ELPAC Test Administration

ELPAC Administration Overview

Local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to administer the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) to eligible students in kindergarten (or year one of a two-year kindergarten program, sometimes referred to as “transitional kindergarten”) through grade twelve. The ELPAC is comprised of two assessments:

  1. Initial Assessment (IA)—an initial identification of students as English learners
  2. Summative Assessment (SA)—an annual assessment to measure an English learner’s progress in learning English and identify the student's English language proficiency level

Information about the transition from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the ELPAC and an implementation timeline is available on the About Web page.

The following are some basic administration facts about the ELPAC:

  • Paper-pencil assessment
  • Two separate assessments: IA and SA
  • IA shorter than the SA
  • Seven grades/grade spans: kindergarten (K), 1, 2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–10 and 11–12
  • One-on-one administration for students in K and grade 1
  • Four domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
  • Group administration for Listening, Reading and Writing at grades two through twelve (2–12)
  • Read-aloud by Test Examiner in the Listening domain at K and grades 1 and 2; recorded audio in the Listening domain at grades 3–12
  • One-on-one administration of Speaking items to all students; real-time scoring of Speaking items by a trained Test Examiner
  • All constructed-response items in the Writing domain (no multiple-choice items)


Complete the 2017–18 Superintendent Designation of LEA ELPAC Coordinator Form external icon.

Complete the 2017–18 Test Security Agreement for LEA ELPAC Coordinator and Site ELPAC Coordinator Form external icon.

Download the ELPAC Test Security Affidavit for Test Examiners and Proctors.

Download the ELPAC School Group List.