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

The Summative ELPAC is an untimed test. Students are allowed as much time as they need to complete their responses in each domain (i.e., Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing). However, the Listening domain in grades three through twelve is administered via audio recordings with standardized wait times between test questions. The estimated minutes in Table 1 through Table 7 are provided only as a basis for planning.

The testing schedule may be altered to give students sufficient breaks to avoid fatigue. The test may be administered over the course of several days. However, at kindergarten through grade two, an entire domain should be administered in a single sitting. At grades three through twelve, the entire Listening domain and Speaking domain should each be administered in a single sitting. At grades three through twelve, the Reading domain and Writing domain may each be administered in either one or two sessions.

For each domain of the test, allow an additional five minutes to read directions and, when applicable, to administer the practice questions. Actual testing times may be shorter if the student exits the test at a stopping marker. Testing times may be longer if a student needs time to finish entering responses.

Table 1. Estimated Testing Time for Kindergarten
Kindergarten, Form 1Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 20
Speaking (Individual administration) 10
Reading (Individual administration) 15–20
Writing (Individual administration) 10–15
Total estimated test administration time 55–65
Table 2. Estimated Testing Time for Grade One
Grade 1, Form 1Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 25
Speaking (Individual administration) 10
Reading (Individual administration) 20–25
Writing (Individual administration) 10–15
Total estimated test administration time 65–75
Table 3. Estimated Testing Time for Grade Two
Grade 2, Form 1Minutes
Listening (Group administration) 35
Speaking (Individual administration) 15
Reading (Group administration) 30–35
Writing (Group administration) 10–15
Total estimated test administration time 90–100
Table 4. Estimated Testing Time for Grades Three Through Five
Grades 3–5, Form 1Minutes
Listening (Group administration) 35
Speaking (Individual administration) 15–20
Reading (Group administration) 45–60
Writing (Group administration) 45–60
Total estimated test administration time 140–175
Table 5. Estimated Testing Time for Grades Six Through Eight
Grades 6–8, Form 1Minutes
Listening (Group administration) 35
Speaking (Individual administration) 15–20
Reading (Group administration) 45–60
Writing (Group administration) 45–60
Total estimated test administration time 140–175
Table 6. Estimated Testing Time for Grades Nine Through Ten
Grades 9–10, Form 1Minutes
Listening (Group administration) 35
Speaking (Individual administration) 15–20
Reading (Group administration) 45–60
Writing (Group administration) 45–60
Total estimated test administration time 140–175
Table 7. Estimated Testing Time for Grades Eleven Through Twelve
Grades 11–12, Form 1Minutes
Listening (Group administration) 35
Speaking (Individual administration) 15–20
Reading (Group administration) 45–60
Writing (Group administration) 45–60
Total estimated test administration time 140–175