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The word “test” can sound intimidating, but at AACC, a placement test is simply a tool to help determine the best courses for you to take as you begin your AACC experience. 

To do this, we use a computerized placement testing system called ACCUPLACER to test skills in math, reading and writing. On Feb. 6, 2019, we will begin using a new version of this test, the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER. If you plan to take AACC courses beginning fall 2019, this is likely the placement test you will take.  

The new test was designed to better align with current college and career readiness standards. Its math sequences are aligned to clear pathways. The classic ACCUPLACER exam will no longer be available after Feb. 5, 2019.


How to Take a Placement Test

Once you’ve submitted your application, follow these steps to complete your placement test:

  1. To prepare, sign-up for a face-to-face ACCUPLACER prep session. These sessions are designed to help you prepare for the ACCUPLACER placement test, learn about additional methods in order to "place" and what to do after your placement test.
  2. If you are not able to attend a Prep session, please watch the ACCUPLACER prep video.  Make sure to print and sign the video completion certificate. You’ll need to bring this with you to an AACC Testing Center.
  3. Review these study materials to help you prepare.
  4. Visit one of three AACC Testing Centers, submit your ACCUPLACER Prep Session certificate or the ACCUPLACER Prep Video certificate and take the test. Appointments and preregistration are not necessary. Just make sure to allow yourself two hours to complete the test.

English as a Second Language

Students who do not speak English or for whom English is a second language may be given the ACCUPLACER LOEP exam. Based on the student's background, ACCUPLACER will determine if the LOEP exam is required automatically. After completing the LOEP exam a student may be required to write an essay to complete the LOEP placement. Please contact the English Language Learning office at 410-777-2901 for help registering for classes. You can also visit the office at Glen Burnie Town Center Room 201.

We encourage all ESL students to review our ACCUPLACER Prep Guide and the required ESL ACCUPLACER prep video (English) or ESL ACCUPLACER prep video (Español).  Our prep guide includes sample questions for the ESL ACCUPLACER test.

Learn more about AACC’s ESL program.


Who is exempt from Placement Testing?

Qualifying SAT or ACT Scores (if tested after 3/4/2016)

Test

Score

Placement

SAT Math

530

MAT 100, 133, 135, 221, 222

SAT Math

550

MAT 137

SAT Math

570

MAT 145

SAT Math

600

MAT 151

SAT Math

620

MAT 191

SAT Evidence-based Reading & Writing

480

ENG 111, (ENG 101A *Fall 2019)

SAT Evidence-based Reading & Writing

550

ENG 101 *Fall 2019

 

ACT Math

21

MAT 100, 133, 135, 221, 222

ACT Math

23

MAT 137

ACT Math

24 MAT 145

ACT Math

25 MAT 151

ACT MAT

26 MAT 191

ACT English

18

ENG 111, (101A *Fall 2019)

ACT English

21

ENG 101 *Fall 2019

 

Older Qualifying SAT or ACT Scores (if tested before 3/1/2016)

Test

Score

Placement

SAT Math

550

MAT 141, MAT 135

SAT Critical Reading

510

English 111

ACT Math

21

College Level Math

ACT English

18

English 111

 

To submit your SAT or ACT scores, contact Admissions.

To determine whether your transcript from another college qualifies you for an exemption, take a copy of your transcripts to advising.


Common Questions

These are a few of the most common questions we hear from students about the placement testing process.

When will I learn my placement testing results?

Your scores will be available shortly after completing the placement test.

Can I retake my placement test?

Retesting is not always an option. We encourage you to review AACC’s retesting policies prior to taking your placement test.

Can I use the internet, a calculator or other resources during the test?

Viewing any websites other than ACCUPLACER during your test session is strictly prohibited and considered to be an academic integrity offense. Use of a basic graphing and four-function calculator are allowed during the math portion of the placement test. Prior to testing, your graphing calculator will be checked to ensure it’s a TI-83/TI-84 or equivalent. If you do not have a calculator, the testing center will allow you to borrow an acceptable calculator during testing.

Are placement tests the only factor in determining what courses I take?

No. AACC's admissions team considers your placement test scores along with other information from your application – including your learning goals – to choose the best academic placement for you.