Assessment Centers & Testing

MC Students at computers

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

Starting July 1, Montgomery College will use ALEKS Math to place students into math courses. New students will need to complete ALEKS Math as well as Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English for placement.

There are no changes to ACCUPLACER ESL placement testing.

For test information and to schedule an appointment, review the sections below under "Placement Testing."

All students must follow instructions in the Student Guide (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

  • Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English will resume September 3, 2019
  • ALEKS Math will resume September 3, 2019
  • ACCUPLACER ESL will resume October 21, 2019
  • All Assessment Centers will close for training on Thursday, September 19

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, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

LIST OF ACCEPTED ID CARDS:

A valid photo ID is required for all tests. Bring one of the following (no temporary receipts or photocopies):

  • 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. Closed from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. for staff meeting.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All testing stops 15 minutes before closing.

Hours listed 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 link above.

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 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for staff meeting. Re-opens: 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All testing stops 15 minutes before closing.

Hours listed 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 link above.

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. Closed from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. for staff meeting.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All testing stops 15 minutes before closing.

Hours listed 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 link above.

Placement Testing

Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English Placement Testing

Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English will resume September 3, 2019

Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English will resume September 3, 2019

Montgomery College offers Next-Generation ACCUPLACER  English for placement in English and other courses. Students with classic ACCUPLACER English or Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English scores should transfer their scores for review to the Office of Enrollment Services

Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English scores help counselors and academic advisers recommend courses that are appropriate for you.

The Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English placement test is untimed. If you require disability-related accommodations, contact the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office.

Who takes Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English?

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 Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English  placement test. 

New students may be exempt from taking the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English. Read the Placement Test Exemption Criteria (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  document for specific details.

What is Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English?

The Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English is a computerized self-paced, untimed test. The test is delivered in a multiple choice format.  Your scores will determine which English courses you are eligible to take. The Next-Generation ACCUPLACER  English has two parts:

  1. Next-Generation Reading:  (20 questions) assesses the test-taker’s ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts.
  2. Next-Generation Writing:  (25 questions) evaluates a test-taker’s ability to revise and edit multiparagraph text. 

Students are allowed one retake of the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English test after meeting with a counselor or advisor. 

 How Do I Schedule my Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English test?

You will need this information to make an appointment: 

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

You will receive a confirmation email after you make an appointment. You may only schedule individual appointments.

For MCPS testing, please contact the Assessment Center for information.

Click the campus location below to make an appointment:

How Will I Get my Test Scores?

Assessment Center staff will provide instructions after you complete your test. Students will need to complete an online academic orientation through My MC before meeting with an advisor. Visit the Academic Orientation webpage for more information.

ALEKS Math Placement Testing

  ALEKS Math will resume September 3, 2019

  ALEKS Math will resume September 3, 2019

ALEKS Math Placement Testing section summary, electronic version (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

Montgomery College will begin implementing ALEKS Math placement starting July 1, 2019.

ALEKS Math placement scores help counselors and academic advisers recommend courses that are appropriate for you.

The ALEKS Math placement test is untimed. If you require accommodations contact the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office.

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. 

New students may be exempt from taking ALEKS Math.  Read the Placement Test Exemption Criteria (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  document  for specific details.

Non-native speakers of English may take the ALEKS Math placement test after taking the ACCUPLACER ESL test. A placement score 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:

  • A tools tutorial that will help you to learn about types of questions, content, and math tools that will be available during your tests.
  • Diagnostic (Test 1) 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 and the learning module in your own time with any digital device and a reliable Internet access. Once you begin Diagnostic (Test 1), you will have 48 hours  to complete and submit the test; otherwise, it will reset.
  • Test 2: You will need to wait 48 hours before taking this test. You will complete this test in an Assessment Center. This test is untimed. After you complete your diagnostic test and meet the wait time requirement, you will make an appointment with an Assessment Center. After Test 2, you may meet with a counselor to discuss your course placement.
  • Test 3 (if necessary): You will need to wait 48 hours and complete 3 hours of your learning module before taking this test. You will complete this test in an Assessment Center. This test is untimed. After you finish working on your learning module, and meet the wait time requirements, you will make an appointment with an Assessment Center.
  • Test 4 and 5 (if necessary): You will need to wait 48 hours and complete 3 hours of your learning module before taking one of these tests. In addition, you will need authorization from the Math Department prior to Test 5. Please visit the Math Department on your campus for information. These tests are untimed. After you finish working on your learning module, and meet all the requirements, you will make an appointment with an Assessment Center.

How do I schedule my ALEKS Math test?

To make an appointment with an Assessment Center for the ALEKS Math test, follow these steps:

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 an account and complete a math diagnostic test.

STEP TWO:

You will receive a confirmation email after you make an appointment. You may only schedule individual appointments.

What if I need assistance with computer or internet access?

Assistance is available at our Learning Centers: 

How Will I Get my Test Scores?

