General Testing Center Information


What are your hours?


Monday 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Friday 8:30 – 4:30 PM *
Saturdays 9AM – 12 PM

 • During June and July we are closed on Fridays.
 • Please allow enough time to complete testing, as the Testing Center does close at the above times.
 • Be especially mindful of busy Saturday mornings!
 • CLEP/DSST by appointment only: 301.846.2522, pre-registration is required


Where is the Testing Center?


The Testing Center is on the first floor of the Library Building in Room L104. Click here for directions to the campus and a campus map.


Every test requires a photo ID


Students are required to have a picture ID to take a placement test and should also have their FCC student ID # with them.

Valid Identification includes:
 • Driver’s License
 • Passport
 • Employee ID
 • Student Photo ID
 • MVA temporary photo ID
 • Original birth certificate or court change of name in addition to TWO proofs of residence which can be from a long list of things such as property tax bill, rent contract, canceled check with name and address imprint, utility and cable bills, etc.


What am I allowed to bring into the test with me? 


You are not allowed to bring anything in with you except any materials for your test (if you are taking a test for a class, your professor needs to specify allowed materials; placement tests only allow you to bring in a calculator).


Can I bring my child/parent/friend to the Testing Center? 


For their own safety and out of consideration for other testers, under no circumstances are children permitted in the Testing Center or to be left unattended during testing.


Where can they wait while I’m taking my test? 


Children, parents, friends, and anyone else who is not taking a test can wait outside the Testing Center. If they would like to stay in the building, there are several small lounges throughout L building, including one in the hallway right around the corner from the Testing Center. The library is also available. On campus, there are also plenty of lounge spaces; the most popular is the lounge/cafeteria in H building, where the Cougar Grille and Smooth Joe’s are located.
 
Who can I call or email for more information? Christopher Jacobson is the manager of the center. He can be reached at 301.624.2714 or you can e-mail the Testing Center.



PLACEMENT TESTING


What is the Placement Test? 


FCC’s Testing Center follows Maryland guidelines for skill assessment prior to registration. (See the FCC catalog.) Proficiency in reading comprehension, sentence skills (grammar), study skills, math, and essay writing is measured by taking the placement tests. Developmental skill-building courses will be required when scores do not meet state-mandated cutoffs.

The college utilizes an adaptive, untimed ACCUPLACER test, which means that each answer to a question determines the next test question. This provides a more accurate measure of an individual student’s skills.


Why do students need to take the Placement Test? 


Placement testing provides information about the best courses, whether developmental or college-credit, for students to begin their college career at FCC.


Who needs to take the Placement Test?


Unless otherwise exempted, all students will be required to take a reading, sentence skills, and math placement test. A writing placement test may also be required.

Students may be exempt from taking some of the placement tests under the following circumstances:

 • Scores over 550 on the critical reading and/or mathematics portion of the SAT (If scores are older than five years, you must take the placement test.)

 • Score of 21 or higher on the English, reading, and/or mathematics portion of the ACT (If scores are older than five years, you must take the placement test.)

 • Students with eligible AP test scores of 3 or better in English Language & Comp, English Literature & Comp and/or Calculus or Statistics

 • Students who have earned an A or B in Algebra II or higher in a FCPS high school during their junior or senior year and within the last two academic years

 • Eligible transfer credits from another college

 


Where and when can I take the Placement Test?


Placement testing is done on a walk-in basis in the FCC Testing Center, Library Building, Room L104.

Placement testing hours are:
Monday through Thursday, 8:30am-7:30pm
Fridays 8:30am-4:30pm (Closed on Fridays May 25 through July 27)
Saturdays 9:00am to noon

Please allow enough time to complete testing; we generally advise about 1-1.5 hrs for each test (so about 3 hours overall, though the tests are untimed). If you come in shortly before closing, the Testing Center staff will advise you to come back another day.


What should I bring to the test?


Students are required to have a picture ID to take a placement test and should also have their FCC student ID # with them, if they have one.

Valid identification includes:
 • Driver’s License
 • Passport
 • Employee ID
 • Student Photo ID
 • MVA temporary photo ID
 • Original birth certificate or court change of name in addition to TWO proofs of residence (which can be from a long list of things such as property tax bill, rent contract, canceled check with name and address imprint, utility and cable bills, etc).


What am I allowed to bring into the test with me?


You are not allowed to bring anything in with you except a calculator.


How do I get my placement test results?


With the exception of the writing sample, your score report will be explained to you immediately following testing. You cannot "pass" or "fail" the placement test. Results are used by advisors to help determine course selection. The writing sample is passed on to a member of the English department faculty, who then grades the essay holistically and places each student accordingly.



FACULTY RESOURCES


Does the Testing Center do full-class testing?


No, unless you are teaching an online/hybrid course. We do not have the resources to handle multiple full classes in the Testing Center; between placement tests, make-up tests, and online/hybrid courses, our 30+ computers and desks are almost always in use as it is!

If you require an exception, permission must be given by the Testing Center manager, Chris Jacobson. You can email him at cjacobson@frederick.edu. Exceptions are made based on each individual case, unless there is an event (such as a hurricane) that affects testing school-wide.


How do I set up a make-up test? 


You must email/bring in person the test and any instructions you have for your students. You can find a copy of the form here.  Make sure to specify a start and end date for your test, along with time limits, allowed materials, and any special instructions.


How do I get my tests from the Testing Center?


When tests are completed, we will process them and email you when they are ready to be picked up. You must show up in person (or let us know if you’re sending someone in your stead) and sign them out. If untaken tests expire, they will be sent to your mailbox.


What can my students bring to their tests? 


We can only allow students to bring in what you specify. Often, professors will tell students that they can use their notes or calculators, but have not indicated on their test form that students can do so. This results in conflict and usually means we have to call you to verify whether or not a student can take in any extra materials. That creates a lot of stress for students.


What’s the best day to end an exam? 


Our only policy regarding test expiration dates is that they can’t end on a Friday or Saturday. Otherwise, any time is fine as long as you’ve communicated the date and time to your students.



STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

If I am a student with a disability, how is my test-taking affected?


The Testing Center works closely with The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities to provide services for students with ADA accommodations. If you need special testing accommodations, contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office at 301.846.2408.


I am a faculty member arranging a test for a student with a disability. What does this process entail?


The Testing Center makes provisions for students with ADA accommodations.

 • If a student’s test is being sent to the Testing Center because of an accommodation, please check the “student has an accommodation” box on the blue Testing Center Exam Form.
 • If a student requires additional time for an exam, please indicate the amount of time allowed.
 • If a student requires a private room, scribe and/or reader, scheduled room reservations are made in advance through the Services for Students with Disabilities Office at 301.846.2408. Instructors should refer students to the Services for Students with Disabilities Office so they can make arrangements for themselves.