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RP Part Three: MC Remote Placement

No previous scores/transcripts? No problem! 

We will figure out the courses that meet your learning needs using our MC Remote Placement.

Below there are four tabs. ESL, English, Math and Chemistry have a tab with instructions and tasks.

 You do not have to go through all these sections. You will only click on the tabs for the academic areas that you need. Remember that in most cases, you will need to complete your English or ESL placement before you can complete your Math or Chemistry placement. If you are not sure where to begin, email us at RemotePlacement@montgomerycollege.edu for guidance.

You will complete the ESL Remote Placement if your first language is not American English and you have not attended a US school for 10 or more years (elementary, middle, high school). International (F1 visa) students should also complete the instructions in this section.

You will complete the English Remote Placement if your first language is American English and you have attended a US school for 10 or more years (elementary, middle, high school).

Students without a high school diploma or GED and under the age of 18 years old by the first day of their initial entry term are considered Underage Students. Underage students are not eligible for standard admission into the College and may only register through dual enrollment. Please visit our Dual Enrollmentnew window webpage for more information.

You may complete the Math Remote Placement plan while you are working on your English placement. For ESL and International (F1 visa) students, you must receive an ESL placement of ELAR970 or higher in order to begin your math placement.

You will complete the Chemistry Remote Placement  after you have completed your math placement and received a MATH117 or higher assessment.

After you complete your English or ESL Remote Placement, you must complete the Online New Student Orientation and the Online Academic Orientation. For more information, follow the instructions in RP Part Four: Online Orientations.

MC ESL (English as a Second Language) Remote Placement
Who should take the ESL Placement?

Students who have not enrolled in classes at Montgomery College should complete the ESL placement process in order to be placed in the correct classes.  

You should take the ESL placement if either of these statements are true:

  • your first language is not American English
  • you have not completed 10 or more years of study in a U.S. school (elementary, middle, high school).

Students without a high school diploma or GED and under the age of 18 years old by the first day of their initial entry term are considered Underage Students.  Underage students are not eligible for standard admission into the College and may only register through dual enrollment.  Please visit our Dual Enrollment webpage for more information.

We suggest you begin by watching this short video: Getting Started at Montgomery College or follow the steps below.

What is ESL Remote Placement? 

There are two ESL programs and one basic skills program offered at Montgomery College. 

  1. English Language for Academic Purposes: This is an academic ESL program. For more information, visit their webpage English Language for Academic Purposes and email ESLPlacement@montgomerycollege.edu.
  2. ESL Noncredit Program: This is a pre-academic ESL program. For more information, visit their webpage ESL Noncredit Program or email them at: ESL-Rockville@montgomerycollege.edu.
  3. ESL and GED program: Adult ESOL and Basic Skills for College and Careers. This program offers classes at locations throughout Montgomery County. For more information, visit their webpage Adult ESOL and Basic Skills for College and Careers or email them at: esol@montgomerycollege.edu.  
What will you do in the ESL Remote Placement? 
  • Writing: You will answer questions about yourself. You will also write about a topic for about 30 minutes. The next day you will receive instructions in your college email to make a remote appointment (using Zoom) with an ESL Placement Advisor.
  • Speaking: This professor will conduct a brief interview with you, including a short speaking assessment, and give you your placement results. This professor can also answer your questions and guide you to next steps, which may include making a follow-up appointment with a Counseling Advisor. 
What steps do you need to take to schedule the ESL Remote Placement?

Step 1: Apply to the College

  •  If you are still working on this step, please finish claiming your college account. Visit this webpage: Getting Started: How to Apply and Register. This page will help you complete the following tasks: 
    1. Completing the admissions application
    2. Obtaining an M# (Montgomery College student ID number)
    3. Activating your MyMC and Montgomery College email accounts.
  • If you need accommodations related to a disability, contact Disability Support Services before completing any tasks in this section. 
  • If you still have questions about applying to the college, contact the Office of Raptor Central or a counselor.

Step 2: Determine which is the right placement for you. 

You should take the ESL placement if your first language is not American English, or you have not completed 10 or more years of study in a U.S. school. If this is not true for you, you should take the English Placement.

Some new students may not have to complete this process if they have alternative placements from their U.S. high school. For more information about alternative placements, look at the section  Multiple Placement Options in this webpage before completing your placement process.

