ESL Registration and Class Information

English as a Second Language program registration and class information

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(505) 224-4287

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Course Repeat Process

Submit a Course Repeat request to repeat a course for the 3rd time or more.

You can request permission to repeat a course for the Spring 2020 term from October 14 – December 18, 2019.

View the course repeat page for more information.

To register for ESL classes, all students must successfully complete an ESL orientation session. There is a registration fee of $10.00 dollars per term. Classes for the Spring 2020 term will start on February 17, 2020.

After completing the orientation you must take a CASAS ESL placement test in order to register. This is an English reading test on a computer and is used to determine your level for classes. The test will take about an hour and thirty minutes to complete. Paper testing is only available on Mondays and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m., and evening testing is by appointment at Main Campus only.   Please ensure that you have completed the CASAS ESL placement test before the registration period begins. Test scores are good for six months. Call 224-4287 for more information.

**Please note that during the term Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm, you will need a visitor parking permit to park on Main campus.  Fill out the visitor parking form at this link to get a permit:  Visitor Parking Permit (one day only).

Orientation Sessions

Select a CNM campus to sign up for an orientation session. You will be directed to a web form that includes the dates and times of available orientation sessions.

Main Campus 

ESL Class Information

We offer leveled classes (Beginning, Low/High Intermediate, and Advanced) as well as multi-level classes.

  • You can choose one leveled class (350, 450/550, 650) that matches your test score.
  • You can select one (leveled or multi-leveled) class and an elective (Citizenship or GED in Spanish) depending on your test score.

For detailed course descriptions, please see the ESL section of the course catalog. If your CASAS ESL placement test score is 236 or above, then you can take the CASAS Reading and Math GOALS tests and register for HSE preparation classes, or take the Accuplacer test in the Assessment Center and register for college-level classes for ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages). For information on days, times, and campus class offerings, please see our ESL Class Schedule or call 224-4287 for more information.

Additional Options for ESL students

If you are interested in CNM's Spanish bilingual program in Early Childhood Multicultural Education, contact Sandra Arpero at, (505) 224-4000 ext. 53917. The program is open to ESL students with test scores of 181-235.

If you are interested in CNM's Nursing Assistant program for ESL students, contact the Adult Basic Education department at (505) 224-4287. The program is open to qualified Advanced ESL students with test scores 221 (Advanced) or above.