May 18, 2024  
2015 Spring Student Handbook 
2015 Spring Student Handbook [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Testing Information


The Delgado placement test and ESL exams are $15 each. To attend a testing session, students must 

  • Submit a Delgado admission application - go to and click on the “Apply Now” box.
  • Complete the free Delgado online orientation - go to, click “Future Students,” then click “Orientation” on the left side of the webpage. Examinees must provide their online orientation certificate of completion when they report for their placement test; first-time freshmen may then schedule their placement test.  

Placement Tests

Delgado provides two types of tests to determine a new student’s placement for college courses. The tests are

  • Placement Tests in English, math, and reading
  • English Language Proficiency Test

All degree-seeking college students (new, transfer, and re-admit students) who have not successfully completed college-level English and math courses or successfully completed developmental English or math courses with a grade of “C” or better within the last three years are required to take the Delgado placement tests. Most tests are computerized, and study guides are available at the Advising and Testing Office or at,, or for math.

If you have a copy of your ACT score, bring it to the placement test. Each placement testing session lasts approximately two and a half hours. ACT and placement scores are valid for three years. Use this ACT test score table below to determine which placement test, if any, you will be required to take.


Subject Score Do I have to take a placement test?
English 1 - 17 Yes
  18 - 24 No
  25 or higher* No
Math 1 - 17 Yes
  18 - 21 No
  22 or higher* No
Reading 1 - 16 Yes
  17 or higher* No

 *You may qualify for advanced placement. First-time freshmen who submit ACT scores of an acceptable level for advanced placement must fill out the appropriate form in the Advising and Testing Office during their first 30 credit hours to receive the advanced placement credit. An English score of 25 or higher and/or a composite score of 22 or higher qualifies a student for consideration for honors courses. Visit the Honors Program page for more information.


Placement tests are designed to determine levels of proficiency in the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics. Students who demonstrate a need for basic skills development will be advised into the appropriate developmental studies course(s) via their placement test results. This service is designed to make sure you are placed in classes where you can be successful.

Items to Bring to the Test

  1. Certificate of completion of the online orientation
  2. Current government issued photo ID
  3. Test admit slip
  4. Calculator
  5. Two #2 pencils

Please arrive 30 minutes before test time to check in. First-time freshmen should prepare to stay four to five hours if they choose to complete testing, advising, and registration on the same day. 


ESL English Proficiency Exam

All limited English proficiency students (students whose native language is a language other English or who come from an environment where a language other than English is dominant) must take the ESL exam. The results are valid for one year only. The ESL test consists of four Internet based tests and a handwritten composition that is in English only. The ESL test will determine the student’s level of English proficiency in four areas: reading, composition, grammar, and listening. Scores on this test will help advisors in the ESL department determine students’ placement in ESL, if necessary. Students who demonstrate English proficiency may place into English 101. Study guides are available in Delgado’s testing centers.

ESL examinees must

  1. Schedule a test online.
  2. Bring a photo ID to the test.
  3. Bring two #2 pencils to the test.

ESL students do not attend first-time freshman advising and registration sessions. First-time ESL students will meet with their advisors to receive their test scores and register by appointment. 


Important Testing Guidelines

No cell phones, food, drinks, or other electronic devices are allowed in the testing rooms.  

For first-time freshmen to schedule the placement test(s)and/ and to complete the first-time freshmen online orientation, see below procedures, call or email us, or visit your Delgado location and see below:

City Park Campus, 615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
Student Services Center, Building 2, Room 302
(504) 671-5080/5086                      

Delgado Northshore - Slidell, 320 E. Howze Beach Road, Slidell, LA 70458  
Room 113
(504) 671-6678/6600

·      West Bank Campus, 2600 General Meyer Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114 
Building 2, Room 115                                    
(504) 762-3198/3151

·      Delgado Jefferson Site, 5200 Blair Drive, Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 671-5080/5060    

How to Use Appointment Plus to Complete Your Online Orientation and Schedule a Placement Test Online

  1. Go to
  2. Click Future Student.
  3. Look on left side; click First-Time Freshmen.
  4. Click Orientation.
  5. Complete the 45-minute orientation.
  6. Copy your Orientation Confirmation.
  7. Click the small box that says Schedule Your Appointment Now.
  8. Enter your Delgado email address or register to log in.
  9. Select your campus, test (placement), and test date.
  10. Fill in your personal information: name, phone number, college-wide ID, email address.
  11. Select Finalize Appointment.
  12. You will receive an email confirmation to bring to the test with your ID and calculator.

