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New Student Advising & Placement Testing

New Student Advising & Placement Testing

Advisors at Garrett College understand that academic advising is the key component to helping students achieve their educational goals. New students, transfer students, and students returning to Garrett College after an extended break must attend a New Student Advising day to complete the final steps to becoming enrolled; including Placement Testing, if required (see details below).

During New Student Advising day, advisors are available to assist students regarding:

  • Accuplacer/placement assessment interpretation
  • Degree or major selection
  • Course selection and sequence
  • Academic support resources
  • Career and transfer guidance
  • Graduation requirements

All New Student Advising days, unless noted, include check-in, picture for student photo ID, retrieval of student username and password, general welcome session, placement testing (if required), advising and course registration, parent sessions, and visits to the college business office and financial aid. Tours of our residence halls are also available.

Students requiring placement testing may wish to take advantage of low-cost Summer Refresher Courses. See detailed information in drop-down below.

Students are encouraged to bring a parent/guardian with them to their New Student Advising day. Students requiring placement testing and advising should plan to be on-campus from approximately 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. All advising days begin at 10 a.m.

All new and transfer students must schedule a New Student Advising appointment through the Admissions Office by calling 301-387-3044.

Students returning to Garrett College following an extended break should also contact the Admissions Office by calling 301-387-3044. Students returning following a break of fewer than four semesters may contact the Advising & Academic Success Center directly at 866-554-2773, extension 3715 to inquire about returning.

Upcoming Dates

Winter & Spring New Student Advising Dates


  • Thursday, December 13

    (Walk-In Advise only, No Placement due to final exams)

  • January

  • Wednesday, January 9

    (Placement Testing & Advising, 11am start)

  • Tuesday, January 15

    (Placement Testing & Advising, 11am start)

  • Thursday, January 17

    (Walk-In Placement Testing & Advising)

  • Friday, January 18

    (Alternate Placement Testing & Advising in case of cancellation)

  • Tuesday, January 22

    (AS NEEDED Placement Testing & Advising)

Limited New Student Advising appointments available, call to schedule.

Placement testing is an assessment process used to determine each student’s most appropriate math and English course upon entering the college. Garrett College utilizes ACCUPLACER Classic placement testing platform, a computer-delivered assessment suite, to determine proper course placement. Students requiring testing (see next area for exemptions) will take three untimed individual tests during the testing session: Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Elementary Algebra (Arithmetic and College-Level Math). There are between 12-20 multiple-choice questions on each test, each question adapted to the student’s demonstrated skill level from the previous question.

Students with lower scores on the placement test may be required to take as many as two developmental math classes and one developmental English class before taking some college classes. While developmental courses help acquire the skills needed to succeed academically, they do not count toward graduation or transfer and cost time and money. For these reasons, it is critical that students take these tests seriously and try their hardest.


Certain ACT or SAT scores may exempt students from placement testing, as illustrated below.

If you are a transfer student seeking exemption from placement, official college transcripts must be on file in the Garrett College Office of Admissions BEFORE ADVISING AND REGISTRATION can take place.

ACT/SAT Score  ; Course Placement
ACT English of 21 or higher or SAT Critical Reading of 480 and higher English and reading placement tests not required English 101 with no additional reading requirement
ACT math of 21 or higher or SAT math of 530 and higher Math placement test not required MAT105 or MAT210 Students seeking a higher math placement must take ACCUPLACER to determine exact course placement.

High School GPA

High School Graduates who have achieved a cumulative high school GPA of 2.8 or above (on 4.0 scale) are also exempt from placement testing and are permitted to enter college-level courses immediately (testing required for math placement beyond MAT105 or MAT210). Please let an admissions counselor know if you qualify for this and have your official high school transcript sent to Garrett College right away.

If you are a transfer student seeking exemption from placement, official college transcripts must be on file in the Garrett College Office of Admissions BEFORE ADVISING AND REGISTRATION can take place.

