Application Process

Notice - Fall 2019 for Intermediate and Advanced Level students:

  • All Academic Level ESL classes (levels 50 and above) are now closed for the Fall 2019 semester.

  • During the Fall 2019 semester, you may apply to the college through CCCApply and take the placement test at the Assessment and Testing Center so that you will be prepared to enroll for Spring 2020 semester classes in December.

  • If you would like to begin the process of applying, taking a placement test to find your correct level, and enrolling in classes, please come in to the ESL office in the Academic Center (AC) Room 109 on the Kentfield Campus if you need assistance. 

At this time, the office is open:
  • Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 6:30 pm

  • Fridays from 9 am to 2 pm

  • Saturdays from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Application Process for Intermediate and Advanced Academic ESL Students

Level 50, 60, 70, and 80 students can take the following classes for either credit or noncredit:
ESL/ESLN 53, 54, 56, 58A, 58B, 63, 66, 73, 74, 76, 80, and 86.

Please follow these steps:

  • All new interested ESL students, both noncredit and credit, must complete the CCCApply online application.
  • The College will send a "Welcome to College of Marin" email with a Student ID.
  • With the COM Student ID, schedule an appointment for a credit ESL test at the Testing Office (415) 485-9469 or come to one of the scheduled Noncredit ESL Student Success Workshops. 
  • Practice Test (pdf)
  • Also, new students should attend a Credit ESL Student Success Orientation or complete an online orientation available in the MyCOM Portal.
  • Make an appointment to see a counselor to receive a student education plan by calling (415) 485-9432.

By phone:
ESL Office (415) 485-9642 or
Counseling (415) 485-9432 or
Assessment and Testing (415) 485-9469

In person:
ESL Office, Academic Center, room 109 or
Counseling, Student Services Center, room 212 or
Assessment and Testing, Student Services Center, room 238

New Credit Students

New students who wish to take classes for credit can start registering on the date listed as Priority 8, according to the Priority Registration Schedule, or even earlier if they have completed the four steps above. 

New Intermediate to Advanced Noncredit Students 

  • Students who wish to take classes for noncredit can also start registering for classes at this same time.
  • Noncredit students will be put on a waitlist and added on the first day of class if there is space.
  • Students wanting to take the class for noncredit will need to get an add code from the instructor the first day of class.

All Students

Level 50, 60, and 70 ESL credit or noncredit classes are not open entry/open exit. This means that students must begin at the start of the semester and complete the entire semester. Please see the Academic Calendar for the semester start and end dates.


  • Credit students will receive an official letter grade or Pass/No Pass if they choose this.
  • Noncredit students will receive an unofficial grade of Pass or No Pass. Noncredit students can also be dropped just as credit students can be. 
  • All the students, both credit and noncredit, are expected to attend classes, do all assignments, and take tests. 

Students moving from ESLN 40 to Intermediate and Advanced level ESL classes:

  • If current noncredit Level 40 students score 80% or higher in the ESLN 40 promotion test, they are eligible to take level 50 classes, and they do not need to take the credit ESL placement test. 
  • If they score 90% or higher, they should take the Credit ESL Placement Test.
  • All other students who have not received a test result should also take the credit ESL placement test in the Assessment and Testing Office:
    Student Services Center, room 238, Kentfield Campus
    Building 27 at Indian Valley Campus
    (415) 485-9469

Please ask at the ESL Office for an updated flier which includes a convenient schedule of classes with the CRN numbers to take the classes for credit or noncredit. Please direct any questions regarding this process to the ESL office.