40 minutes), Reading Comprehension (untimed), and an Oral Interview. Students must make an appointment to take the test. For a test appointment, call (804) 523 - 5020. The test is given at the Parham Road Campus, Burnette Hall, Room 232. The exam will take approximately two hours. There is a $6.00 fee for the test, which must be paid in 204 Georgiadis Hall.
>>Overview of the COMPASS® ESL Placement Test for Listening, Reading, and Grammar with sample questions.
How long does it take to finish the ESL program?[Back to top]
Some students complete one ESL level in one semester. Some students advance faster; others need more time. To progress quickly, students should take as many ESL courses each semester as they can.
Some visas do not allow students to qualify for in-state rates. Visit the Admissions Office Web Site or call the Admissions Office at (804-523-5029) to find out about visas and residence requirements.