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.

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

There is no tuition charge for ESL courses, though you may need to purchase books.

What you will need

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Live in Wisconsin
  • Attend Open Testing for ESL classes

We do not offer ESL classes to tourists visiting for temporary travel, au pairs or individuals with temporary visas. This includes individuals with visas sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WESLI, or other institutions of higher education.

If you are interested in obtaining or maintaining a F1 student visa, please visit our Center for International Education.

Returning and New Students

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. 

New Students

New to Madison College or our ESL Classes?

Start here if you live in Dane County

  • 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  

Start here if you live outside of Dane County

Take ESL classes at 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, 133

2429 Perry St
Madison, WI 53713


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

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