ESL Placement Test Prep (Reading and Writing) and Other Information about ESL

***For information about Math see Math Placement Test Prep

ESL Placement Testing Overview – Below is a list of activities, tutorials, and practice tests that will help prepare you for the ESL Placement Test from Compass. Please carefully do each activity that is provided. Just click on the link and follow the directions. Once you have completed each link, move on to the next one. By the end of this tutorial, you should be ready to take your test with much confidence! There are also some extra activities at the end if you would like more practice. Good luck!

Test Anxiety Video – This is a short video about test anxiety.

Test Taking Tips – Please read these informative tips about how to take a test effectively.

Pattern Memory (Students will click link and begin by clicking start) – See if you can beat the high score on this game that will help kick start your memory!

ESL Compass Test and Sample Test Questions – Reading and Writing

ESL Compass Test Breakdown (what is on the test) – Read this website to get an overview of what to expect on the placement test.

Reading – Here are some sample reading passages from Compass ESL Reading.

Writing – This site shows how your essay will be graded.

Vocabulary Building – Test your vocabulary knowledge on this website by answering multiple choice questions. For every answer that you get correct, a small amount of rice is donated to those in need. 

For more practice see Reading Test Prep  and Writing Test Prep.

Information about ESOL at Pellissippi

Pellissippi State offers free ESOL and TOEFL at area locations

The Adult Education Program at Pellissippi State Community College is offering free English Speakers of Other Languages and Test of English as a Foreign Language classes through June 30 at the following locations in and around Knoxville:

Oak Ridge/West Knoxville

St. Mary’s Catholic Church
327 Vermont Ave. (Oak Ridge)
ESOL Beginner-Advanced

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
(Child care available)

Pellissippi Campus, Pellissippi State
10915 Hardin Valley Road
Educational Resources Center, Room 330
ESOL Intermediate-Advanced
Mondays and Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
Advanced ESOL/TOEFL Preparation
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-8 p.m.

Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church
7234 Middlebrook Pike
ESOL Beginner-Intermediate
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.
(Child care available)

Downtown/University of Tennessee

Church Street United Methodist Church
900 Henley St.
ESOL Beginner-Intermediate
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.
(Child care available)

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
2931 Kingston Pike, Room C
ESOL Intermediate-Advanced
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.

East/North Knoxville

Norwood United Methodist Church
2110 Merchant Dr.
ESOL Beginning-Advanced
Sundays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

South Knoxville

Montgomery Village Baptist Church
4601 Joe Lewis Road
ESOL Beginner-Intermediate
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-11 a.m.
ESOL GED Preparation
Mondays, 9-11 a.m.

Students should show up at class to register. To find out more, they can call (865) 539-7109.