Placement Tests

Placement Tests

Hood offers three separate placements to determine the starting level for first-year students in English composition, mathematics and global language. These placements are not used to determine a student's admission to Hood, but instead are used to determine the level at which they should begin your academic work. 

Students are not be able to register for classes until they have taken the placements in each area or have provided the registrar’s office with qualifying documentation for an exemption, such as AP or IB credit or an official transcript showing equivalent coursework at the college level. 

Students must take all placements without assistance; the Hood Honor code applies.

If, based on a documented disability, a student needs accommodations for any of these placements, please contact accessibility services.

Once the College receives your deposit, you will receive a letter and an email with the username and password needed to take the English composition placement test online.

You will write an essay in response to one of the two topics offered on the test. The response will be evaluated by English department faculty.

If you have completed a composition course with a grade of C- or higher at another accredited college or university or a score of 4 or 5 on the AP language and composition test, you can be exempted from taking an English composition course.

To start the English composition placement, log into Blackboard using your username and password.

You are required to take this mathematics placement unless you have an AP calculus score of a 4 or higher or have completed a college-level mathematics course with a grade of C- or higher from an accredited college. 

This placement consists of up to three separate tests, with each test unlocking the next level if the score is high enough. If the next level test does not appear after pressing the “grade” button, the placement process is finished.

  • Test one is 45 minutes long.
  • Test two is 40 minutes long.
  • Test three is 30 minutes long.

Calculators are permitted in all sections of the placement.

Access an algebra review to review problems similar to those found on the first two tests.

To start the math placement, you can log in with your Hood email username; the password is “blazers1"

Hood College has a global language requirement for all students, and all students are required to take the global language placement test as incoming first year students. Students can only take the test one time.

The global language placement test is available online for French, German, and Spanish using the password “blazers1.”

The test is estimated to take up to 90 minutes. However, depending on your level of mastery, actual testing time may be significantly less.

If you have any questions, please contact us at the numbers below: 

Admission Office: 301-696-3400 or 800-922-1599
CAAR: 301-696-3314
Accessibility Services Testing Accommodations: 301-696-3421