Initial ELPAC

The Initial ELPAC is the required state test for initial identification of English language proficiency. Find more detailed information about test administration in the Initial ELPAC Online Test Administration Manual.

How the Initial ELPAC Works


Who takes these tests?

Students whose home language survey results indicate a language other than English must take the Initial ELPAC. There is no parent opt out or medical exemption for this assessment.


What is the test format?

The Initial ELPAC is computer-based; however, the Writing domain for kindergarten through grade two is paper–pencil.


When is the testing window?

For information on the testing window and assessment timeline, refer to the Assessment System Chart and the California Assessment Timeline.


Which standards are tested?

The Initial ELPAC tests the 2012 California English Language Development Standards.


What is the estimated testing time?

The Initial ELPAC is an untimed test. Estimated testing times for the Initial ELPAC vary between forms, grade levels and grade spans, and domains. Refer to the Initial ELPAC: Estimated Testing Times web page for additional information.

Initial ELPAC Resources

Resources About the Initial ELPAC

The Initial ELPAC Process At-A-Glance Initial ELPAC Assessment Fact Sheet CDE Parent Guides to Understanding
ELPAC Information Guide

Provides local educational agencies, schools, educators, and families with the information they need to administer the ELPAC

Scoring and Correction Resources

Where to Submit Answers for the ELPAC

Provides information on how to determine where responses to the Initial ELPAC and Summative ELPAC should be submitted

Initial ELPAC Participation and Scoring flyer

Provides information of different participation configurations based on domain exemptions that can be assigned to the student

The Correction of Classification Process At-A-Glance

Provides information on the process of correcting a student’s English language acquisition status

ELPAC School/Group List

When downloaded and completed, serves as a reference for the LEA as to what is being returned in each shipment when returning Answer Books

Domain Information Sheets