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
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).
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.
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 unlimited time to write the essay based on a choice of prompts.
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 fulfill the following:
Placement testing is available on a walk-in basis during the following times:
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.