To assist students to succeed in college and to complete their degrees, Allegany College of Maryland administers a placement assessment known as Accuplacer to new students on all three campuses. The results of the assessment help advisors select courses, which are appropriate to the students' skills in reading, English and mathematics. Accuplacer assesses sentence skills, reading comprehension, elementary algebra, and arithmetic or college level mathematics skills in order to place students in the proper introductory or developmental courses. The goal is to start students in courses that will lead to their success in college.
PLACEMENT TESTING FAQ'S
Accuplacer, a comprehensive, computerized, adaptive assessment system from College Board, places students in appropriate courses. Students are assessed to determine their areas of strength and areas needing improvement in any of the basic skills areas. These areas include tests for proficiency in English, reading, and mathematics. Assessment results suggest appropriate placement in developmental courses (English 90 or 93; Reading 90 or 93; math 83, 90, 91, 93, or 96) or introductory-level college courses. Any combination of these courses is possible depending on the strengths or improvement needs of the individual student.
Accuplacer is adaptive, which means that each answer to a question determines the next test question. This helps to provide a more accurate measure of student's academic skills. The answers given by the students determine the number of questions. The answers given by the students determine the number of questions. Since there is no time limit, students can complete the test at their own pace, and each test will differ from other students. The length of time that it will take to complete the entire exam will vary, but for most students, it will take about an hour to an hour and a half.
Many websites including www.youtube.com offer advice for preparing to take Accuplacer. A web search will offer a multitude of sites. For more information about the Accuplacer Exam and the types of questions, please check out the Accuplacer Testing Booklet. An expanded preparation for the mathematics section is available at http://services.allegany.edu/math/placement.html
You cannot "pass" or "fail" the placement test, but it's very important you do your best on these tests so you will have an accurate measure of your academic skills.
Students who plan to take anatomy and physiology courses have two possible pathways. One, the more common and recommended path, is to successfully complete Biological Science 100 or 101. Students who place into developmental reading or Math 90 are recommended to take Biological Science 93. The second pathway is to take the Anatomy and Physiology Placement Assessment.
The Anatomy and Physiology Placement Assessment is designed for students with unique educational qualifications. The assessment is a Blackboard-based test and is not a part of Accuplacer. Students wishing to take anatomy and physiology-based courses such as Biological Science 121, 201, or 207, but who have not taken Biological Science 100, 101, or 109 must pass the Anatomy and Physiology Placement Examination.
This assessment, which is available at all three campuses, is more complex to schedule than the other assessments. Students must:
- Schedule an appointment at least three business days in advance.
- Have applied and been accepted to ACM.
- Have an active Blackboard account.
- Must have placed out of, or successfully completed, with a grade of "C" or better Reading 93 and Math 90.
- Come prepared having studied basic college biology and chemistry.
The anatomy and physiology placement assessment evaluates student background knowledge in college-level first semester general biology and chemistry concepts of critical importance. This assessment is not a "get out of biology" exam. It is designed to gauge knowledge in key concepts needed to ensure the student has the foundational materials needed for an anatomy and physiology course.
The anatomy and physiology placement assessment must be planned in advance. Students should not take this assessment without studying a college level general biology text or a high school chemistry text. A practice exam is not available. Only students who score between 55% and 65% may take the assessment a second time, so students are reminded to not take this assessment without studying.
The timed test (40 minutes) of 49 questions is based on a test bank of questions, so no two tests are alike. Scores are evaluated and students are placed accordingly:
|65% or greater||Students may take Bio 121, Bio 201, or Bio 207|
|45-65%||Students may take Bio 100 or Bio 101|
|< 45%||Students should take Bio 93|
Students scoring between 55% and 65% may take the assessment a second time but must wait at least two days to reschedule the assessment.
If a student plans to attend ACM for the first time either in the summer or fall, the student is recommended to schedule the placement assessment between February and early April. It is to the student's advantage to take the assessment before the first day for early registration for classes (usually the first week of April). The ACM Testing Labs offers the assessment throughout the summer.
If a student plans to begin college in the spring semester, the student is recommended to take the assessment between October and mid-January. Please note that the college is closed for two weeks during the holiday season. Early registration for the spring semester usually begins in early November.
Students who require special assistance are requested to notify testing lab personnel before arriving for the session. Contact Dr. June Bracken, Director of Learning Support and Disability Services (email@example.com) or 301-784-5112 to discuss accommodation needs.
Before scheduling your assessment, please answer the following questions:
1) Have you taken the SAT or ACT?
- If a student scored 550 or higher on any part of the SAT or 21 or higher on any portion of the ACT, the student will not need to take that portion of the assessment.
- If a student's SAT or ACT scores were high enough, only schedule the appropriate portion of the assessment.
- The student must have an official record of your SAT/ACT scores sent to the Allegany College of Maryland Admissions/ Registration Office.
2) Have you attended college previously?
- If a student...
- Attended ACM in previous years, the placement score may still be valid.
- Completed a COMPASS or Accuplacer placement assessment at another college, the scores may be recognized by ACM.
- Attended a regionally accredited college and completed a college-level composition course with a C or higher, the student will not need to take the English portion of the assessment.
- Attended a regionally accredited college and completed a college-level algebra course with a C or higher, the student will not need to take the mathematics portion of the assessment.
- Attended a regionally accredited college and completed 12 or more credits of college-level general education courses (for example: history, speech, sociology, science, and art) with a C or higher, the student will not need to take the reading portion of the assessment. If a student does not know how many general education credits have completed, he or she should contact the ACM Admissions/Registration Office at 301-784-5203.
- Has AP credit (score of 3 or higher) in English, mathematics, and other general education, the student may not need to take the entire placement assessment. Contact the ACM Admissions/ Registration Office at 301-784-5203 to confirm your AP credits.
- The college must have an official transcript from all of your previous colleges.
3) Which campus do you plan to attend?
- Placement assessments are given at all three campuses of Allegany College of Maryland. Students should select the campus that is closest to their home.
If a student lives a considerable distance from any of our campuses, the student may wish to take the assessment closer to home. The ACM accuplacer or science placement assessments may be taken at a high school, a local college, or a certified test site.)
High school guidance counselor or a testing coordinator at a local college may agree to proctor an assessment. The student must select a date and time, and the proctor must completed the remote proctoring form. A minimum notice of three business days is required for setting up a remote site.
Follow this link (http://www.allegany.edu/x860.xml) for information about taking the assessment at a remote site. Please note that some colleges and test sites may charge a proctoring fee.
- Students must present valid photo identification.
- Copies of SAT or ACT score reports
- No calculators (Accuplacer provides a pop-up calculator when appropriate.)
- No cell phones or other electronic devices
Placement results for the computerized assessment (ACCUPLACER) are available immediately. An advisor will discuss the scores and placements.
Results for the paper/pencil assessment (COMPANION) are available within five business days from the assessment.