English as a Second Language

Students in class

If your native language is not English, you are required to take the English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test. The test will show whether you can begin college-level classes or if you need further study in ESL Courses.

You may not have to take the ESL Placement Test if:

  • You have attended four years of high school in the United States, or
  • You have presented TOEFL scores of at least 480 written, 157 computer, or 54-55 iBT.

Scheduling the Test

Call the testing office nearest you to schedule an appointment:

  • Mays Landing - (609) 625-1111, ext. 5449
  • Atlantic City - (609) 343-4831
  • Cape May County - (609) 463-4774, ext. 3775

ESL Courses

Atlantic Cape offers different levels of ESL courses. Check the list below to find out which one best meets your needs.

College ESL Program Adult Education ESL
Intensive multi-level college credit courses focused on reading, writing, listening, speaking and knowledge of American culture Elementary-level program designed for students with little to no knowledge of English
Courses are offered primarily at the Worthington Atlantic City Center Campus, with some advanced courses offered at the Mays Landing Campus; morning, afternoon, and evening classes Program is offered exclusively at the Worthington Atlantic City Center Campus; morning, afternoon, and evening classes
Application fee of $35; tuition is based on residency and is charged per college credit Registration fee of $15
After completing the College ESL Program, student take an Exit Exam to determine their placement into college courses within their degree program Upon completing the Adult Education ESL Program, students may decide to pursue the College ESL program to enhance their English language skills


For more information

For additional information about the College's ESL program, please call (609) 343-5081 or send an e-mail to dalicea@atlantic.edu.  To learn about the Adult Education ESL program, please call (609) 343-4713.