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Remote English Placement Testing

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Howard Community College Test Center is offering remote English placement testing by appointment ONLY.  


HCC is Offering Two Remote English Placement Test Options:

 

Guided Self-Placement (GSP)

GSP is an online assessment that gives you the opportunity to answer questions about your experience and background.

The GSP assessment consists of eight self-reflection questions followed by a written response in essay format.

For more information, please refer to the Guided Self-Placement (GSP) section below:

Next-Gen ACCUPLACER via Zoom

ACCUPLACER is a computerized, adaptive, multiple-choice placement test to assess your English proficiency. 

The ACCUPLACER assessment consists of two sections: reading and writing.

For more information, please refer to the Remote Next-Gen ACCUPLACER section below:

Register for your English placement test appointment.

 

  • Guided Self-Placement (GSP)

    Guided Self-Placement (GSP) is an online assessment developed to allow students in conjunction with academic advising, multiple measures, and reflection questions follow by a written response to determine your English course placement. The assessment consists eight self-reflection questions followed by a written response in essay format.  You will have a total of 90 minutes to complete the assessment.

    Step 1 – Test your device to ensure you meet minimum requirements

    You must have access to a computer that meets the minimum system requirements to test on Canvas. You may test using a desktop, laptop, Chromebook, tablet, or phone (desktop or laptop preferred). Visit HCC's technical requirements page to verify your system.

    If you encounter any technical issues, please submit your own IT request to the Technology Service Center or call 443-518-4444.

    If you have any specific questions about your test, contact the Test Center so we can assist you.

    Step 2 – Schedule your appointment

    The online Guided Self-Placement assessment is scheduled by appointment only after you’ve met with an advisor. Once you have met with an advisor, your advisor will send you a link to schedule the testing appointment.   

    When you register for your appointment, make sure to use your HCC email address and your seven-digit Student ID number. If you do not have an HCC email account, visit https://www.howardcc.edu/passwordservices to set your username and password. 

    After you schedule your appointment, you will receive an invitation to join the English Guided Self-Placement Canvas site and test.

    Step 3 – Prepare your workspace and test

    Clear your workspace of everything except scratch paper and pencils. All other items must be removed from your workspace.
    Remember: cellphones and other devices are prohibited from use while testing!
    Sit in a quiet place where you will be undisturbed while testing.
    Visit the English Guided Self-Placement Canvas course (via your email invitation link or directly through the HCC site). You will need to login using your HCC credentials to access Canvas.
    Follow the steps on the English GSP Canvas course to complete your assessment.

    Step 4 – Contact an advisor

    It may take up to 72 hours for your assessment to be reviewed. Once the assessment is reviewed, your next step is to contact an advisor at advising@howardcc.edu.  

  • Remote Next-Gen ACCUPLACER via Zoom

    The Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English placement test is an adaptive, multiple-choice test developed by College Board. The English placement consist of two sections: reading and writing.

    • The reading section assesses your ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities. Both single and paired passages are included.
    • The writing section evaluates your ability to revise and edit multi-paragraph text.

    You can prepare for the English placement test on the ACCUPLACER website or via the ACCUPLACER study app.

    Step 1 – Test your device to ensure you meet minimum requirements

    You must have access to a computer with webcam and microphone that meets the minimum system requirements to test remotely via Zoom. You may test using a desktop, laptop, or Chromebook. Visit the ACCUPLACER System Requirements page to verify your system.

    Since the exam will be proctored remotely through Zoom, click here to check if your device has the minimum system requirements for Zoom.  

    Proctoring via Zoom is a live virtual interaction between the proctor and you. You will be required to share your desktop while testing.

    Step 2 – Schedule your appointment

    Remote Next-Gen ACCUPLACER via Zoom is available by appointment only after you’ve met with an advisor. Once you have met with an advisor, your advisor will send you a link to schedule the testing appointment.   

    When you register for your appointment, make sure to use your HCC email address and your seven-digit Student ID number. If you do not have an HCC email account, visit https://www.howardcc.edu/passwordservices to set your username and password.

    To schedule your appointment, visit the registration link provided by your advisor and note the following:

    • Select ACCUPLACER – Remote from the exam group, select the appropriate attempt, and choose your preferred date and time.
    • The Next-Gen ACCUPLACER English placement test is untimed and offered remotely in three-hour blocks. If you are unable to complete the test in a single session, you will have the opportunity to schedule another appointment block to complete the test.
    • You will receive an email confirmation along with instructions to download and connect to Zoom prior to your selected testing date.

    Step 3 – Prepare your workspace

    • Clear your workspace of everything except scratch paper and pencils. All other items must be removed from your workspace.
    • Remember: cellphones and other devices are prohibited from use while testing!
    • Sit in a quiet place where you will be undisturbed while testing.
    • Be sure to have an acceptable photo ID ready. The following are acceptable forms of ID:
      • Driver’s license or any valid government issued ID (Passport, Military ID, or Permanent Resident ID)
      • High School Photo ID

    Step 4 – Complete your placement test

    On the date and time of your appointment, using the link from your email, join the Zoom testing session. It is highly recommended to join 5-10 minutes prior to the appointment time to give yourself time to resolve any potential technical issues.

    Remote testing process:
    • The proctor will greet candidates and provide instructions.
    • You will be moved into an individual testing room.
    • In the individual room, the proctor will authenticate your photo ID and check your testing space. To check your testing space, slowly pan the webcam, laptop or desktop around your space to the best of your ability.
    • After the environment check, you will enable screen sharing and share your full desktop.
    • The proctor will give you the final instructions and then launch the test session.
    • Once you have completed your placement exam, you may print your placement scores:
      • If you are unable to print, you may save the scores to your system or request a copy by email from the proctor.
    • The proctor will conclude your testing session and you may exit Zoom. If you do not finish within the 3-hour block, your proctor will walk you through saving your session and scheduling a follow-up appointment to complete testing.

    Step 5 – Contact an advisor

    Your next step is to contact an advisor at advising@howardcc.edu

  • Do you need to take an English Placement Test?

    Contact an advisor to determine whether you need to take the English placement test or are exempt from taking the test.   The following is a list of exemptions:

    • High school unweighted GPA that is 3.0 or above in the last five years or
    • A Score of 480 or higher on the critical reading portion of the SAT in the last five years or
    • A Score of 21 or higher on the reading portion and also the English portion of the ACT in the last five years or
    • “College ready” score on the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English at a Maryland community college within the last two years or 
    • Completion of the highest developmental level of reading and writing at another Maryland community college or
    • Transferred college-level English courses from an accredited college or university or
    • Have the appropriate AP, CLEP, or DSST credit.
  • Disability Accommodations

    If you require accommodations such as the use of a screen reader, please contact Disability Support Services.

 
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