Step 3: Complete the ESL Remote Placement  

  1. Have your MyMC login credentials ready.
  2. Go to this link: ESL Remote Placement.
  3. Using your MyMC login, open and carefully complete the tasks in this form.
  4. You may only do this process once. If you feel that you need to revise something after submitting your form and paragraph responses, please email ESLPlacement@montgomerycollege.edu.

What if you have additional questions?

Email us at ESLPlacement@montgomerycollege.edu.

Step 4:  Take other placement exams

Talk to a counselor to find out if you need to complete the Math or Chemistry placement.

When you have completed your remote placement for all of your courses, your next step will be to go RP Part Four: Online New Student Orientation on this webpage.

Honesty Matters at MC 

 Dishonest work on the ESL placement could hurt your ability to receive financial aid or hurt your GPA by placing you into a more advanced course that you are NOT ready for.

 Cheating is a violation of Montgomery College’s academic policies and principles and is taken seriously. You are required to follow the honor policy below when taking tests and doing the placement process: 

  • Do not receive help from others
  • Do not use the Internet or other outside resources
  • Do not use your cell phone

We look forward to talking with you and we wish you all the best for your experience at Montgomery College!

 
MC English Remote Placement

English and Reading want to welcome you to Montgomery College!

Students should follow these steps if your first language is American English and you have attended a US school for 10 or more years (elementary, middle, high school).

Students without a high school diploma or GED and under the age of 18 years old by the first day of their initial entry term are considered Underage Students.  Underage students are not eligible for standard admission into the College and may only register through dual enrollment.  Please visit our Dual Enrollment webpage for more information

Step One: Apply to the College

 If you are still working on this step, please finish claiming your college account. Visit this webpage: Getting Started: How to Apply and Register.

This page will help you complete the following tasks: 

  • Completing the admissions application
  • Obtaining an M# (Montgomery College student ID number) 
  • Activating your account 

Step Two: Check your transcripts/scores

 Some new students may not have to complete a placement process if they already have alternative placement scores. For example:

  • SAT scores 
  • ACT scores 
  • ACCUPLACER scores 
  • GED scores 
  • Transcript (Maryland High School or Other College)
  • AP Language and Composition Test Scores

Make sure to visit the section Multiple Placement Options in this webpage before completing your placement process.

If you have one of these placement options, STOP and submit your unofficial scores to the Office of Raptor Central.

Step Three: Remote Placement Process

  • Have your MyMC login credentials ready
  • Using your MyMC login, open and complete the tasks in this form: MC English Remote Placement
  • This process will take about 30-40 minutes to complete
  • You may only do this process once.  If you feel that you need to revise something after submitting your form and paragraph responses, please email EnglishPlacement@montgomerycollege.edu.

Honesty Matters at MC

There is no benefit to inflating or deflating your abilities on the Writing tasks. Your scores will not change your ability to take courses at Montgomery College. We will use your paragraph responses to help you choose the most appropriate courses for your incoming knowledge level and academic path. 

Dishonest work on the paragraph responses could hinder your ability to receive financial aid or hurt your GPA by placing you into a more advanced course than you are ready for.

Cheating is a violation of Montgomery College’s Student Code of Conduct and is taken seriously. You are required to follow the honor policy below:

  • Do not receive help from others.
  • Do not use the Internet or other web-based resources.

Step Four:

  • An English and Reading Advisor will contact you within two to three business days.
  • The English and Reading Advisor may request to make a remote appointment with you.
  • After the remote appointment, you should be able to register for an English class.

Step Five:

  • If you need to complete Math or Chemistry placement, you must do that separately:
  • If you have completed your remote placement for all your courses, you must go next to Part Four: Online Orientations in this webpage.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I meet someone face-to-face for help?

Yes. We have office hours available for students who would like to meet a faculty member in person. Use this link to find appointment times.

What if I need an accommodation related to my disability to complete the English Remote Placement tasks?

For disability related accommodations, contact Disability Support Services before completing any tasks in this section.

When should I register?

For spring 2021 classes, we recommend that you register immediately. Classes fill up and you may not get the class day/time that you prefer.

What if I change my mind about placement?

If you change your mind about placement, you may email EnglishPlacement@montgomerycollege.edu and ask to make an appointment with an English and Reading advisor. You can also speak with an advisor the first week of classes.

