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ESL – FAQ

What is on the placement test?

The placement test includes 100 multiple choice questions on listening comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar, and a written portion comprised of six short-answer essay questions.

How am I placed in an ESL level?

After your placement test, you will need to make an appointment for an oral interview. At the interview, your test results will be reviewed and you will be placed into the appropriate classes for your level. (The placement test is free, but you will need to pay $25 to apply to Brookdale.)

Please visit the ESL Placement Test link for full instructions.

What if I don’t have enough English to start the academic ESL program?

You will be directed to Brookdale’s free, non-academic ESL program (732-229-8440).

Is this program for students interested in teaching ESL?

No. Our program teaches English to second language learners. It is not for those who want to teach ESL.

How much is tuition?

For information on tuition, go to Tuition and Fees.

Can I get financial aid?

ESL students can receive financial aid. For information on financial aid, go to Financial Aid.

You may qualify for the Educational Opportunity Fund – EOF.

By when must I register?

Students may register until the second week of classes based on availability. Please note sections may fill early and a seat is not guaranteed. The sooner you register, the better. Late fees will apply if register late. See the Academic Calendar for specific dates.

What is Early Registration?

During April students can register for the upcoming Fall semester, and during November, students can register for the upcoming Spring semester. It is a good idea to pre-register during these periods because there are usually no lines and more available courses you can choose from. 

Do ESL courses count for college credit?

ESL courses do not count in the total number of credits required for graduation.

Do ESL courses affect a student’s GPA?

ESL courses that begin with a zero do not affect a student’s GPA. Only ESL 103 and ESL 104 do.

What happens if I fail a course?

If you receive a D or F in an ESL course, you will not be able to continue to the next level. Please speak with the ESL Administrator in Larrison Hall, Room 232, to proceed.

Can I take classes in the evening?

Yes, we offer day and evening sections of our core classes. Day time classes are on MWF, 10-11:45 or 12:00-1:45, depending on which level you place into. Evening classes are 6:00-8:45, on MW or TTH, depending on which level you place into. Additional classes run at other times and meet once or twice a week. Please use the ‘Search for Classes’ feature on Brookdale’s main page for details.

Can I take other courses while taking ESL courses?

You may start taking other courses while still in the ESL program. When and which courses will depend on your level. Please speak with the ESL Administrator in Larrison Hall, Room 232 to learn more.

Can I take ESL courses online?

No, all of our ESL courses are face-to-face.

May I study part-time?

We offer part-time and full-time schedules. Students who study full-time will need to take 12 credits.

Where can I buy my textbook?

You can buy your textbook at the College Bookstore located on the main Lincroft campus, in the Warner Student Life Center. Use Parking Lot #7.

How can I check out books at the library?

You will need to get a student ID card in order to take books home. To obtain your ID card, bring your registration receipt and a photo ID to the Student Life Center, Room 109. Use Parking Lot #7.

Where can I get information on International Student Admissions?

International Students, please visit the International Education Center.

Is there public transportation to Brookdale?

Please visit NJ Transit for train and bus schedules.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Please contact our ESL administrator, Synde Kaufman, at 732-224-2656 or skaufman@brookdalecc.edu