Students can view their scores in their ALEKS account. However, students should meet with an advisor after completing their first attempt in the Assessment Center for interpretation of placement scores. Assessment Center staff will provide instructions after students complete their test. 

 
ACCUPLACER ESL Placement Testing

ACCUPLACER ESL will resume October 21, 2019

ACCUPLACER ESL will resume October 21, 2019

 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 the Placement Test Exemption Criteria (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  document 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 ALEKS Math placement test after taking the ACCUPLACER ESL test. A placement score of ELAR 970 or higher is required to take the math placement exam.

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 Do I Schedule my ACCUPLACER ESL test?

You will need this information to make an appointment: 

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

You will receive a confirmation email after you make an appointment. You may only schedule individual appointments.

For MCPS ACCUPLACER ESL testing, please contact the Assessment Center for information.

Click the campus location below to make an appointment:

How Will I Get my Test Scores?

Students must wait a minimum of 10 business days from the date of their exam, and complete an online academic orientation through My MC to get their results. Assessment Center staff will provide the following post-test instructions once the exam is completed: ACCUPLACER ESL Post-Test Instructions (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Visit the Academic Orientation webpage for more information.

Placement Test Preparation

For online ACCUPLACER English Preparation Resources, download the free College Board application ACCUPLACER Test and Study App Information

ACCUPLACER Next-Generation English sample questions:

 If you would like to take an ACCUPLACER prep class, check MC Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Preparation Tutorial.

For ALEKS Math placement tests, preparation is available in the Prep and Learning module, an individualized, self-paced online review that is available after completing the diagnostic test. See the section "ALEKS Math Placement Testing" above for more information. 

Test Taking Tips

  • For placement tests, familiarize yourself with the types of questions and topics that will be covered by using the free online ACCUPLACER app.
  • 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 valid photo ID. See list of authorized photo IDs above.
  • Placement tests are untimed. 
TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills for Health Sciences Students)

 TEAS Testing will resume January 2020 and stop on March 31, 2020.

 TEAS Testing will resume January 2020 and stop on March 31, 2020.

TEAS section summary, print version (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

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.

GED® Testing

Information and resources for students interested in GED® testing at Montgomery College

Information and resources for students interested in GED® testing at Montgomery College

GED section summary, print version (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
GED section summary, electronic version (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Students interested in TAKING the GED® test at Montgomery College should complete the following steps:

STEP 1: REVIEW MARYLAND STATE GED® TESTING REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a Maryland state resident to take the GED® Test in Maryland
  • You must be at least 19 years old, or have officially withdrawn from High School by submitting a Withdrawal/Exception Form to the Maryland GED® Office.
  • Visit the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website for state requirements and forms: http://www.dllr.maryland.gov/gedmd/gedcbttaker.shtml

Note: Non-state residents cannot complete the GED® test in Maryland

STEP 2: CREATE A GED® ACCOUNT TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE

  • Visit www.ged.com to create your profile. If needed, request testing accommodations directly with GED®
  • Schedule your appointment and the exam modules ($11.25 per module) you want to complete; recommendation: no more than two modules per appointment
  • Select Montgomery College for your appointment; available testing dates and times will appear depending on your campus selection

Note: All scheduling is coordinated directly with GED®, not Montgomery College

STEP 3: ATTEND AND COMPLETE YOUR GED® APPOINTMENT

  • Report to the Montgomery College Assessment Center where you appointment is schedule at least 15 minutes beforehand
  • Bring an accepted, current form of identification to your GED® test appointment: 
    Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration driver’s license, learner’s permit or identification card, or a current active duty military identification card
  • Visit the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website for identification waiver form if needed: http://www.dllr.maryland.gov/gedmd/gedcbttaker.shtml

Note: No other forms of ID will be accepted without an approved identification waiver

Information and resources for students interested in PREPARING for the GED® test:

WHAT IS THE GED® TEST?

The General Educational Development (GED®) test is completed on the computer, and covers four subjects in four separate exam modules

The GED® exam modules are:

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA): 155 minutes
  • Mathematical Reasoning: 120 minutes
  • Science: 95 minutes
  • Social Studies: 75 minutes

With the exception of the RLA exam, GED® exam modules can completed in English or Spanish. Exam items include multiple choice, short response, fill-in-the blank, drop-down, drag-and-drop, and extended response.

WHAT IS A PASSING SCORE ON THE GED® TEST? 

The GED® test has a passing score of 145 for each module. To earn your Maryland high school equivalency, you will need to score 145 on all four modules.

Students who achieve a score of 165 or higher in the Reasoning Through Language Arts and/or Mathematical Reasoning modules are eligible to enroll in college-level English and mathematics courses at Montgomery College.

More information about GED® score levels can be found online: https://ged.com/about_test/scores/

HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR MY GED® TEST? 

Montgomery College GED® Test Prep: 

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

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, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) 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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