What if I don’t want to take English composition this year, but I place into ENGL 101/011?

We urge you to take Math and English immediately. Statistics show that students who take English and Math their first year of college will complete college at much higher rates that their peers who do not. If you want to consider other options, please email EnglishPlacement@montgomerycollege.edu.

 
MC Math Remote Placement

Math, Statistics and Data Science department faculty members want to welcome you to Montgomery College!

You are reading this section because you did not have any math scores or transcripts from the list of Multiple Placement Options in Step Two of this website or you need to take a higher level math.

Students without a high school diploma or GED and under the age of 18 years old by the first day of their initial entry term are considered Underage Students. Underage students are not eligible for standard admission into the College and may only register through dual enrollment. Please visit our Dual Enrollment webpage for more information

If you need an accommodation related to your disability to complete your ALEKS Math Placement, contact Disability Support Services before you begin any exams.

Honesty Matters at MC

There is no benefit to inflating or deflating your abilities on the math placement test.

Your scores will not change your ability to take courses at Montgomery College. We use your scores to help you choose the most appropriate courses for your incoming knowledge level and academic path.

Dishonest work on this test could hinder your ability to receive financial aid or hurt your GPA by placing you into a more advanced course than you are ready for.

Cheating is a violation of Montgomery College’s Student Code of Conduct and is taken seriously. You are required to follow the honor policy below when taking tests:

Do not receive help from others.

Do not use the Internet or other outside resources.

Do not use your own calculator. (A calculator is provided in ALEKS when needed.)

Do not use your cell phone.

 Who Takes ALEKS Math? 

If your first language is American English or you have attended a US school for 10 or more years (elementary, middle, high school), you will take the ALEKS Math placement test. 

 Non-native speakers of English may take the ALEKS Math placement test after completing ELAP Remote Placement. A placement level of ELAR 970 or higher is required to take this math placement test.

What is ALEKS Math Placement?

Montgomery College offers ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) assessment to determine readiness for mathematics courses. 

ALEKS Math consists of the following items:

A tools tutorial that will help you learn about types of questions, content, and math tools that will be available during your tests.

Diagnostic (Test 1):  You cannot use the result of this test to register for classes.  The result of this test will create an individualized learning module that you will complete to refresh your math skills. You will complete this test in your own time with any digital device and a reliable Internet connection while following the honor policy stated above. Once you begin the Diagnostic (Test 1), you will have 48 hours to complete and submit the test. Otherwise, it will reset, and you will have to re-do the Diagnostic.

Test 2: Once you’ve completed the Diagnostic (Test 1), ALEKS will assign you a Prep and Learning Module that is built based on the results of the diagnostic. Once you have done at least 3 hours of work in the ALEKS learning module and 24 hours has passed since you completed Test 1, you will see Test 2 available to take on your ALEKS home page. Keep in mind that you can continue to work in the learning module for more than 3 hours. The more practice the better! When you are ready to test, just click on Test 2 and take it similarly to Test 1 while following the same honor policy. After Test 2, you should make an appointment with Counseling & Advising to discuss your course placement. To meet with a counselor, follow the instructions in this webpage: Meet with a Counselor/Advisor.

Test 3 (if necessary): If after consulting with a counselor or academic advisor, you feel that your course placement does not reflect your actual skill level you can retake the placement test. You must complete an additional 5 hours minimum in your learning module before the retest. However, you are encouraged to spend as much time in the learning module as you need in order to refresh your knowledge.

All tests are untimed. However, you only have 48 hours to finish once you begin. The typical test is 1-2 hours. Your test can be longer or shorter depending on your performance.

How Do I Take the ALEKS Math Placement Test?

Step One:

Obtain your M# (Montgomery College student ID number)

Visit the webpage Getting Started: How to Apply and Register and complete "Step Two: Activate Your Account and Determine Placement"

After activating your MyMC account, go to ALEKS to open and create your account. You will need your MyMC login information.

Once your ALEKS account is created, you can login to your ALEKS module anytime at www.aleks.com using your MyMC username and password.

Step Two:

Login to ALEKS follow the directions, and complete the Tools Tutorial.

When complete, ALEKS will automatically start you in Diagnostic (Test 1).

You will need about 2 hours of uninterrupted time, a paper and pencil, and a reliable internet connection.

