Academic Testing Center

Keyboarding

Non-IST/WEB majors Keyboarding for non-IST majors can be done through taking the traditional IST 101 course or by taking IST 101 Credit-by-Exam (see below for details). IST/WEB Majors Keyboarding requirements for graduation for IST/WEB majors may be handled in one of three ways: Taking IST 101 (both online and face-to face classes are available; check each semester’s schedule); the student receives one credit upon successful completion Taking IST 101 Credit-by-Exam (the student pays for the course, takes a timed typing and written exam); the student receives one credit upon successful completion Taking and successfully passing a timed typing; the student does not receive credit, but must substitute another course (1, 2, or 3 credit) (see below for this process) Keyboarding as a requirement for a graduation for IST majors is being phased out. You need to check with your faculty advisor (Trudy Gift: 240-500-2214; Stephen Shank: 240-500-2536; or Karen Weil-Yates: 240-500-2446) to determine if you need to take the course; it will be dependent upon the course catalog (year) under which you entered college. Many students may be able to move to the current catalog through WebAdvisor. IST 101 Credit-by-Exam The Process This exam consists of a timed typing and a written exam. Students opting for this choice must: Print and complete the Credit-By-Exam form Obtain signature from the director of Technology and Computer Studies Pay the Credit-by Exam fee ($78.60) at the Finance Office (ASA 300) Make an appointment for the exam with Karen Weil-Yates (select one of the dates posted below or if none suits ask for an alternative date or time) Review the documents Take the exam during the scheduled time; be sure to bring the completed, signed form with you The form will be signed and sent to the Office of Instruction. Credit will be awarded through that office with a student earning a Satisfactory grade. Unsatisfactory grades will also be submitted, but no credit given. Should a student receive an Unsatisfactory, they must take the course (either on-line or face-to-face) Exam Contents The Credit-by Exam consists of two parts: a timed typing and a written exam. Students will take up to two timed typings of two minutes each. To pass, students must key (type) at a minimum of 22 words per minute with two errors. This means that the student actually keys at 20 words per minute (one word is deducted for each error). Thus if a student is practicing, his or her goal should be 44 words for a two-minute typing. You are permitted to backspace the current word only; no spellchecking is permitted. The written part of exam consists of multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions with the following topics: Ergonomics (posture and technique) Rules of grammar and punctuation Locating, marking, and counting errors

Faculty Guides & Forms

Faculty and staff who are logged-in to this website may access the following documents: Academic Testing Center Guidelines: This document provides a complete list of all the regulations which both instructors and students are expected to follow in order to use the services of the Academic Testing Center. Instructors should review this document with their students to ensure that they understand what will be expected of them while they are being proctored in the Testing Center. Academic Testing Center Instructor Form: Please complete the instructor form in its entirety. You must submit all paper exams in person; if necessary, Testing Center staff will accept them via interoffice mail.

Remote Site Testing for Online Courses

If you are a Hagerstown Community College student and you do not live in proximity to the college and would like to take required assessments where you live, you will need to arrange for remote testing through the Academic Testing Center. The Academic Testing Center services provide the student with the opportunity to attend Hagerstown Community College from anywhere in the world while taking assessments near their home. Remote Online Course students will need to provide a Remote Online Test Site Proctor Approval Form to the Academic Testing Center services in order to have their exams sent to their test proctor. Choosing a Remote Site Remote site testing must be at a college, university, military Educational Services Offices (ESO), or a certified testing center and test proctors must be employees of the appropriate site to administer tests. There may be a fee incurred and it is the responsibility of the student to confirm and pay the testing fee if one exists. HCC's Academic Testing Center must approve all remote testing sites prior to testing. Suggested Remote Sites National College Testing Association Once a test site has been selected, you will need to complete and return the Remote Online Test Site Proctor Approval Form to the Academic Testing Center. It is strongly recommended that this is arranged at least three weeks in advance of your desired test date. This will ensure that you can meet course deadlines. Remote Site Questions Please call 240-500-2398 or email testingcenter@hagerstowncc.edu with any questions you might have about remote site testing.  

