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Placement Test Preparation

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La Plata Campus
Learning Resource Center (LR Building), Room 114

Salman Zafarullah, Testing Center Coordinator

Lee Desmarais, Testing Center Manager

301-934-7657
Testing_Center@csmd.edu


Leonardtown Campus
Building C, Room 314

Jacqueline Dyson, Testing Center Manager
240-725-5340
LEON_Testing_Center@csmd.edu


Prince Frederick Campus
John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 102

Courtnie Krauss, Testing Center Manager
443-550-6040
PRIN_Testing_Center@csmd.edu


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Accuplacer Remediation/Study Tools

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) encourages the use of placement test preparation materials for the placement tests. There are a limited number of times that an individual can take the placement test, so reviewing these preparation materials will be 

Completion of the following materials will also satisfy the remediation requirement for free retesting.

Please remember to bring your printed, completed study materials, or display your completed practice work on the ACCUPLACER app in order to retest for free.

 About the Test

  Web-Based Study App

ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Reading

ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Writing

ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Arithmetic

ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS)

ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF)

Please remember to bring in the completed, printed test or worksheet or have available the completed app if you would like to retest for free.

PLATO - Test Preparation

PLATO is an interactive, web-based learning system designed to help students strengthen their skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.  This software is available free of charge to CSM students who want a more comprehensive placement test review or for nursing program petitioners who are looking for help with ACT/SAT test preparation. Remediation using PLATO is required in order to attempt any placement test a third time (second re-test).  Follow the instructions below to request access to PLATO. 

CSM Students who need PLATO access should send an email request to the Learning Support Center at learningsupport@csmd.edu.  Include the following information in your request:

  • Full name (first, middle, and last)
  • CSM student ID number
  • "PLATO Test Prep" in the Subject line.
  • Please state in your e-mail request which module(s) you need:
    • Math placement test review
    • English placement test review
    • Reading placement test review

You will receive a response to your request with instructions once your access has been granted. Please allow up to 3 business days to process your request.

You can view more in-depth PLATO information by clicking here.

For CSM Students already granted PLATO access: Go to https://ple.platoweb.com/Account/SignIn. Enter "cosm" as Account Login, the provided Plato Name and Password and click Login.

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Work Keys Assessment

The Work Keys exam is a test of essential work skills in three areas:  Applied Mathematics, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents.  Each section of this computer based test has a maximum time limit of 55 minutes.  The cost for the Work Keys exam is $45. Payment can be made using this online form, or by completing the paper form located at the bottom of this page.

Scheduling Information:

  • La Plata administers the Work Keys exam by appointment only.  Call 301-934-7657 or stop by the Testing Center in LR 114 to schedule your test.  
  • Leonardtown administers the Work Keys exam by appointment only. Call 240-725-5340 or stop by the Testing Center in A109 to schedule your test.
  • Prince Frederick administers the Work Keys exam by appointment only.  Call 443-550-6040 or stop by PF 102 to schedule your test.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) describes a level of capability on the placement tests. Students who receive this placement need to improve their reading, math, and language skills before they begin coursework at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). If your placement test scores specify placement at the ABE level, you will be required to do supplementary work prior to retesting and/or starting college classes.

Options

  • Charles County residents: The Lifelong Learning Center at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center in Pomfret offers classes during the mornings, afternoons and evenings.  Sessions are small and learning is individualized to meet the needs of each student. All areas of basic reading, writing and math are covered as well as areas needed for the External Diploma Program and GED. Additionally, the Lifelong Learning Center offers tutoring through the Learning Resource Center on the La Plata Campus. For more information, contact:
  • Calvert and St. Mary’s County residents: The College of Southern Maryland now provides low/no cost Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED Preparation, and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. These classes are small and learning is individualized to meet the needs of each student.  Students who tested at ABE level on their placement tests may be able to find tutoring assistance through this program.  For more information, contact the College of Southern Maryland Adult Education Program

NEXT STEPS

  1. Build up your skills using through:
  • Tutoring
    • Review the tutoring schedule at www.csmd.edu/tutoring
    • Call 301-753-1774 in Charles County or email llc@ccboe.com for tutoring or course information.
    • Call 240-725-5473 in St. Mary's County or 443-550-6149 in Calvert County or email adulted@csmd.edu for tutoring or course information.
    • Self-study
      • PLATO is an online tutorial program available 24/7. E-mail a request to the Learning Resource Center at learningsupport@csmd.edu for access to PLATO.  Include the following information in your request:
        • Full name (first, middle, and last)
        • CSM student ID number
        • "PLATO Test Prep" in the Subject line.
        • Please state in your e-mail request which module(s) you need:
        • Math placement test review
        • English placement test review
        • Reading placement test review
        • You will receive a response to your request with instructions once your access has been granted. Please allow up to 3 business days to process your request.
    • Classes
      • Contact Lifelong Learning or the College of Southern Maryland regarding course offerings.
  1. Review CSM retesting policies www.csmd.edu/student-services/testing-services/placement-testing/
  2. Retake the placement test and test out of the ABE
  3. Enroll in CSM