Step Three:

Complete a minimum of 3 hours of honest work in your learning module.

You are strongly encouraged to work more than 3 hours in order to refresh your knowledge and to help ensure that you are placed appropriately.

Step Four:

Take Test 2 in your own time. Follow the honor policy mentioned above.

After you complete a minimum of 3 hours of work in the learning module and 24 hours has passed since you completed Test 1, you will see Test 2 available to take on your ALEKS home page.

Keep in mind that you can continue to work in the learning module before taking this test.

When you are ready to test just click on Test 2 and take it similarly to Test 1.

Step Five:

If you need to complete English or Chemistry placement, you must do that separately:

If you have completed your remote placement for all your courses, you must go next to Part Four: Online Orientations in this webpage.

How Will I Get My Test Scores?

You can always view your scores in your ALEKS account. You should schedule a meeting with a counselor or advisor after completing Test 2. Your scores will be uploaded and registration for classes can occur the day after your test. Remember that Test 1 is used as a diagnostic. It does not count for registration purposes and it will not upload in the college system.

What If I Need Technical Support?

If you experience difficulty with your MyMC login:

Email: itservicedesk@montgomerycollege.edu

Call: (240) 567-7222 for IT Support.

If you experience technical difficulties within ALEKS, please contact ALEKS Support

Telephone: (800) 258 – 2374

What if I need math assistance?

If you need math help, please contact:

Ms. Nafeesa Aziz: nafeesa.azizi@montgomerycollege.edu

Ms. Lori Christy: lori.christy@montgomerycollege.edu

Understanding How ALEKS Scores Correspond to Course Eligibility *

For ALEKS Scores 0-45: 

For ALEKS Scores 0-45:
  Score Range (0-13) Score Range (14-29) Score Range (30-45)

Majors that focus on the sciences (e.g., biology, science education, chemistry), math, math education, or engineering

WDCE (Workforce Development and Continuing Education)

MATH045/050 (Foundations of Algebra Support/Foundations of Algebra)

MATH050 (Foundations of Algebra)

Majors that focus on business (e.g., accounting, finance, marketing, economics) or information systems

WDCE (Workforce Development and Continuing Education)

MATH045/050 (Foundations of Algebra Support/Foundations of Algebra)

MATH050
Foundations of Algebra

Majors that focus on communications (including advertising), social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, criminology)

WDCE (Workforce Development and Continuing Education)

MATH 017/117 (Elements of Statistics Support/Elements of Statistics)

MATH117
Elements of Statistics

Majors that focus on elementary and early childhood education

WDCE (Workforce Development and Continuing Education)

MATH030/130 (Elementary Math I Support/Elementary Math I)

MATH030/130 (Elementary Math I Support/Elementary Math I)

Majors that focus on the arts, humanities (e.g., history, philosophy, literature), or languages

WDCE (Workforce Development and Continuing Education)

MATH 017/117 (Elements of Statistics Support/Elements of Statistics)
OR
MATH020/120 (Survey of College Mathematics Support/Survey of College Mathematics)

 MATH117
Elements of Statistics
OR
MATH120
Survey of College Mathematics


For ALEKS Scores 46-100:

For ALEKS Scores 46-100:
  Score Range (46-60) Score Range (61-75) Score Range (76-100)

Majors that focus on the sciences (e.g., biology, science education, chemistry), math, math education, or engineering

MATH050 (Foundations of Algebra)

MATH165 (Precalculus)

MATH181 (Calculus I)

Majors that focus on business (e.g., accounting, finance, marketing, economics) or information systems

MATH050 (Foundations of Algebra)

MATH150 (Elementary Applied Calculus I)

MATH150 (Elementary Applied Calculus I)

Majors that focus on communications (including advertising), social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, criminology)

MATH117 (Elements of Statistics)

MATH117 (Elements of Statistics)

MATH117 (Elements of Statistics)

Majors that focus on elementary and early childhood education

MATH130 (Elementary Math I)

MATH130 (Elementary Math I)

MATH130 (Elementary Math I)

Majors that focus on the arts, humanities (e.g., history, philosophy, literature), or languages

MATH117 (Elements of Statistics)
OR
MATH120 (Survey of College Mathematics)

MATH117 (Elements of Statistics)
OR
MATH120 (Survey of College Mathematics)

MATH117 (Elements of Statistics)
OR
MATH120 (Survey of College Mathematics)


* Please note that your eligibility to take math courses also depends on your reading and English placement.

