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PLACEMENT TESTING

Montgomery College uses the ACCUPLACER and ACCUPLACER ESL tests to determine reading, English and math skills. Placement scores help counselors and academic advisers recommend courses that are appropriate for you. 

ACCUPLACER and ACCUPLACER ESL placement test is untimed. If you require accommodations contact Disability Support Services.

PLACEMENT EXEMPTIONS

New students may be exempt from taking a placement exam (ACCUPLACER or ACCUPLACER ESL). Read this Placement Exemption (pdf) document for specific details.

If you do not have exemptions, here is how you determine which placement test is right for you:

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 ACCUPLACER ESL placement test designed for students who speak American English as a second (or subsequent) language.

 

ACCUPLACER 

What is the ACCUPLACER?

The ACCUPLACER is a computerized self-paced, untimed test. The test is delivered in a multiple choice format. Most students complete the test within 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Your scores will determine which English and math courses you are eligible to take.

The ACCUPLACER has three parts:

  1. Reading Comprehension: (20 questions), measures reading skills, such as identifying the main idea and making inferences, through the comprehension of short passages.
  2. Sentence Skills: (20 questions), measures understanding of sentence structure and grammar.
  3. Mathematics: (questions that range from Elementary Algebra to college-level mathematics), measures a range of math skills from basic algebraic concepts and operations to college-level math concepts. You will begin with one section and, depending on your performance, may advance to another section.

    Students are allowed one retake of the ACCUPLACER test after 48 hours have elapsed and after having met with a counselor or advisor. (College Policy and Procedure 58002: Section IV, Part B.)

How Will I Get my Test Scores?


After you complete the ACCUPLACER you will be instructed by Assessment Center staff about how to sign up for an academic orientation and receive your test results and recommmendations for classes.

Visit our ACCUPLACER Test Preparation page for more resources.

NOTE: Montgomery College uses the classic ACCUPLACER placement test for college admission. We are not offering the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER at this time.

ACCUPLACER ESL 

What is the ACCUPLACER ESL?

The ACCUPLACER ESL is a computerized self-paced, untimed test. You should take the ACCUPLACER ESL (English as a Second Language) Test if you did not learn American English as your first language and did not attend at least 10 years of school (elementary, middle, high school) in the United States. The test results determine English and reading course placement levels.

The ACCUPLACER ESL Test includes both multiple choice questions and a writing sample. The multiple choice sections are untimed. Most students complete the test within 2 to 3 hours. This test does not include any math questions. Non-native speakers of English may take the Mathematics section of the ACCUPLACER test after taking the ACCUPLACER ESL test and placing into AELR 930 or higher.

The ACCUPLACER ESL test consists of a 25-minute AELP essay and four untimed computerized sections:

  • Listening: (20 questions), measures the ability to listen to and understand one or more people speaking in English.
  • Reading: (20 questions), measures the ability to read English through the comprehension of short passages.
  • Language Usage: (20 questions), measures proficiency in using correct grammar in English sentences.
  • Sentence Skills: (20 questions), measures the understanding of meaning in English sentences.

How Will I Get My Test Scores?

After you complete the ACCUPLACER ESL you will be instructed by Assessment Center staff about how to sign up for an academic orientation session to obtain your results. At the academic orientation session you will receive your scores and recommendations for classes. You will be able to take the math section of the ACCUPLACER depending on your English and reading scores.

Visit our ACCUPLACER Test Preparation page for more resources



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