Those exempt from placement should call an admissions counselor at 301-387-3044 to confirm exemption and schedule an advising and registration session.

ACCUPLACER Placement testing is offered as part of New Student Advising Days. Students must schedule to attend in advance. Immediately following testing, students will meet with an advisor and register for classes. Please plan to arrive on campus by 9:30am and to remain until approximately 3:30pm for same-day testing and registration.

Placement testing is also available to new students outside of New Student Advising Days. Students that test outside of New Student Advising Days will not register for classes that day; please plan to schedule a separate date for advising and registration.

How do I schedule a placement date?

If you are not exempt from placement, please schedule by calling 866-554-2773, extension 3715 or email. Please schedule 48 hours in advance and do not attend without making an appointment. Unfortunately, those who arrive late for testing may need to reschedule.

If you would like to arrange remote testing at a location near you, please call calling 866-554-2773, extension 3715 or email We may be able to help you locate an ACCUPLACER test site that is more convenient for you.

It is highly recommended that students prepare in advance for placement. Review with a friend, relative, former teacher, or visit one of the many free online resources available:

  • Accuplacer FREE Web-Based Study App - The app will allow users to review and take practice tests in the areas of reading comprehension, sentence skills, elementary algebra, arithmetic, and college level math.

    Visit Accuplacer Site or view a PDF of Sample Questions

  • Common Core State Standards App – A great reference for students; quickly find standards by subject. App includes Math standards K-12 and Language Arts standards K-12, with the Corresponding College and Career Readiness Standards. Available for both Apple and Android devices. FREE

    Download from the iTunes Store
    Download from the Android Market

  • Khan Academy is a free, not-for-profit organization, providing world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Resources include practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard.

Low-cost, non-credit Refresher Courses are available for students wishing to brush up in the areas of math, English, and reading. New students may use a refresher course to brush-up on basic skills prior to taking the placement test or after an unsatisfactory testing attempt. Students may opt to utilize this resource if they feel they will not perform well, are facing test anxiety, feel they can do better with help up-front, or as an intervention after a test attempt.


    Five-hour math review session; includes meals and placement testing; Cost $0 (grant-funded opportunity).

    • Thurs. June 28
    • Wed. July 11
    • Thurs. July 26
    • Mon. August 13
    • Tues. August 28


    Five-hour English/reading review session; includes meals and placement testing; Cost $50.

    • Fri. June 29
    • Thurs. July 12
    • Fri. July 27
    • Tues. August 14
    • Wed. August 29

Refresher Courses run from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., include 5 hours of instruction, lunch, and testing. Overnight accommodations in the Residence Halls are available for refresher enrollees (and one adult guest) for an additional $20 per person.

Register for Refresher Courses ONLINE here

The link will take you to the Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development site, where you will register online. Steps to register:

  1. Click green course link to expand/view all dates for a course offering
  2. Click green section link for the course/date you wish to enroll
  3. Add course to your cart; use back button to return to full course list and add another course, if needed
  4. Select overnight stay and add to cart, if needed (if adding a guest, change the quantity to 2 at checkout)
  5. Click shopping cart in upper right corner to checkout
  6. Create an account
  7. Proceed through all steps to register and pay online

Online Refresher Courses are available for students unable to attend a face-to-face refresher. These resources provide an overview of math and English/reading with detailed examples and videos to help brush up skills and prepare for placement testing.

Students that are not satisfied with placement testing results on the first attempt may consider re-testing. Re-testing is only permitted if the student is able to demonstrate that he or she has completed a method of academic intervention following the first test attempt. The easiest methods of intervention are:

  • Face-to-face Refresher Course (re-testing included with the course)
  • Online Refresher Course (re-testing scheduled with AASC following completion of the online course)

Other interventions (self-study, personal tutor, other web-based resource) will be examined on a case-by-case basis to determine re-testing eligibility. Students are not permitted to re-test without any form of intervention.