Placement Test

Who Needs to Take the Placement Test (Beginning Spring 2019)

Below are some ways students may be waived from/not required to take the ACM placement test. Students only need to satisfy the requirements of one statement, but may combine several statements.

  • This waiver is pending approval of the ACM Academic Standards Committee. Students who are currently enrolled in high school or have completed high school in the past five years with a un-weighted cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) are not required to take the placement test. For students who attended school in a district or county using a different grading system, the grade will be converted. For example, 80% converts to a 3.0.
    • Students with a B or higher in Algebra II may register for MATH 102, College Algebra; MATH 105, Elements of Math; Math 109, Probability and Statistics; or MATH 119, Pre-calculus I.
    • Students with a passing grade below a B in Algebra II may register for MATH 105, Elements of Math, or Math 109, Probability and Statistics.
    • Students who have not taken a course equivalent to Algebra II may take the mathematics portion of the placement test or meet other requirements listed below.
    •  Students must have copies of their high school transcripts on file at the Allegany College of Maryland Admissions/Registration Office.
  • Students who have appropriate SAT, ACT, PARCC or COMPASS scores do not need to take Accuplacer.
    • Students who scored 480 or higher on the Evidence-based Reading and Writing (EBRW) of the SAT or 21 or higher on the Reading and Writing portions of the ACT do not need the Reading and essay portions of the placement test. Students who scored 530 or higher on the Math section of the SAT or 21 or higher on the Math portion of the ACT do not need the Math portion of the placement test.
    • Students must have an official record of your SAT/ACT scores sent to the Allegany College of Maryland Admissions/Registration Office.
  • PARCC Scores
    • Students with PARCC English 11 scores of Level 4 or 5 may waive taking reading/writing portion of the test while students with Algebra II score of level 4 or 5 the student may waive taking the math portions of the test.
    • Students must have an official record of their PARCC scores sent to the Allegany College of Maryland Admissions/Registration Office.
  • COMPASS or Accuplacer scores from another college
    • Students who took a COMPASS or Accuplacer placement assessment at another college may have the scores accepted by ACM.
    • An official copy of the Accuplacer Individual Scores Report must be provided by the other college’s testing office.
    • Note: Allegany College of Maryland can only access Accuplacer scores for tests taken at ACM.
  • Previous College Experience
    • Students who attended another regionally accredited college and completed a college-level composition course with a C or higher and completed 12 or more credits of college-level general education courses (for example: history, speech, sociology, science, and art) with a C or higher do not need to take the Reading/essay portion of the assessment. If student do not know how many general education credits that they have been completed, they should contact the ACM Admissions/Registration Office at 301-784-5203.
    • Students who have attended a regionally accredited college and completed a college-level algebra course with a C or higher do not need to take the mathematics portion of the assessment.
  • Other College Credit
    • Students with AP credit (score of 3 or higher) or other credits such as CLEP in English, mathematics, and other general education may not need to take the entire placement assessment. Contact the ACM Admissions/Registration Office at 301-784-5203 to confirm AP credits. If students have other non-traditional credits, verify with the ACM Admissions Office that those credits will be recognized.
    • The college must have an official transcript from all previous colleges.
  • Previous applied to Allegany College of Maryland
    • Students who took ACM’s placement assessment in previous years may find that their test scores are still valid. Mathematics scores are only valid for two years.



Your Success is very important to us. To help guide students toward success, ACM has developed multiple measures to assured that we start students in courses that they have the skills to be successful. If students need to improve their academic skills to achieve success, we want to work with them to improve their skills. To assess skills, we require students to either demonstrate their academic skills through high school grades and cumulative grade point averages, SAT or ACT or PARCC scores, previous college work, or through results of Accuplacer testing.

Accuplacer, a comprehensive, computerized, adaptive assessment system from College Board, is used to place students in appropriate courses. Students are assessed to determine their areas of strength and areas needing improvement in any of the basic skills areas. These areas include tests for proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics. Assessment results suggest appropriate placement in developmental courses (English 92, 93, or 95; Reading 97; Math 90, 93, or 96) or introductory-level college courses. Any combination of these courses is possible depending on the strengths or improvement needs of the individual student.

Since Accuplacer is adaptive, each answer to a question determines the next test question. This helps to provide a more accurate measure of student's academic skills. Since there is no time limit, students can complete the test at their own pace, and each test will differ from other students. Students taking the entire test will complete a reading test, write a 300 word plus essay, and take one or two math/algebra tests. The length of time that it will take to complete the entire exam will vary, but for most students, it will take about an hour to an hour and a half.


Preparing for Accuplacer

Preparing for Accuplacer is similar to preparing to take the SAT or ACT. The more time students spend preparing, the more accurate their placement will be. To help you prepare, we are suggesting the following resources:

Anatomy and Physiology Placement Test for Health-Career Students

 Students who plan to take anatomy and physiology courses have two possible pathways:

  1. The more common and recommended path is to successfully complete Biological Science 100 or 101.
  2. Take the Anatomy and Physiology Placement Assessment. Students who place into ENG 92 or MATH 90 may not take the assessment and are recommended to take Biological Science 93.

The Anatomy and Physiology Placement Assessment is designed for students with unique educational qualifications. The assessment is a Brightspace-based test and is not a part of Accuplacer. Students wishing to take anatomy and physiology-based courses such as Biological Science 121, 201, or 207, but who have not taken Biological Science 100, 101, or 109 must pass the Anatomy and Physiology Placement Examination.

This test, which is available at all campuses, is more complex to schedule. Students must:

  • Schedule an appointment at least three business days in advance by calling 301-784-5551
  • Have applied and been accepted to ACM.
  • Have an active Brightspace account.
  • Place out of or successfully completed with a grade of "C" or better ENG 92 and MATH 90.
  • Come prepared having studied basic college biology and chemistry.

