English Language Acquisition (ELA)

Registration and Placement Exam Schedule

Please call (630) 942-3697 to schedule your appointment.
You may take your test at one of the five locations below. Placement testing takes approximately three hours.


Upcoming Testing Dates

College of DuPage Main Campus
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110

9 a.m.
May – 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 30 and 31
June – 3

6 p.m.
May – 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17and 18

5 p.m.
May – 30 and 31

Addison Center
301 S. Swift Road
(630) 942-4600

10 a.m. May 22
5 p.m. May 22

Carol Stream Center
500 N. Kuhn Rd.
(630) 942-4888

May 23 at 10 a.m. or 5 p.m.

Naperville Center

1223 Rickert Drive
(630) 942-4700

May 25 at 10 a.m. or 5 p.m.

Westmont Center
650 Pasquinelli Drive
(630) 942-4800

May 24 at 10 a.m. or 5 p.m.

Additional Courses and Locations

English Language Acquisition (ELA) instruction is a free educational opportunity for adult community members, 17 years of age or older, whose primary language is other than English. ELA classes improve a student's English skills in the areas of conversation, listening/speaking, reading and writing for the purpose of community participation, employment or to further educational opportunities.

There are seven course levels, beginning through high-intermediate. Classes meet four to 10 hours per week at more than 25 locations throughout the district during the morning, afternoon and evening.

Accelerated ELA Courses
Did you know that you can complete an ELA class in just 8 weeks? Students can move through ELA levels at an accelerated pace with classes that meet four days per week. (Available in Bensenville and Glen Ellyn)

All students must take a placement test and attend a short orientation/intake session prior to registration. Placement testing, orientation and registration take approximately three hours. Children are not allowed in the testing room so please plan ahead.
Call (630) 942-3697 for registration days and times.

What's Next?
College of DuPage has several options for students who want to continue their education or training after completing the ELA program.
Students can register in the Academic English Language Studies (ELS) program to obtain the English skills necessary to take college-level classes and start a degree program. The Adult Basic Education (ABE)/High School Equivalency (HSE) program allows students lacking a high school diploma to build their reading, writing and math skills in order to pass the GED® exams and obtain a high school equivalency certificate.

For students wanting to begin a career path, College of DuPage offers numerous certificate programs which, upon completion, provide the qualifications necessary to obtain employment in industries such as healthcare, information technology, criminal justice or hospitality to name a few.

Academic ESL

For Academic ESL, please call (630) 942-2047 or email liberalarts@cod.eduVisit the Academic ESL page.


Contact Information

Adult Education and ELA Office
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-3697
Fax: (630) 942-3804

Office Hours
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  • For the purpose of compliance with Public Law 101-166 (The Stevens Amendment) approximately 26% of the College of DuPage ABE/GED/ESL programs are federally funded.

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