Areas of Study

Areas of Study

English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at South Puget Sound Community College has six levels of classes to help non-native speakers of English improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Classes meet in the morning, afternoon and evening on the Main Campus in Olympia and at Corporate and Continuing Education in Lacey.

ESL classes cost $55 a quarter ($25 tuition + $30 college fee).

How to Register for a ESL Class

Step #1: Go to

Step #2: Click on Choose and Exam

Step #3: Click on ESL Entry Testing

Step #4: Choose a campus: Main Campus or Hawks Prairie Campus

Step #5: Look for available dates (Dates for summer registration start in June).

Step #6: Click on date and choose a time.

Step #7: Fill out form with email address, first name, last name, birthdate and phone number. Include student ID number if you have one.

Step #8: Click the box that says “I acknowledge that I have read and will follow the above text”, and hit the register button.

Step #9: Come to the ESL entrance test. The test will take two to three hours. The ESL entrance test is offered on the computer.

If you have problems registering for the entrance exam, please call 360-754-7711 x4223 and someone will get back to you to help with the registration process.

ESL Entrance Test Location

The ESL entrance test will be administered on the Main Campus, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. The testing center is located in building 22, suite 201. One test session is held at the Hawks Prairie Center, 1401 Marvin Rd, Lacey.

Other Important Entrance Test Information

  • Children are not allowed in the Testing Center.

If you are in the U.S. on a student or tourist visa, you are not eligible for the college’s ESL classes. Please call (360) 596-5396 for information about the Intensive English Program.

 A World of Possibilities     in ESL

ESL WorldsWhile South Puget Sound Community College’s English as a Second Language Program is about learning, it is also about becoming part of something bigger. Each year, South Puget Sound ESL students produce “ESL Students Bring You the World,” a collection of writings on cultural traditions, folktales, immigration stories, and impressions of the United States. Writing the book gives the co-authors an experience to share with other non-native English speakers and allows them to add their stories to the larger narrative of American culture. In South Puget Sound’s ESL Program, you too can learn to share your experiences.


Heather Williams
ESL Faculty
Bldg. 33, Room 104
(360) 596-5390

Julie Williamson
ESL Faculty
Bldg. 33, Room 107
(360) 596-5328

Shanon Millman
ABE/GED/ESL screening
Bldg. 25, Room 126
(360) 596-5238