This orientation is required for all new international students attending Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College or Merritt College. If you are unable to attend, please contact the Office of International Education (

ESL Assessment Tests

If you are planning to take ESL Classes, you will need to schedule an ESLassessment test. Please see available dates below reserved specifically for international students. If these dates/times do not work for you, please check the class schedule for more available times and contact the college assessment office for an appointment. Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis.

Students must arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to appointment!



To sign up for an assessment test at Berkeley City College (BCC), you will need to email


If you take the test at BCC, you must also first complete the mandatory online orientation here:


Here is the Spring 2017 Assessment Schedule for BCC.

We also have 2 spaces reserved at the College of Alameda for the ESL Assessment test on January 11th and 19th. To reserve, please use the links below:

Orientation Documents

International Student Handbook
Campus Maps