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Frequently Asked Questions


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The Germantown Campus has
 1,719 International students (non-citizens).



 Frequently Asked Questions

What are placements levels? 


You must take assessment tests, including the ESL Accuplacer test, to determine your placement level.  Placement levels indicate the specific courses you must complete in English, Reading and Speech.  You may not register for all higher level courses until you complete these course requirements.

What are assessment levels?


Assessment levels are the minimum levels of English, reading or math that may be required for any course in the College Catalog.  For example, the Catalog states that CS 110 requires specific assessment levels in English, reading and math.  You cannot register for any course with a required assessment level until your academic record shows that you have met that level. 

Why do only non-native speakers of English take the ESL Accuplacer test?


The ESL Accuplacer test is designed for students who learned American English after already speaking at least one other language.  It produces accurate results for these students. 

I graduated from a Montgomery County high school. Isn’t that enough proof that I speak English?


The ESL Accuplacer and Accuplacer tests are used to assure that all degree seeking Montgomery College students have adequate English language skills to succeed academically.  The tests are not used to see whether you speak English, but whether you are academically prepared in English for college level courses.

What happens if my ESL Accuplacer score is not high enough to take EN 101?  Can I re-test?


Students are permitted one re-test as long they have not registered for classes.  The re-test may only be taken in the next testing cycle (usually the following semester).

When should I take the ESL Accuplacer test? 

 You should take the exam at least 6-8 weeks before the start of you first term at Montgomery College.  Registration begins very early each semester, and many continuing education and AELP classes fill up quickly.  Waiting too late to take the ESL Accuplacer test may cause you to miss your opportunity to study an entire semester.

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