Initial ELPAC

The Initial English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that is given to newly enrolled students whose primary language is a language other than English. State and federal law requires that local educational agencies (LEAs) administer a state test for ELP to eligible students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The Initial ELPAC Fact Sheet Link to external site provides a summary of information.

Testing Window

The Initial ELPAC is administered throughout the year, from July 1 to June 30.


The purpose of the Initial ELPAC is to determine the English proficiency of students entering California schools for the first time who have a primary language other than English. Identifying students who need help learning in English is important so students receive the support they need to do well in school while receiving instruction in all school subjects.


The home language survey indicates if a student has a primary language other than English. The following are the English Proficiency Statuses for students associated with taking the Initial ELPAC:

  • EL—English learners
  • IFEP—initial fluent English proficient
  • TBD—to be determined

Students, whose English language acquisition status (ELAS) is to be determined (TBD), are administered the Initial ELPAC to determine whether they are English learners or IFEP students. There is no parent opt out or medical exemption for this assessment.


The Test Blueprints for the Initial ELPAC external icon were approved and adopted by the State Board of Education. The ELPAC is aligned with California's 2012 English Language Development Standards external icon.

Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents Video

The video "Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents" provides information about the Initial ELPAC including its purpose, an explanation of who takes the test, and a description of how parents and guardians will be notified of their child's results.

This video is recommended for parents and guardians who want to learn more about the ELPAC.

The "Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents" video is available in both English and Spanish.

ELPAC Overview Video

The "ELPAC Overview" video provides general information about the ELPAC, including its importance and purpose, an explanation of who takes the test, how it is administered, and general resources available.

The "ELPAC Overview" video is available in both English and Spanish.