Fall 2013 Closures:
Who takes placement tests?
Students are exempt from taking placement tests under the following circumstances:
English (Reading and Sentence Skills) Placement Test Exemptions:
Math Placement Test Exemptions:
Placement tests are administered after the student has applied for admission to the college. Placement testing is conducted on a walk-in basis. Call the Test Center at 443-518-1280 with any questions regarding the test.
All Freshman Focus Placement Testing done in the Test Center must be scheduled in advance through Admissions and Advising. Please call Sarah Francisco at 443-518-4192 or e-mail SFrancisco@howardcc.edu for an appointment. For more information on Freshman Focus click here.
Walk in Placement Testing
Monday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
What Do I Need to Bring With Me?
A valid (unexpired) government or institutional issued photo identification, such as your student ID, driver's license, passport, or military ID. All personal items will be placed in lockers, including books, notes, pens, pencils, calculators, cellular telephones, electronic devices, purses, lip balm, watches, wallets and keys. All pockets must be empty.
The Test Center will provide a calculator, pencils and scrap paper for use during Placement Exams.
The college administers ACCUPLACER English and math placement tests to assess students' skills in these areas. English placement testing includes a reading comprehension test which evaluates comprehension skills, and a sentence skills test which evaluates writing skills. The math test is designed to evaluate skills in relation to those required for college math courses. The ACCUPLACER exams are computer based tests (CBT) developed by College Board.
Students may be asked to write a paper-and-pencil-based essay if their first attempt at the ACCUPLACER sentence skills section is below a certain level. The essay exam is the only timed portion - students are allotted 45 minutes to write their essays.
All of these tests are placement tests - students do not "pass or fail" them and they do not affect admission to the college. They are used to place students in the appropriate college-level or college preparatory courses, based upon their skills.
The ACCUPLACER tests are administered on personal computers. Prior computer or typing experience is not necessary for taking the tests. Easy to understand instructions appear on the computer screen. Almost all questions are multiple choice and answers are easily marked using the computer keyboard or mouse. A few questions will involve entering a simple response - for example, students enter their name and student identification number.
Reading comprehension, sentence skills and math are untimed. While each test generally takes 15 - 30 minutes to complete, some students will take considerably longer.
The advantage of ACCUPLACER is that it is "adaptive". This means that the computer determines which questions are presented to each student based on their responses to previous questions. This results in a more accurate assessment of each student's skills by ensuring that the majority of questions they are asked are not too easy or too difficult. Therefore, students must select a response for EVERY question so that the computer can properly determine their range of skills.
Please see the ACCUPLACER preparation page.
How long does placement testing take?
All the exams, with the exception of the essay, are untimed. Students taking the full battery of ACCUPLACER tests should plan to spend at least 2 hours at the Test Center.
Students will receive a score report immediately following ACCUPLACER administration. Resulting course placement is available via a placement report in 1-2 days, or from an Advisor using the score report given to the student. Advisors and placement reports are available in RCF-245.
Students With Special Needs:
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students who require testing accommodations are asked to contact the Student Support Services Office in RCF-302 or via telephone at 443-518-4629. The TDD# is 443-518-4023.
The reading comprehension, sentence skills, or math test may be retaken one time within a two year period, prior to enrollment in an English or math class.