Assessment Centers & Testing

MC Students at computers

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

All students must follow instructions in the Student Guide (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) .

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

  • All Assessment Centers will close at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018.
  • Last Day for ACCUPLACER ESL: Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
  • Last Day for ACCUPLACER: Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Placement Testing

ACCUPLACER Placement Testing

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

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

Who takes the ACCUPLACER?

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.

New students may be exempt from taking the ACCUPLACER. Read this Placement Exemption document (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader)  for specific details.

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?

Students will need to complete an online orientation through My MC before meeting with an advisor. Assessment Center staff will provide instructions after you complete your test.

How Do I Schedule my ACCUPLACER test?

You will need this information to make an appointment. You will receive a confirmation email.

  • Current email address
  • M number (Montgomery College student ID number)
  • The campus at which you want to take the ACCUPLACER

Germantown exam registration

Rockville exam registration

Takoma Park/Silver Spring exam registration.

ACCUPLACER ESL Placement Testing

Who takes the ACCUPLACER ESL?

If your first language is not American English or you have not attended a U.S. school for 10 or more years (elementary, middle, high school), you will take the ACCUPLACER ESL placement test.

New students may be exempt from taking the ACCUPLACER ESL. Read this Placement Exemption document (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader for specific details.

What is the ACCUPLACER ESL?

The ACCUPLACER ESL (English as a Second Language) is a computerized self-paced, untimed test. It 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. The test results determine English and reading course placement levels.

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 ELAR 970 or higher.

The ACCUPLACER ESL test consists of a 25-minute 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?

Students will need to complete an online orientation through My MC before meeting with an advisor. Assessment Center staff will provide instructions after you complete your test.

How Do I Schedule my ACCUPLACER ESL test?

You will need this information to make an appointment. You will receive a confirmation email.

  • Current email address
  • M number (Montgomery College student ID number)
  • The campus at which you want to take the ACCUPLACER ESL

Germantown exam registration

Rockville exam registration

Takoma Park/Silver Spring exam registration.

Placement Test Preparation

For Online ACCUPLACER Preparation Resources, visit these links: 

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.

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

TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) - For Health Sciences Students only

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 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 30
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

Hours below are regular hours only. Hours may vary during peak times, finals, midterms, holidays, or for staff meeting closures. For up-to-date information, check the Testing Calendar (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) .

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. - 5:00 p.m. 
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All testing stops 15 minutes before 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.  
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All testing stops 15 minutes before closing.

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Contact:

Assessment_TPSS@montgomerycollege.edu 
ST323B
240-567-1555

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Hours of Operation, Peak Registration Testing

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. - 5:00 p.m. 
Fridays: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All testing stops 15 minutes before 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 (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) 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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