Assessments
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Assessment Centers provide testing services to new and current Montgomery College students.

All students must follow Testing Center rules (see Student Guide for rules).

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
  • ACCUPLACER ESL resumes Monday, October 30th
  • Thanksgiving Week: Nov 23-24 CLOSED
  • TEAS testing resumes January to March 2018
Placement Testing

Montgomery College uses the ACCUPLACER and ACCUPLACER ESL tests to determine reading, English and math skills.

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.

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 recommendations for classes.

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:  

  1. Listening: (20 questions) measures the ability to listen to and understand one or more people speaking in English.
  2. Reading: (20 questions) measures the ability to read English through the comprehension of short passages.
  3. Language Usage: (20 questions) measures proficiency in using correct grammar in English sentences.
  4. 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.

See next tab for test preparation resources.

Test Taking Tips

  • For placement tests, ACCUPLACER and ACCUPLACER ESL, familiarize yourself with the types of questions and topics that will be covered by using online preparation resources.
  • Get enough sleep the night before your test.
  • Eat a healthy meal to energize you before your test.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early to the Assessment Center to allow time to ask questions and receive instructions prior to the test.
  • Bring a Montgomery College photo ID. If you do not have one, see list of authorized photo IDs below.
  • Placement tests are untimed. Relax, take a deep breath and read the test instructions carefully.

For Online ACCUPLACER Preparation Resources, visit these links:

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

For Health Sciences Students ONLY: TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)

All students who are interested in applying to any of the following health sciences programs at MC should register to take the ATI TEAS: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Physical Therapy Assistant. 

All students who are interested in applying to any of the following health sciences programs at MC should register to take the ATI TEAS: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Physical Therapy Assistant. 

  • All students taking the ATI TEAS VI at Montgomery College (MC) must be admitted as active MC students and receive an MC ID number (M#).
  • Students must create an ATI account by going to www.atitesting.com. Students will use their MyMC ID login name as their ATI User name.
  • Applicants will register for testing and pay the testing fee through their ATI account. Assessment Centers do not process registration or payment for this test.
  • On testing day, students must provide proof of identity with a picture form of identification; either government issued or Montgomery College ID. See a list of authorized picture IDs below.
  • Students may only take the ATI TEAS twice during a twelve (12) month period, starting with the first attempt. After the first attempt, students must wait 30 days before they can retake the exam.
  • Students will receive their ATI TEAS score report immediately following completion of the test.
  • Read more information about policies and procedures for the ATI TEAS at MC.
  • DSS students must contact the DSS Office for authorized accommodations prior to scheduling a test date with ATI.

New TEAS testing cycles:
Cycle 1: From end of May to the week of July 31
Cycle 2: From January to March 31
Register with ATI to access all available appointments during these cycles.

Learn more about about policies and procedures for the ATI TEAS at MC

 

Assessment Centers Locations and Hours

View the Assessment Centers Testing Calendar.

A valid photo ID is required for all tests. List of accepted ID cards: 

  • State issued photo ID: state driver’s license, state motor vehicle ID cards, state employee ID card
  • Federal (U.S.) issued photo ID: military IDs, passports (current International passports can be considered), federal employee ID card, lawful permanent resident card (green card)
  • County: current MC student ID, current public school IDs (high school ID cards), County Employee ID card

Germantown Contact:

Assessment_GT@montgomerycollege.edu
SA132
240-567-7739

Germantown Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All testing sessions stop 15 minutes prior to closing

Rockville Contact:

Assessment_RV@montgomerycollege.edu
CC014
240-567-7459

Rockville Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Closed for staff meetings from 1- 3 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All testing sessions stop 15 minutes prior to closing

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Contact:

Assessment_TPSS@montgomerycollege.edu 
ST323B
240-567-1555

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All testing sessions stop 15 minutes prior to closing

Academic Testing for Current Students

The Assessment Centers provide individualized academic testing for MC students enrolled in distance learning courses and taking academic make-up tests. See the Student Guide for more information. 

Information for Students with Documented Disabilities

If you require special accommodations, contact the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office on the campus where you plan to enroll. Contact the DSS office prior to taking an exam in the Assessment Center.

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