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Columbia MD, 21044
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Laurel, MD 20707
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ESL Registration and Placement Testing

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Our experienced advisors can help you choose a class that fits your need. 

A placement test is required for all new students. You will take a placement test and meet with an advisor who will help you choose a class that is suitable for your English level. We give placement tests during the times listed in the schedules below in the Hickory Ridge Building, Room 200. No appointment is necessary.

Winter 2018 Testing & Registration Schedule

December 5Tuesday10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
December 11Monday5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
December 13Wednesday10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Winter classes begin on January 2! Register early! Students may register for Spring classes during Winter registration sessions.

Spring 2018 Testing & Registration Schedule

January  16Tuesday5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
January  18Thursday5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
January  20Saturday10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
January  22Monday10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
January  23Tuesday5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
January  26Friday10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Most classes begin the week of January 29! Register early!

College Closings (no classes):
   • January 15 (Monday) for Martin Luther King’s Day.
   • March 31-April 6 for Spring Break. There will be no Saturday classes on March 31. Saturday classes will resume on April 7.

Important Information About Testing & Registration

   • A placement test is required for all new students. Testing is NOT required for returning students in most situations.
   • Placement tests are given, during the times on the chart above, in Room 200 of the Hickory Ridge Building on Howard Community College's campus. No appointment is necessary. Children are not allowed in testing rooms.
   • Students must be 16 or older to register.
   • To register for an online class, please email
   • All students pay the listed prices. Fees are not eligible for waiver.
   • Only ages 60+ are eligible for tuition waiver.

Bring to Registration:
   • Payment for pay classes
   • Materials fee ($50) for free classes
   • Pay with credit card, cash or check
   • Advising sheet from previous semester (for returning students only)

Full-Time Intensive English Program

If you want to study English full time, our English Institute offers a full-time program for F1 international students and U.S. residents. Study 18 hours a week, receive special advising and support, and take part in many exciting activities. Visit or call 443-518-1681 for additional information about this fast-track English program.

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