Other Testing Options

About Exams With the exception of ASE, Kryterion, Praxis/GRE, Scantron, and Pearson VUE testing, all testing options listed below include a proctoring fee. The Academic Testing Center charges a standard proctoring fee of $32 to administer a test for any academic institution outside of Hagerstown Community College. However, if a student knows in advance that he/she will require proctoring services from the Academic Testing Center for more than two tests during a semester, he/she has the option to pay a flat semester fee of $80, rather than $32 per test. Students must make testing center staff aware that they intend to take more than two tests during the semester in order to take advantage of the flat $80 fee. The payment options to register online are Visa, MasterCard and Discover. All testing fees are non-refundable.   Accuplacer Remote Location Given at HCC for students of other colleges for the purpose of providing useful information about your academic skills in math, English, and reading. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to determine your educational path. Register online now ASE HCC is a testing site for technician seeking Automotive Service Excellence certifications. Visit www.myase.com to create your account and schedule your exams. Certiport Certiport is a professional vendor for various industry-leading certification providers. HCC currently offers the following Certiport exams: Adobe Certified Associate Autodesk Certified Professional Autodesk Certified User Business Fundamentals Internet and Computing Core Certification Intuit QuickBooks Microsoft Certified Educator Microsoft Office Specialist Microsoft Technology Associate Please visit http://www.certiport.com for information on how to obtain a Certiport voucher. Click the link below to schedule an appointment. Register online now CLEP The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national program of credit-by-examination that offers students the opportunity to earn college credit for achievement acquired through previous study, personal experience, adult learning, and other sources. Please visit http://clep.collegeboard.org/exam-day-info for detailed information on how to pay for your exam(s). Once registered through CLEP, click the registration link below to schedule an appointment to test at Hagerstown Community College. Please remember to bring one form of photo ID and your CLEP Registration Ticket on test day. Register online now DSST The DSST program is an extensive series of 37 examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate courses. ACE recommends three semester hours of credit per test. For more information, visit www.getcollegecredit.com. Register online now GRE HCC has been approved to offer GRE General Test on select dates/times. Please visit the ETS website for more information and to schedule your appointment. Dates/times are subject to approval by ETS. Kryterion Kryterion is a global testing solutions provider for various industry certifications. Please schedule your Kryterion exam by visiting your test sponsor's Webassessor portal and selecting Hagerstown Community College as the testing site.  Other Colleges HCC offers proctoring services to students of other colleges/universities. Exam materials and instructions can be submitted by your institution via mail or email (testingcenter@hagerstowncc.edu). Note that most institutions require prior approval before submitting exams to a proctor. Check with your institution well before your exam deadline to ensure all the necessary paperwork is taken care of. Please call 240-500-2398 or email the Testing Center at testingcenter@hagerstowncc.edu to confirm that your exam materials have been received. Schedule your appointment by clicking the link below. Register online now Pearson VUE HCC is a certified Pearson VUE testing site. Visit www.pearsonvue.com to schedule your exam and book a seat at Hagerstown Community College. Praxis HCC is a certified Praxis testing site. Visit www.ets.org/praxis to schedule your exam and book a seat at Hagerstown Community College. For Praxis ParaPro, please schedule an appointment here. Scantron (Formerly Castle Worldwide) HCC is an approved testing center for Scantron (formerly Castle Worldwide) - a full-service certification and licensure testing company. Please visit Scantron's website to view available dates/times and schedule your appointment. WorkKeys - National Career Readiness Certificate The ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT WorkKeys NCRC®) is an assessment-based credential issued at four levels; Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The NCRC measures and certifies the essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations. Register online now

Placement Study Materials

Testing Center staff recommend that you access the following free web-based tutorials prior to taking the placement assessments: ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App Access hundreds of questions to familiarize yourself with the ACCUPLACER basic content and experience. Get the free App. Sample Questions https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/educator/next-generation ACCUPLACER Practice Questions https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/student/practice Math Practice www.khanacademy.org www.purplemath.com www.mathisfun.com

