English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the mandated state test for determining English language proficiency (ELP). It is administered as an initial assessment to newly enrolled students whose primary language is not English, as indicated on a home language survey; and, annually, as a summative assessment to students who have been previously identified as EL students. For more information, please refer to the ELPAC Information Guide 2022-23 (DOCX) Link to external site.

The general and Alternate ELPAC are aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards (2012 ELD Standards) (PDF) Link to external site. The Alternate ELPAC is aligned through the English Language Development Connectors (ELD Connectors) (DOCX) Link to external site.

The general and Alternate ELPAC are delivered via a computer-based test delivery platform. The general ELPAC has four domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) which are administered on computer except for the Writing domain for kindergarten through grade two, which will remain as a paper-based test. The Alternate ELPAC has two communication modes: expressive (Speaking and Writing) and receptive (Listening and Reading).

 

Types of ELPAC Assessments

  • Initial ELPAC—The general assessment whose results provide the primary identification of students as English learners (ELs)

    The test administration window runs from July 1 to June 30.

  • Summative ELPAC—The general assessment, administered annually, whose results measure an EL student's progress and identify the student's ELP level

    The test administration window runs from February 1 to May 31.

  • Initial Alternate ELPAC—The alternate assessment whose results provide the primary identification of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities as ELs

    The test administration window runs from July 1 to June 30.

  • Summative Alternate ELPAC—The alternate assessment, administered annually, whose results measure and identify the student's ELP level, for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities

    The test administration window runs from February 1 to May 31.

 

The ELPAC Overview video is available in both English and Spanish.

ELPAC Overview Video: English (Video; 16:06) (Posted 11/17/17) ELPAC Overview Video: Spanish (Video; 18:28) (Posted 11/17/17)

 

The Summative ELPAC Student Score Report video is available in both English and Spanish.

Summative ELPAC Student Score Report Video: English (Video; 6:58) (Posted 7/23/18) Summative ELPAC Student Score Report Video: Spanish (Video; 8:42) (Posted 7/23/18)

 

This video is recommended for parents and guardians who want to learn more about the ELPAC.

The Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents video is available in both English and Spanish.

Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents Video: English (Video; 5:51) (Posted 7/23/18) Introduction to Initial ELPAC for Parents Video: Spanish (Video; 7:08) (Posted 7/23/18)å

 

ELPAC Practice Tests and Information can be found at www.elpac.org or you can click the following links to be redirected to the practice tests, videos and resources:

 

The test questions in the Practice Test are reproduced from these test materials.