ESL Placement Process

English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses

College of Marin offers Academic and General ESL courses.
ESL courses are for students who want to study English for work and daily life or for Academic classes. 

ESLN Level 10 to ESLN Level 50 are noncredit classes for students who have beginning to intermediate levels of English, and focus on English needed for daily life. 

ESL Level 60 to ESL Level 80 focus on Academic ESL at the intermediate to advanced level. 

If space is available, students can take many of these classes for noncredit. In this case, classes are free except for a small mandatory transportation fee. See the course schedule for ESL classes that have a noncredit option. Students who want to take the class for noncredit will be added to a waitlist. On the first day of class, students on the waitlist may be given an authorization code to register for the course if there is space available.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Process


Step 1:  Create an OpenCCC Account and
              Fill out College of Marin application online

For Noncredit classes:  Click on "Apply for English as a Second Language (ESL) Noncredit Classes"

For Credit classes:  Click on "Apply for Credit Classes"

Step 2:  Receive Welcome Message Email
              with your Student ID Number (M00#).

Step 3:  Select ESL Level through one of these options:

  • ESL Self-Placement Tool:  You need your M00# to use the tool.

  • Assessment Test:  This will be an option once we return to face-to-face instruction.

  • Talk with a Counselor and/or ESL Instructor:  
    Make a counseling appointment or contact the ESL Office for an ESL Instructor.

Step 4:  For ESL Levels 10 to 50, contact the ESL Office.
              For ESL Levels 60 to 80, make an appointment
               to see a counselor.

Step 5:  Set up your MyCOM portal 
              and register for classes in your MyCOM portal.

If you have any questions, please contact the ESL Office at