Prepare for Placement Testing
Carroll uses Accuplacer, a College Board product, to test for English, reading and math skills. Preview Accuplacer's sample questions and practice SAT sample questions for reading, English and math. College Board has also released a free smartphone app that students have reported as being very helpful.
The Accuplacer reading placement test is an untimed reading comprehension test. The test may indicate a need for improving reading comprehension or vocabulary building skills.
Students whose placement test indicates a need for remediation complete a diagnostic test to assess their remediation needs. These students complete some or all of the following courses, as indicated by the tests:
Reading Tutoring (below 36 on the reading component of the Accuplacer placement test) Call Magdeleine Vandal at 410-386-8386 for details.
READ A-F, Critical Reading Skills for College, provides individualized instruction for students whose scores fall between 36 and 78 on the reading component of the Accuplacer placement test and whose scores fall below 10 on any of the five reading competencies evaluated in the Accuplacer Reading Diagnostic Test (Modules B - F).Students utilize My Foundations Lab, a new online teaching tool, which dovetails with the diagnostic test to supply the necessary pieces of the curriculum that are individualized to each student's needs. Completing the appropriate modules completes the reading curriculum.
READ A provides an orientation to the modules and introduces reading and learning strategies. This module is required for any student who places into the modules. Students who require more than one term to complete the Reading modules, register for READ-A2, at no additional charge, each term.
Successful completion of the required modules satisfies the reading pre-requisites for credit level classes (four lecture, no credit, two to six billable hours).
All General Education courses require students to complete the modules or be exempt from reading. Most non-General Education courses require students to complete the reading courses or score 79 or higher on the placement test, which indicates that reading remediation is not necessary. See the college catalog or an adviser for details.
The best preparation for the placement test is a history of reading. For practice with reading and vocabulary, register as a student at Carroll Community College with instructor M Vandal at Townsend Press.
The English placement is based on the Accuplacer sentence skill score and reading ability. If the sentence skills test results are not decisive, students will need to provide a writing sample.
For the sample, students are allowed 45 minutes to write an essay based on a choice of prompts. Typing is permitted, but spell-check and grammar-check are not allowed.
English professors review the essay and determine course placement based on the grammar, punctuation, organization and idea development.
For English practice, including sentence structure, grammar and punctuation, visit Bedford/St. Martin's; from the home page, go to register. Its diagnostic test can help in determining what to study. Based on the provided results, students can work on the topic they need to practice from the Exercises tab.
Placement into math courses is determined by the score received on the untimed, computer-adapted math test. It begins with algebra and becomes harder as the student enters correct answers and easier when the student enters wrong answers.
The Math department faculty recommends the following prior to taking the math placement test:
- Students needing an extensive review should register for the math review course (MAT-098); study independently with the course text, "Introductory Algebra," which is available in the Carroll Bookstore for approximately $40; visit the Library's math research guide; and review Purplemath, World of Math, or Khan Academy.
- Students should arrive refreshed and utilize the break offered between tests.
- Students should take their time testing so results are accurate.
Students fulfill the following:
- Submit the Enrollment Application to the Admissions office in A101, and obtain a seven digit student ID number prior to placement testing.
- Provide a driver's license or other official government-issued ID on the testing day; staff must verify student identity.
- Arrive on time for testing.
Group testing takes place in A132.
Testing supplies including calculator, pencils and scratch paper are provided by the college. Students who prefer to use a personal calculator must call the Testing Center at 410-386-8450 for approval. Calculators of Ti83-level and below are permitted.