Developmental Education Policies

A number of policies guide the developmental education program at CCBC.

These include:

Assessment and placement policy

All certificate and degree-seeking students are required to have their skills assessed in reading, writing, and mathematics. Assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics is required at the time of entrance into the college, and students will not be permitted to register until they complete the assessment process. Placement tests are offered in designated centers on each campus. Documentation of previous college work, placement tests administered at other colleges, or SAT/ACT scores may exempt a student from testing, in accordance with state agreements. Placement test scores and SAT/ACT scores are valid for two years for students who have not begun their academic coursework. Students with current documentation of disabilities will be eligible for accommodations, when appropriate. Retests and appeals of placement test scores are available on each campus.

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.

English exemption
  • 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

Reading exemption
  • 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

Math exemption
  • Mathematics SAT I score of 550 or above
  • Transferring college level Mathematics course
  • ACT – Mathematics score of 21 or above
Students who provide documentation of the following test scores from other colleges may use them for placement into or out of developmental courses. These scores must have been obtained within two years of the date of admission. Students whose scores are lower than those listed in the following chart have the option to retake the Accuplacer to place out of developmental courses in their respective disciplines.

 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

Students may be restricted from registering for a course for a third or subsequent attempt. When a student repeats a course, only the higher grade is computed into the Quality Point Average (QPA). All grades will remain on a student's transcript. Before a student is permitted to register for a course for a third or subsequent attempt, the student must have the permission of the academic dean (or his/her designee) responsible for the course. To pick up a permission to repeat packet, please go to the Student Success Center on your campus.

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
Note: Most credit courses, including general education requirements, have developmental course prerequisites. Refer to the course descriptions in the CCBC Course Catalog and schedule to determine prerequisites. Students will be blocked from registering for courses for which they do not have a sufficient placement score or documentation of completion of prerequisites.

Leapfrog policy

Students may "leapfrog" from the lower level of some developmental courses to credit courses if they meet departmental criteria.

Minimum skills policy

Math
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.

Reading
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.