The anatomy and physiology placement assessment evaluates student background knowledge in college-level first semester general biology and chemistry concepts of critical importance. This assessment is not a "get out of biology" exam. It is designed to gauge knowledge in key concepts needed to ensure the student has the foundational materials needed for an anatomy and physiology course.

Students should take time to study for this test by reviewing a college level general biology text or a high school chemistry text. Although a practice exam is not available, students can use this link as a guide to prepare.

Only students who score between 55% and 65% may take the assessment a second time, so students are reminded to devote time to studying for the first test.


When to Take the Placement Test?
  • Students who wish to start at ACM for the first time in the summer or fall are recommended to determine if they need the placement test and/or to schedule the placement assessment from beginning in March of their senior year.
  • Students starting at ACM for the first time in the spring are recommended to schedule the placement assessment beginning in October. Please note the college is closed for two weeks during the holiday season.


Requesting special accommodations

Students who require special assistance are requested to notify Testing Lab personnel at least three days before arriving for the session. Accommodations must be discussed with Dr. June Bracken, Director of Academic Disability Services or 301-784-5112 prior to scheduling a test time.


Scheduling a Placement Assessment

Before scheduling the test, students must apply to the College.

Which campus does the student plan to attend?

  • Placement tests are given at all campuses of Allegany College of Maryland. Students should select the campus that is closest to their home.
  • Students should call and schedule at least one day prior to testing. Walk-ins are accepted. Please note that due to computer and hardware upgrades and malfunctions and classroom testing schedules, placement testing may not be conducted on certain days.
  • Testing times may be scheduled by phone or electronically scheduled with the Cumberland Campus

Bedford County (Pennsylvania)______________________________________

Call 814-652-9528 ext. 6204 or email to schedule an appointment.

Student Services Office
18 North River Lane
Everett, PA 15537

Cumberland (Maryland)_______________________________________________
Placement tests are given Monday through Friday.

Call 301-784-5554 or email to schedule an appointment.

Humanities Building
Room 58
12401 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, MD 21502


What to Bring on Test Day
  • Students must present valid photo identification.
  • Copies of SAT or ACT or PARCC score reports.
  • No cell phones or other electronic devices permitted in Testing Lab.
What we provide:
  • Pencils, paper, and a basic calculator.


For a complete list of Testing Lab Procedures please see the student handbook.


When are the scores available?

Placement results for the computerized test (ACCUPLACER) are available immediately.  An advisor will discuss the scores and placements.

Results for the paper/pencil assessment (COMPANION) are available within five business days from the assessment.


Retesting Policy

Students may retest once after a minimum state-mandated waiting period of one business day between tests. Students who are interested in retesting will need to complete some form of review before retesting. Please bring a copy of your scores on the Accuplacer Study App or printed copies of the Next Generation Sample Questions showing answers and the process used to develop the answer. Be sure to show all work on the Testing Booklet.

Preparation for Retesting

  •  INTERNET: Students who have internet access will acquire the web-based Accuplacer Study App, which is available FREE for a computer, tablet, or smartphone. While downloading the app, students will create a username and password. Students will need to practice in the appropriate subject areas under the Next Generation option, complete the practice test and print the History. Students must bring the print-out with them on the retest date.
    This method of preparation is recommended since it provides a tutorial and feedback on your progress. No minimum practice score is required on any of these test preparation options, but students must show evidence that they spent time preparing before retesting.
  • NO INTERNET OR SMARTPHONE: Students with limited or no internet access should visit a school, library, or college and print copies of a practice placement test for the appropriate subject(s). They must complete and return it to the SSC, showing all work, before retesting. SSC staff will verify that the student attempted the practice test questions.


Taking the Placement Test at Another Site - Remote Testing

Students have the opportunity to take the ACM placement test remotely, closer to home. Normally students who live within 150 miles of the college come to the nearest ACM campus to test. Taking the test on one of our campuses allows students the opportunity to tour our facilities, to arrange for housing, to apply for financial aid, to receive advising, and to register for classes (during early registration). For students who live at a greater distances or have difficulty getting to campus, a testing voucher system is available through Accuplacer.

Since the placement test company (College Board) requires that the test be administered by Accuplacer certified personnel, students have limited sites available. It is the student’s responsibility to find a testing site and to schedule a time to take the test. Contact nearby colleges and universities to find a certified site.

Once students has completed the process below, a testing voucher will be sent to them. To begin, print a copy of the ACM Placement Voucher Request Form.

  • Contact nearby colleges or universities to determine if they accept Accuplacer vouchers.
  • During the conversation, ask for the information needed to complete the form
    • Ask about scheduling a time to take the test.
    • Ask about any proctoring fee they may charge.
    • Complete the voucher request form electronically and submit it online.
    • Receive a testing voucher to the student’s email address.
    • Take the voucher along with a valid photo ID to the test site at the scheduled time and present the voucher.

Please note: students cannot walk-in to a proctoring site and expect to take the ACM placement test without completing the above voucher request procedure.

The ACM Science placement assessments may be taken at a high school, a local college, or a certified test site. Students should call 301-784-5551 to make arrangements.


Transfer of Placement Test Scores

Students wishing to have their scores transferred or released to another college need to request their placement test scores by completing the ACM Student Test Score Release Form. For more information, contact the ACM Testing Lab via email or call 301-784-5554.

ACM Placement Test Score Release Form

  • Students complete this form and return it to the ACM Testing Lab and present a valid picture ID.
  • Students may scan and email a copy to or fax to 301-784-5060 along with a legible copy of their valid picture ID.



If you have any questions or would like more information please contact the Student Success Center at 301-784-5551.


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