Initial English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC): Estimated Testing Times

The computer-based Initial ELPAC is an untimed test. Students are allowed as much time as needed to complete the test. The estimated times on this page are provided for planning purposes. Actual testing times may be shorter if stopping points are used, or longer if a student needs the time to finish entering responses.

For each domain of the test, allow an additional five minutes to read directions and administer the practice questions in the domains in which they appear. Braille estimated testing times can be found on the Initial ELPAC Braille Estimated Testing Times web page.

Table 1. Estimated Testing Time for Kindergarten
KindergartenMinutes
Listening (Individual administration) 5–10
Speaking (Individual administration) 5–10
Reading (Individual administration) 5
Writing (Individual administration) 5–10
Total estimated test administration time 20–35
Table 2. Estimated Testing Time for Grade One
Grade 1Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 5–10
Speaking (Individual administration) 5–10
Reading (Individual administration) 5–10
Writing (Individual administration) 5–10
Total estimated test administration time 20–40
Table 3. Estimated Testing Time for Grade Two
Grade 2Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 10–15
Speaking (Individual administration) 5–10
Reading (Individual administration) 5–10
Writing (Individual administration) 10–15
Total estimated test administration time 30–55
Table 4. Estimated Testing Time for Grades Three Through Five
Grades 3–5Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 10–15
Speaking (Individual administration) 10–15
Reading (Individual administration) 5–10
Writing (Individual administration) 20–40
Total estimated test administration time 45–85
Table 5. Estimated Testing Time for Grades Six Through Eight
Grades 6–8Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 10–20
Speaking (Individual administration) 10–15
Reading (Individual administration) 10–20
Writing (Individual administration) 10–20
Total estimated test administration time 40–75
Table 6. Estimated Testing Time for Grades Nine Through Twelve
Grades 9–12Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 10–20
Speaking (Individual administration) 10–20
Reading (Individual administration) 10–20
Writing (Individual administration) 10–20
Total estimated test administration time 40–80

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 17, 2020