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EARLY PLACEMENT PROGRAM

Assessment and Placement 

Students at Montgomery College, including high school students seeking to take college courses, will be required to meet all assessment and prerequisite requirements for each course sought.  Montgomery College uses a variety of methods for determining course placement, including the SAT, ACT, AP and previous college coursework.  However, for most students, initial course placements are determined by scores from the ACCUPLACER test.  The College uses the ACCUPLACER test as in indicator of College readiness and  to help students identify areas in need of skill development  Early Placement students may only enroll in college level credit courses and may not enroll in developmental courses or courses that combine developmental and college level work. Students must test at 53+ ACCUReading to be eligible to take any college course.

In accordance with College policy, all ACCUPLACER, SAT and ACT scores will remain part of the student's permanent college record  and will be used to determine eligibility to take a course through Early Placement as well as  future course placement at MC after HS graduation.   


Do I have to take the ACCUPLACER test?

Students may be exempt from taking the ACCUPLACER by providing minimum qualifying SAT or ACT scores in English and/or math as follows: 

SAT ACT Minimum Assessment Level/Placement
English (Sentence Skills and Reading) 550+ (Critical Reading) 24+ (English) ENGL101/ READ120(exempt)
Math 550+ 24+ MATH093/096

Course assessment waivers may also be granted (and in some cases, credit awarded) on the basis of scores on specific CLEP,  and Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate, or Tech Prep.

For instructions on how to submit official SAT or ACT scores click HERE


Do I take the ACCUPLACER or ESL ACCUPLACER test?

To determine your English assessment level and placement, If your first language is American English or you have attended a U.S. school for 10 or more years (elementary, middle, high school), you will take the Accuplacer placement test. Otherwise, you will take the ESL Accuplacer placement test designed for students who speak American English as a second (or subsequent) language.

All students take the math section of the Accuplacer to determine the appropriate math assessment level and placement.


Where Do I take the Test?

MCPS Students:  The ACCUPLACER exam is administered at your  high school  on scheduled dates.  Students should check with their DEPA to obtain permission to test, testing schedule and next steps.   Students who do not test in the high school during the scheduled dates may obtain a Test Authorization Form to test at an assessment center on one of MC's three main campuses.  Authorizations will be provided by the MC Academic Coordinator through the DEPA . 

Non-MCPS Students: All other Maryland public school, home-schooled, private and out of state students must obtain a Test Authorization Form to test at an assessment center on one of MC's three main campuses.  Authorizations will only be provided by the MC Academic Coordinator. 


How Do I Prepare For the Test?

To prepare for the ACCUPLACER and ESL ACCUPLACER practice tests and for additional  information go to: 

  ACCUPLACER PRACTICE TEST/ INFO:
MC Assessment Center Test Prep (ACCUPLACER):
College Board Test Prep
   ESL ACCUPLACER PRACTICE TEST/ INFO:
MC Assessment Center Test Prep (ESL) 
English Vocabulary Exercises
Introductory/Elementary Writing Activities 

 


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