Developmental Education PoliciesA number of policies guide the developmental education program at CCBC.
Assessment and placement policy
Students who place in developmental reading, writing, and/or mathematics courses are required to register for each of these courses or their prerequisites beginning with their first semester at CCBC. They must continue to enroll in a course or courses from within the required developmental sequence(s) in reading, writing, and/or math every semester until ENGL 101 and a general education math course are successfully completed. All students who place in developmental courses must work closely with an academic advisor to create a plan for enrolling in and completing required developmental courses.
Policy details: SAT scores and ACT scores may be used to make placement decisions.
- Writing SAT I score of 550 or above
- Transferring 100-level English composition course equivalent to ENGL 101 with “C” or better
- ACT – English score of 21 or above (not the combined English/writing score)
- English Composition Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of 4 or above
- Critical Reading SAT I score of 550 or above or Writing SAT I score of 550 or above
- ACT – Reading score of 21 or above
- Transferring 6 or more general education college credits
- Mathematics SAT I score of 550 or above
- Transferring college level Mathematics course
- ACT – Mathematics score of 21 or above
|Accuplacer||Reading|| 79 or higher
|Accuplacer||English|| 90 or higher
| Accuplacer (CPTG)
||Math|| 70 or higher plus 45 on CTM
|Companion||Reading|| 25 or higher
|Companion||English|| 23 or higher
|Companion||Math|| 22 or higher plus 12 on COMM
|Compass||Reading|| 80 or higher
|Compass||English|| 70 or higher
|Compass||Math|| 63 or higher
|Asset||Reading|| 39 or higher
|Asset||English|| 41 or higher
|Asset||Math|| 39 or higher
Students may use previous college work to place out of developmental courses. This course work must be verified with a transcript. The following courses exempt a student from developmental course work.
| For Reading
||Two general education courses (no math or foreign language) with an average of C or better|
| For Math
||A math course which counts toward general education|
| For English
||English 101 - Must have earned credit for English 101|
Continuous enrollment for developmental students policy
Students who place in developmental reading, writing, and/or mathematics courses are required to register for each of these courses or their prerequisites within their first semester. They must continue to enroll in a course or courses from within the required developmental sequence(s) in reading, writing, and/or math every semester until all required developmental courses for their program are successfully completed. All students who place in developmental courses must work closely with an academic advisor or career coordinator to create a plan for enrolling in and completing required developmental courses.
Course repeat policy
Developmental co-requisites and prerequisites
- ACLT 052 – 5 Billable Hours – Academic Literacy
- RDNG 051 – 0 Credits – 5 billable hours – College Reading I
- RDNG 052 – 0 Credits – 4 billable hours – College Reading II
- ENGL 051 – 0 Credits – 4 billable hours – Basic Writing I
- ENGL 052 – 0 Credits – 3 billable hours – Basic Writing II
- MATH 073 – 0 Credits – 3 billable hours – Intermediate Algebra with Applications
- MATH 081 – 0 Credits – 3 billable hours – Pre-Algebra
- Math 082 – 0 Credits – 3 billable hours – Introductory Algebra
- MATH 083 – 0 Credits – 3 billable hours – Intermediate Algebra
Minimum skills policy
Students who assess below the minimum skills required for MATH 081 will be referred to the Comprehensive Math Skills Review program offered through Continuing Education and Economic Development (CEED). Upon successful completion of the course, students may enter Math 081.
Students who assess below the minimum skills required for RDNG 051 may need to complete and provide documentation of 60 hours of literacy instruction with a community-based facility or an approved Community College of Baltimore County Continuing Education program, if eligible. Students also have the option of retesting after a two-year wait period. Please contact the campus Coordinator of Developmental Education for more information.
Placement appeals policies
Students who are not satisfied with their placement scores may retest one time and appeal one time. A retest includes taking the appropriate subtest of the placement test again. Students are not permitted to retest sooner than 24 hours after the initial test. Students who wish to retake any part of the placement test must first speak to an academic advisor who will complete the Assessment/Placement Retest and Appeal Form for the student to take to the Testing Center.
The appeals process involves use of a different instrument. Once a student has begun the sequence of developmental courses, he or she may not retest unless they have special permission from the designated administrator.
Reading Appeal Policy
- A student who has taken the Accuplacer twice may appeal his or her placement after reviewing his or her scores with an academic advisor. Students must wait 24 hours before appealing. Students who appeal will take the Nelson Denny Reading Test, Form G, Comprehension section only, the extended time administration.
- Reading placements will be changed for students with the following Nelson Denny Reading Test scores:
- Reading 051 - Nelson Denny test score of 56-61 will change placement to RDNG 052/LVR1.
- Reading 052 - Nelson Denny test score of 62+ will exempt student from RDNG 052. The level will be LVR2.
- All requests to appeal must be made prior to the start of the semester. Students may not appeal once they have begun the Reading sequence.
English Appeal Policy
- A student who places into ENGL 051 or ENGL 052 who desires to appeal must review his or her placement scores with an academic advisor. After this consultation, if the student wishes to appeal, the advisor will complete the Assessment/Placement Retest and Appeal Form and forward it to the Testing Center.
- The appeal test is a timed (45 minutes) essay, using a state-approved writing prompt. The student may use a computer or hand-write the essay in the Testing Center. Appointments are not necessary.
- The essay is read by an English department faculty member. The resulting placement will be reported to the Testing Center by e-mail within approximately one week of the test for posting into Banner.
- A student must see an advisor to get his/her placement.
Math Appeal Policy
- A student who places into MATH 081, MATH 082, or MATH 073/083 who desires to appeal must review his or her placement scores with an academic advisor. After this consultation, if the student wishes to appeal, the advisor will complete the Assessment/Placement Retest and Appeal form and forward it to the Testing Center.
- The student should pick up a copy of the appeal review packet for the specific course placement he/she is appealing (Math 081, Math 082 or Math 083) from the Advising Office.
- When ready, the student should go to the Testing Center at his/her campus to take the appropriate appeal test. The student has two hours to complete the test.
- The results of the test will be available at the Advising Office at their respective campus within 3 business days.
- The student should plan to meet with an academic advisor to obtain his/her results and discuss his/her mathematics course selection options.
- Note that there is a different process for students who place into LVM9. These students should contact an academic advisor to discuss the LVM9 appeal process and obtain a copy of the LVM9 Referral Form.