Placement into Courses


  • There are many ways to place directly into college-level courses without testing. Please review the eligibility requirements below. If you meet any of the criteria as outlined your next step is to call or email the admissions office to schedule an appointment to register for classes. Have your transcripts or test scores sent or available for your appointment.

    If you are not eligible for direct placement, you will take the placement test in English and/or math to determine your placement as follows:

    1. Review eligibility for taking college level classes. Many students are eligible to take classes based on high school grade point average, or, standardized test scores (SAT, ACT)
    2. Complete your enrollment application at least 48 hours prior to testing. Set up your student account. Call the Admissions office at 410-386-8430 for information about taking the placement tests.
    3. Call the Admissions office at 410-386-8430 for information about taking the placement tests.

    Do I need to take a placement test?

    There are many ways to place directly into college-level courses without testing. Standardized test scores are only valid for placement for two years. Please review the exemptions below:

    If you meet any one of the below criteria you are eligible to take English 101 without testing. Eligibility for English 101 is the pre-requisite for most college-level classes.

    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 480+ 
    • ACT English 21+
    • PARCC English 11 4+
    • AP Language score of 3
    • 3.0 unweighted high school grade point average (high school juniors and seniors and graduates within the last 5 years)
    • GED Reasoning through Language Arts 165+ 

    If you meet any one of the below criteria, you are eligible to take entry-level general education Math classes (non-Calculus based): 

    • SAT Math 530+
    • ACT Math 21+ 
    • HS Accuplacer college-level Math 45+ or PARCC Algebra II 4+
    • AP Calculus AB or BC score of 3
    • AP Stat score of 3
    • 3.0 unweighted high school grade point average (high school juniors and seniors and graduates within the last 5 years)
    • College-level Math from another college
    • GED Math Reasoning 165+ 

    If you meet any one of the below criteria, you are eligible to take Pre-Calculus Math:

    • SAT Math 570+
    • ACT Math 24+
    • HS Accuplacer college-level Math 55+ or PARCC Algebra II 4+
    • AP Calculus AB or BC score of 3
    • A qualifying pre-requisite math class from another College may place you (course/transcript evaluation required)  

    If you meet any of the following, you are eligible to take Calculus:

    • AP Calculus AB or BC score of 3

    If you meet any of the following, you are eligible to take Dual Enrollment at Carroll County Public Schools:

    • All SAT, ACT, AP, Accuplacer, and PARCC scores above
    • English 101: 2.5 unweighted grade point average for juniors and seniors
    • Math: 3.0 unweighted and a C or higher in Algebra II 

    If you qualify for exemption, bring a copy of your unofficial transcripts and/or test scores with you when you come in to register. Standardized test scores are only valid for placement for two years.


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