ESL Guided Placement

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Welcome, ESL students!

The fourth step of the registration process is course selection for math, English, and ESL. This process begins with completion of the Guided Placement Tool.

New ESL Placement Process

Cypress College has implemented a new placement process for guidance on choosing ESL courses. English Language Learners are invited to participate in this new process.

ESL Placement Process 
Step 1: Guided Placement Tool
To use the tool:
Log in to myGateway
Scroll down the left navigation list to select Cypress Tools
Select Cypress College Guided Placement
Complete the Guided Placement tool.
Step 2: Counseling Appointment Students should meet with a counselor for ESL course placement

If you experience any problems using the ESL Guided placement tool, selecting a course, and/or registering for an ESL course, let us know, and we will help you through the process! Email

Pathways for English Language Learners

Pathway for U.S. High School Graduates    
or Equivalent (GED, HiSET, CHSPE)

These students have the right to access any ESL course, including ESL 110C, as well as ENGL 100C or ENGL 101C.

Pathway for All Other New ESL   

ESL students who have not earned a high school diploma (or equivalent) in the United States should engage in the ESL Placement Process (see above). 

For more information about the credit ESL program at Cypress College, visit the ESL web page. For questions or help with ESL course placement and registration, email

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