You must be a Madison College student to take ESL classes with us

Getting a better job, talking with your children’s teachers – even opening a bank account. So many things depend on learning or improving your English. Madison College has ESL students from 60 countries. We respect where you’ve come from and where you want to go.

What you will need

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Live in Wisconsin
  • Attend Open Testing for ESL classes
Why Xochilth chose Madison College
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Learn at Any Level
Beginning, intermediate and advanced ESL classes let you start where you feel comfortable.
Classes Are Free
There is no tuition charge for ESL courses, though you may need to purchase books.

New & Returning Students

New to Madison College or our ESL Classes? Start here:

  • Step 1:  Create a New Student Account
  • Step 2:  Take an ESL Test. Please allow 2.5 hours for the test.

To take the test remotely, schedule an appointment by clicking on the link below.  You will be asked to provide your name, email, phone number, and student ID#.

Schedule ESL Test

To take the test on-campus, attend one of our open testing sessions on Mondays and Thursdays at the Goodman South Campus, Rm 127.  Plan to arrive between 9-11 am or 2-6 pm to allow enough time for testing.

For questions, please contact our office at contact 608.258.2440, extension #1 (ESL) or  

Returning Student? Please contact our office at 608.258.2440 Option 1 and we will tell you if you need to take the ESL Placement Test, or help you register for ESL classes virtually or in-person. 

Do you live outside of Dane County?

Take ESL classes are our Fort Atkinson and our Reedsburg campuses.

Classes are scheduled from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm two nights per week. We offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced level courses. Students in the intermediate and advanced level will take ESL courses, along with a course designed to improve their professional communication skills and leadership skills in order to improve employment opportunities.

Step 1: Create a student account

Step 2: Sign up for ESL Orientation and Registration Session

For questions, please contact Oscar Diaz by emailing: or call 920.568.7216.

Contact the School of Academic Advancement

Madison Goodman South Campus, 127

2429 Perry St
Madison, WI 53713


  • Monday – Thursday: 8 am - 8 pm
  • Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm

Se habla Español.