Additional Online Course and Testing Requirements

Delgado online classes may require proctored (supervised) exams or learning activities associated with verification of the student’s identity.  Online students may have the option to go to a Delgado Community College campus/site or to a convenient off-campus location as approved by the instructor. Some courses require use of technology and a proctored testing software or service where additional fees may be assessed. Online proctoring charges are approximately $17.50 per one-hour exams for courses in which online monitoring is required. However, the above proctoring rate is only an estimate as course and testing requirements for online courses vary. Delgado students are responsible for checking with the instructor before the online course begins to ensure that the projected additional costs and the student’s schedule and location enable successful completion of all course requirements.

First Time Freshman Advising and Registration Sessions

The Office of Advising and Testing at Delgado Community College offers first-time freshman advising and registration sessions to assist new students with class selection and navigating the LoLA registration system. Sessions are offered at various times and days of the week throughout the registration period at all Delgado locations. Students should be prepared to spend approximately four to five hours on campus if they choose to complete testing, advising, and registration on the same day. To attend a first-time freshman advising and registration session a student must

1.        Be a new student (have never attended any college previously).

2.        Complete a Delgado admission application.

3.        Complete Delgado’s online orientation.

4.        Complete the Delgado placement test or have sufficient ACT scores for class placement (see above).

5.        Sign up for a session with the testing office at your Delgado location (see above).


Delgado Test Conversion Tables

  American College Testing (ACT)


English - BANNER code A01

1 - 16 Needs placement test
  17 Eligible to take combined ENGL 062 and ENGL 101 in first semester
  18 - 24 ENGL 101
  25 and up May qualify for advanced placement in ENGL 102
Mathematics - BANNER code A02 1 - 16 Needs placement test
  17 Eligible to take combined MATH 096 and MATH 118
  18 - 21 MATH 118 or 120
  22 - 26 MATH 128 or 130
  27 and up MATH 129 / 131 (AP credit given for MATH 118 when MATH 128 or 130 is completed with “C” or higher)
Reading - BANNER code A03

1 - 16

Needs placement test
  17 and up Reading not required
Science - BANNER code A04 22 and up BIOL 141 / 143 not required as prerequisite to 200 level biology courses
Composite - BANNER code A05 22 and up Honors candidate
Combined English/Writing - BANNER code A06    




  Delgado Compass Cut Offs - BANNER


English - BANNER code CENG

1 - 10 ENGL 060 Basic Composition
  11 - 45 ENGL 061 Developmental Composition I
  46 - 70 ENGL 062 Developmental Composition II
  71 - 95 ENGL 101
  96 - 99 ENGL 101 Honors
Mathematics - BANNER code CPAL, CALG, CCAL, CTRI    
 Pre-Algebra 1 - 43 MATH 091 Basic Math Review
  44 - 100 MATH 095 Introductory Algebra I or MATH 113 
Algebra 1 - 20 MATH 095 Introductory Algebra I or MATH 113
  21 - 39 MATH 096 Introductory Algebra II or MATH 114
  40 - 99 MATH 118 Algebra for College Students
College Algebra 0 - 45 MATH 118 Algebra for College Students
  46 - 99 MATH 128 Applied Algebra or MATH 130
Trigonometry 0 - 45 MATH 128 Applied Algebra or MATH 130
  46 - 100 MATH 131 Trigonometry, MATH 220 Calculus I, or courses with College Algebra and Trigonometry prerequisites
Reading - BANNER code CRDG 1 - 30 READ 070
  31 - 60 READ 071
  61 - 70 READ 072
  71 - 75  READ 072 / READ 101 (student places in READ 101 if placed in ENGL 101)
  76 - 90  READ 101 recommended(student places in READ 072 if placed in ENGL 062)
  91 - 99 No reading required


     Placement Test

English 2 ENGL 060
  4 ENGL 061
  6 ENGL 062
  8 ENGL 101
  10 (Honors candidate) ENGL 101
  77 (code) ESL English
  88 (code) ENRE 101
Mathematics 1 - 6 MATH 090
  7 - 11 MATH 091
  12 - 18 MATH 095 or 113
  19 - 25 MATH 096 or 114
  26 - 32 MATH 118 or 120
  33 - 45 (Honors candidate) MATH 128 or 130
Reading 1 - 6 READ 070
  7 - 12 READ 071
  13 - 16 READ 072
  17 - 20 and 6 or below READ 072 and ENGL 062 required
  17 - 20 and 8 or above READ 101 and ENGL 101 required
  21 - 24 READ 072 or READ 101
  25 - 36  Reading not required
Biology 1 - 23 BIOL 141 / 143
  24 or above BIOL 210, 211, or 251 (a score of 24 or above will not confer BIOL 141 / 143 credit)
Cumulative Score 3 - 12 See counselor
  68 - 93 Honors candidate


     ESL BANNER Test Code

ESL Grammar ESLG
ESL Reading ESLR
ESL Listening ESLL
ESL Writing ESLW