About Accuplacer Testing

ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given. Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer. Accuplacer Next-Generation Reading The Next-Generation Reading placement test is a broad-spectrum, computer-adaptive assessment of test takers’ developed ability to derive meaning from a range of prose texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas (including literature and literary nonfiction, careers/history/social studies, humanities, and science), writing modes (informative/explanatory, argument, and narrative), and complexities (relatively easy to very challenging). Both single and paired passages are included. Accuplacer Next-Generation Writing The Next-Generation Writing placement test is a broad-spectrum, computer-adaptive assessment of test takers’ developed ability to revise and edit a range of prose texts for effective expression of ideas and for conformity to the conventions of Standard Written English sentence structure, usage, and punctuation. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas (including literary nonfiction, careers/history/social studies, humanities, and science), writing modes (informative/explanatory, argument, and narrative), and complexities (relatively easy to very challenging). Accuplacer Next-Generation Arithmetic The Next-Generation Arithmetic placement test is a computer-adaptive assessment of a test taker’s developed ability for selected mathematics content. Questions will focus on computation, order of operations, estimation and rounding, comparing and ordering values in different formats, and recognizing equivalent values across formats. In addition, questions may assess a test taker’s math ability via fluency with mathematical procedures and conceptual understanding and may also present a real-world context that requires them to demonstrate the ability to analyze a situation, determine the essential elements required to solve the problem, represent the problem mathematically, and carry out a solution. Accuplacer Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics The Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) placement test is a broad-spectrum, computer-adaptive assessment of test takers’ developed ability for selected mathematics content suited for test takers entering non-STEM fields of study or for test takers who are undecided on a major. Questions focus on a range of topics including computing with rational numbers, applying ratios and proportional reasoning, creating linear expressions and equations, graphing and applying linear equations, understanding probability and sets, and interpreting graphical displays. Accuplacer Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions The Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions placement test is a broad-spectrum, computer-adaptive assessment of test takers’ developed ability for selected mathematics content suited for test takers entering STEM fields of study, as well as test takers entering non-STEM fields of study that require some advanced math (e.g., medicine, economics, accounting). Questions will focus on a range of topics including a variety of equations and functions that include linear, quadratic, rational, radical, polynomial, and exponential. Doing Your Best on the Accuplacer Assessment It is important to do your best on the assessment. Placement that has not assessed your true skill set may cause up to a year and a half of additional coursework and thus will impact the cost of your education. Being prepared and doing your best will provide the most accurate and appropriate placement. Have a positive attitude. Brush up on your skills by using textbooks or Web-based tutorials. Visit the Accuplacer website and look for sample questions in sentence skills, reading comprehension, arithmetic, elementary algebra, and college level mathematics. Allow at least three hours to take your Skills Assessment. If you are rushed, you cannot do your best. You may also consider taking the assessment in parts. Read all of the directions, answer each question, and check your answers carefully. Placement Results Placement for English and ESL courses is determined using the English and ESL Placement Matrix. Placement for mathematics courses is determined using the Mathematics Placement Matrix.

