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Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact for more information?

Who should take HawCC’s ESL classes?

What are the differences between ESL classes and other English classes?

How do I know which classes to take?

How do I register for ESL classes?

What is the ESL Lab?

How is the Hawai`i Community College Intensive English Program (IEP) different from the ESL program?

  1. The IEP classes are non-credit and not covered by financial aid.

  2. ESL classes earn credit and qualify for financial aid.
  3. The IEP places students according to the following ESL Compass scores:
    Level 1:  0-50
    Level 2:  51-64
    Level 3:  65-70
    Level 4:  71+
  4. The ESL program places students according to the following ESL Compass
    scores:
    ESL 20R:  71-83
    ESL 21:    84-93

    ESL 20G:  71-83
    ESL 22G:  84-93

    ESL 20W:  13 for the writing sample
    ESL 22W:  15 for the writing sample

  5. IEP classes meet 4 times a week for 8 week sessions.

  6. ESL classes run on a semester system (16 weeks).

  7. IEP focuses on the needs of international students with assistance for visas, housing, and adjusting to life in Hilo.
  8. The ESL program focuses on the needs of English language learners who are residents.