Application Process

Application Process

for Intermediate and Advanced Academic ESL Students

Level 50, 60, 70, and 80 students can take the following classes at their level for either credit or noncredit:
       ESL/ESLN 53, 54, 56, 58A, 58B, 58C, 60, 63, 64, 66, 73, 74, 76, 80, and 86.

For new students and students returning to the college after an absense of one year or more:
  • For CREDIT:  You must fill out the CCCApply online application.
  • For NONCREDIT:  You must fill out the Noncredit CCC Apply online application.
  • For both of these options, go to Apply for Admission on the College of Marin website and click on ""Apply for Credit Classes" or "Apply for Noncredit ESL."
  • The College will send you a "Welcome to College of Marin" email with your user name and your COM Student ID #.

  • With the COM Student ID, you can sign up for one of the scheduled ESL Orientation and Placement Workshops.   
  • If a student cannot attend one of the NC ESL Orientation and Placement Workshops, they can sign up to take the ESL placement test at:The Assessment and Testing Office:  (415) 485-9469. This office is located in the Student Services Center, room 238 on the Kentfield Campus OR in Building 27 at Indian Valley Campus
  • Practice Test (pdf)

When you have your placement, complete the First Time User Process to set up access to the MyCOM Portal and register for classes.


  • New students who place in levels 50 and above should attend an ESL Student Success Orientation  (see bottom of page)
  • 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. 
  • For Spring 2020, students will be able to register for ESLN 53 and 56 starting in early December.
  • Noncredit students will be put on a waitlist.
  • These students must attend the first class of the Spring semester and get an add authorization code from their teacher if there is space.

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 ESL placement test. 
  • If they score 90% or higher, they may take the ESL Placement Test to see if they place higher than level 50.

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.