  
MC Chemistry Remote Placement

Chemistry department faculty members want to welcome you to Montgomery College!

In order to be ready to take CHEM131 at Montgomery College, you must read through the steps in this section. 

Students without a high school diploma or GED and under the age of 18 years old by the first day of their initial entry term are considered Underage Students.  Underage students are not eligible for standard admission into the College and may only register through dual enrollment.  Please visit our Dual Enrollment webpage for more information.

Step One: Apply to the College

If you are still working on this step, please finish claiming your college account. Visit this webpage: Getting Started: How to Apply and Register.

This page will help you complete the following tasks:

  • Completing the admissions application
  • Obtaining an M# (Montgomery College student ID number)
  • Activating your account
Step Two:

Students are eligible to enroll in CHEM131 directly if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  •  Assessment level of MATH117 (APPM) and completion of one of the following:
    • ALEKS CHEM131 Preparation module with 95% mastery
    • CHEM099 Introductory Chemistry (grade of C or higher)
  • Assessment level of MATH165 or higher and completion of AP Chemistry or Honors-level Chemistry (grade of C or higher in past 2 years)
  • Assessment level of MATH181 or higher **
  • Completion of MATH165 (grade of C or higher) **
  • Completion of Precalculus (grade of B or higher) or Calculus (grade of C or higher) in high school within past year **

 ** Students may want to consider the low-cost ALEKS CHEM131 Preparation module (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) for a review of background chemistry knowledge prior to enrolling in CHEM131 Principles of Chemistry I.

How do I request a registration override for CHEM131? 

To request a registration override for CHEM131 submit, send an email to chemistry@montgomerycollege.edu with this information:

  1. Verification that you meet one or more of the CHEM131 eligibility criteria
  2. Your student M#
  3. Term (Spring) in which you wish to register
Step Three:

Students with limited or no prior high school chemistry course background (more than 2 years ago) and assessment of MATH117 (APPM) must complete one of the following options:

  1. ALEKS CHEM131 Preparation module – contact chemistry@montgomerycollege.edu for course code
  2. CHEM 031 Exploration (2 cr) + CHEM 131 Principles of Chemistry I (4 cr)
  3. CHEM 099 Introductory Chemistry (3 cr)
HOW CAN I BE BETTER PREPARED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN CHEM131?

There are 3 options for students to prepare to start CHEM 131. Pick the option that’s best for you:

Option A:

**ALEKS CHEM 131 Preparation module – The ALEKS CHEM 131 Preparation Module is designed to provide you with the pre-requisite background knowledge necessary to be successful in CHEM 131. To get started, contact chemistry@montgomerycollege.edu.

ALEKS is a Web-based system that uses adaptive questioning to determine your knowledge level in chemistry and provide you with an individualized learning experience tailored to your specific strengths and weakness. Because it recognizes your prior knowledge, it allows you to spend time learning only the content you need to master while bypassing content you already know. This gives you the ability to take control of your learning and master the material at your own pace over an 11-week access period. The module must be completed to 95% to be ready for CHEM131.

Option B:

NEW!  CHEM 031 Principles of Chemistry I Exploration – an academic support course (2 credits) designed to be taken concurrently with CHEM131 (4 credits) allowing students that need additional preparation to complete CHEM131 in a single semester. Check the online course schedule for available sections.

Option C:

CHEM 099 Introductory Chemistry – our traditional preparatory course offered either face-to-face or through distance learning (DL).  This class (3 credits) provides the background chemistry content needed to be prepared to take CHEM131. Check the online course schedule for available sections.

What if I need an accommodation related to my disability to complete the Chemistry Remote Placement tasks?

For disability related accommodations, contact Disability Support Services before completing any tasks in this section.

Who do I contact for help? 

Students should consult with an academic counselor, a Chemistry Department Chair or a faculty advisor:

Rockville campus: Chemistry@montgomerycollege.edu or Thomas.Chen@montgomerycollege.edu
Germantown Campus: Scot.Magnotta@montgomerycollege.edu or Richard.Pires@montgomerycollege.eduTakoma Park campus: Valerie.Lantz@montgomerycollege.edu

 

  

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