Accuplacer Placement Testing & Exemptions

All placement testing requires ID verification.  Student IDs should have the student’s name, recognizable photo, and a signature (if applicable). Acceptable student IDs include current and valid: Driver’s License State-approved or federal ID Military ID Middle or High School ID College ID Passport Tribal ID Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship College Board official ID form Purpose of Assessment Skills assessment is required as part of the entrance process into Maryland colleges. Assessment is a process to help identify your current skills in writing, reading, and mathematics. It is not a test that you pass or fail. Placement testing provides information necessary to make the best decision about the initial courses that you need to begin your college career. HCC's goal is to place you into the courses in which you will be most successful. Based on your test results, you may be placed in preparatory courses to help you build the foundational skills that are needed for success at the college level. You must take the placement assessment if: You are seeking a degree or certificate You are a student attempting your first college-level English composition or math course or are enrolled in a course that has a math or English prerequisite Placement testing for HCC applicants is done strictly on a walk-in basis. Are you exempt? You are exempt from mathematics placement assessment if you: have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 already have a college degree, have earned a SAT math score of 530* or higher, have earned an ACT math score of 21* or higher, have a high school PARCC Algebra II assessment score of 4 or 5 (750 or higher on the scale score), have a GED Mathematical Reasoning score of 165 or higher, have successfully completed a college-level mathematics course You are exempt from English placement assessment if you: have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 already have a college degree, have earned a SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing score of 480* or higher, have earned an ACT English score of 21* or higher, have a high school sophomore or junior year PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy score of 4 or 5 (750 or higher on the scale score), have a GED Reasoning Through Language Arts score of 165 or higher, have successfully completed a college-level English course If you are enrolled at another college and have written approval to take a course at HCC from your institution, you MAY be exempt from placement assessments. *All SAT and ACT scores are valid for 5 years from the testing date. Cumulative high school GPA is valid for 5 years from the date of graduation from high school. All PARCC and GED scores are valid for 2 years from the testing date. GED exams taken before 2014 will not be used for exemption purposes. Placement Results Placement for English and ESL courses is determined using the English and ESL Placement Matrix. Placement for mathematics courses is determined using the Mathematics Placement Matrix. IST Placement Tests Keyboard Exemption Your advisor will determine if you need to take the IST 101 Keyboarding course. Skills assessment scores are valid for two years from the date of assessment at Hagerstown Community College. Anatomy & Physiology Placement Tests Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 203) Placement Exam Retaking Placement Tests Retesting (whole, or in part) is optional given the following conditions: The student has not taken the placement test twice within two years The student has not begun an HCC English or mathematics course within two years There is a $15 retest fee payable to the Finance Office which must be satisfied prior to testing. This fee applies to English / Math only, and covers testing in whole or in part. (Please note that candidates testing on Saturday or Sunday should arrange to pay their fee ahead of time as the Finance Office is not open on those days.)

Academic Testing Center

All placement testing is currently performed remotely. To register for a placement exam, please complete the registration form here. Mission Statement The HCC Academic Testing Center is dedicated to enhancing student learning by providing comprehensive, accessible testing services. The Academic Testing Center strives to fulfill the needs of students and the community by subscribing to the National College Testing Association Professional Standards and Guidelines. Providing a safe, secure, and efficient testing environment, the Academic Testing Center serves a number of disciplines in the educational and professional arenas. The HCC Academic Testing Center: Administers placement exams to students before they enroll in HCC courses Facilitates the testing needs of HCC students taking online courses both locally and nationwide Serves as the primary liaison for outside testing agencies and institutions Offers professional examinations and certifications to HCC students and the local business community Makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities Strives to continually maintain best testing practices and standards Placement testing is done on a walk-in basis and is free to HCC students. Testing takes approximately three hours to complete.  A valid photo ID and seven-digit HCC Student ID number is required for all placement testing.  Please make prior arrangements for childcare, as children are not permitted in the Academic Testing Center. Placement retesting is done on a walk-in basis. A retesting fee may apply. Faculty-authorized tests are given on a walk-in basis. Test takers are also responsible for abiding by all Academic Testing Center Guidelines for Students. Students with special needs who require testing accommodations should first contact Disability Support Services before coming to the Academic Testing Center for any testing. In order to best serve HCC students requiring specific accommodations while testing, students are required to stop by the Academic Testing Center (LRC-322) five days prior to their scheduled test to make arrangements for assistance. The Academic Testing Center is a participant of the National College Testing Association and the Consortium of College Testing Centers and a member of the Center for Academic Integrity. Praxis Exams Detailed information about the Praxis exam can be obtained and scheduled through the Praxis website. To reschedule an exam, it is recommended that you contact the Praxis Customer Service hotline directly by calling 1-800-772-9476. HCC staff cannot schedule or reschedule Praxis tests.