Montgomery College uses assessment tests to help students identify their level of English, reading, and mathematics skills; skills necessary for academic success. The Accuplacer is the assessment test used for native speakers of English; the ESL Accuplacer Test is used for non-native speakers of English. The College’s assessment policies and required courses pertaining to the assessment tests are listed under Assessment Testing (Appropriate Course Placement) in the Admissions and Registration section of this catalog.
Most course descriptions for college-level courses list prerequisites or assessment levels for English or reading or mathematics. An assessment level for a particular course indicates which English, reading or mathematics courses students must be eligible to enroll in when they enroll in that course. Eligibility is determined through placement by the Accuplacer, acceptable scores of other test instruments (see below), transfer credit, or completion of courses that lead to the identified assessment levels. Non-native speakers of English who have taken the ESL Accuplacer and are enrolled in American English Language (AELR, AELS, AELW) courses should consult a counselor or adviser for required assessment levels.
Students who have completed any of the following tests with the indicated scores should consult a counselor before taking an assessment test: SAT-550 verbal, 550 math (600 for MATH 165 or higher); ACT-24 or higher (26 or higher for MATH 165 or higher); TOEFL-575 or higher (231 or higher on the computerized version; 90 or higher on the Internet-based version); Advanced Placement-3, 4, or 5, depending on individual department requirements; CLEP general examination-50th percentile (except for MATH 165 or higher); CEEB Achievement Test-50 or higher.
Courses with no assessment levels or prerequisite listed are open to students who place into at least READ 095 or AELW 910 . Enrollment in courses required through Appropriate Course Placement or the American English Language Program takes precedence over enrollment in other courses.