Does it matter when I take my academic tests?
Students are encouraged to complete the academic tests as early
as possible. Registration for the fall term depends on placement
test results. In order to register for a complete schedule of
classes during New Student Orientation, you should have completed
your tests. Also, if you want to exercise a retest option or
complete a summer course, testing early has a distinct
I just received my academic test results, and I have some
questions. Whom shall I contact?
Questions about testing policies and practices should be
referred to the Center for Student Success at email@example.com. Concerns about
academic programs and your schedule of classes should be referred
to the chair of the division in which you have declared a
What courses will I take in the fall term?
Final course schedules are based on academic test results,
program requirements, and general education requirements. You will
register for classes during Orientation and receive your schedule
I have taken college courses and Advanced Placement exams. Do I
still need to take academic tests?
Placement Testing may not be required if you have completed
college-level courses elsewhere and earned grades of C or better in
those courses. If you have taken Advanced Placement exams and
earned scores of 3 or better, you may also not require testing.
Please contact the Center for Student Success for a final
determination regarding whether or not placement testing is
I placed in a developmental course. I’m confused. Do I get
credit for this class?
Developmental courses (MATH 011 and 015) offer credit
equivalency. This way, if you are enrolled in a developmental
course, your status as a full-time student is not affected and you
remain eligible for financial aid. However, these courses do not
offer credit toward a degree.
If I am not getting degree credit for a developmental course,
will it take me longer than four years to graduate?
The College cannot guarantee that each and every student will
earn a degree in four years, but we make every effort to make this
goal possible. Placement in developmental courses does not
necessitate a delay in graduation. Students should work closely
with their academic advisors during their college years in order to
ensure they are on track and making satisfactory progress towards
What if I want to take a summer course?
Many times a student who places in a developmental course
chooses to take the class over the summer at a local community or
four-year college. To do this, the course must be approved by the
director of the Center for Student Success.
How do I get a course approved?
It is the student’s responsibility to find the course at a local
community or four-year college. The student should fax, mail, or
email the following information to the director of the Center for
Student Success: the name of the college offering the class, the
name and number of the course, and a complete description of the
course. Once this information is received, the director will make a
decision regarding whether or not the course is an acceptable
substitute. The Center for Student Success does not assume
responsibility for locating appropriate summer classes.
What is the fax number and email address for the Center for
The fax number is 845-569-3558. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I applied to the Mount, I wrote down history as my major.
Now I want to major in biology. What should I do?
If you decide on a change in major, you need to inform the
Registrar’s Office. Changing a major might necessitate the need for
additional testing in mathematics. For instance, if as a history
major you were exempt from math testing based on your SAT scores,
but you change your major to biology, you may need to complete the
math placement examination.
I placed in a developmental course, but I don’t think I need it
and I don’t want to take it. What can I do?
Placement in developmental courses is mandatory at Mount Saint
Mary College. Students do, however, have the opportunity to retest
in mathematics. Students who wish to exercise the retest option
should do some preparation for the test. The academic tests are
reliable measures of a student’s competencies. If nothing is done
to prepare for a retest, scores usually remain the same as the
I am an incoming nursing major, but I was not placed in Anatomy
and Physiology. Why not?
Academic tests are used not only to place students in
developmental courses, but also to postpone their enrollment in
credit-bearing classes. Students may complete these required
courses once they have developed the essential academic skills
needed for success in these classes. If you placed in a
developmental math course, you cannot be registered for Anatomy and
My mother called your office for my test results, and she was
told I had to call. Why?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits
college personnel from disclosing information from a student’s
record to anyone other than the student or a school official who
has rights to this information. As such, we cannot inform parents
of your placement examination results. Further, while we regard
parents as critical support systems, we expect college-age learners
to raise questions, address problems, and discuss solutions
independent of their parents. To this end, we encourage the
students themselves to make inquiries concerning their placement