Welcome to the Garrett College Online Writing/Reading Refresher Course.
This online resource is supplementary to the Face-To-Face Refresher Courses offered at Garrett College.
What is a Refresher Course?
Garrett College offers two types of Refresher Courses – face-to-face and online. Courses are designed to help students improve on math, writing, and reading skills and course placements before the student’s first semester.
- FACE-TO-FACE REFRESHER COURSES are free or low-cost, one-day courses offered at Garrett College’s McHenry Campus through the summer months. Courses provide 5 hours of content instruction, lunch, and placement testing.
- ONLINE REFRESHER COURSES are free, online, self-paced courses, in the form of a web quest, offered by Garrett College. Students may access and complete an Online Refresher Course from any device with internet connectivity. Once a student has completed the course, he or she may contact the college to schedule placement testing.
Who should take a Refresher Course?
- NEW STUDENTS BEFORE TAKING PLACEMENT TEST: New students may use the refresher resource to brush-up on skills prior to taking the placement test for the first time. Students may choose to utilize this resource if they feel they will not perform well, are facing test anxiety, or feel they can do better with help up-front.
- NEW STUDENTS AFTER ATTEMPTING PLACEMENT TEST (one or more times): Students wishing to retake the placement test are required to provide evidence of academic intervention before they are permitted to retest. Suggested intervention methods are the face-to-face and online refresher courses. Participating in one of the intervention methods will be the student's "fee" to retake the placement test. To verify this requirement with the online refresher course option, the student must take the quiz at the end of the webquest.
Information on Placement Testing at Garrett College
Garrett College utilizes Accuplacer Next Generation testing platform for placement purposes. Students that do not meet one of the placement exemptions are required to complete the placement assessment prior to registering for classes. If a student is unsatisfied with placement results, he or she may retest after completing an academic intervention method (described above).
To navigate through the Online Writing/Reading Refresher Course, click on the tabs to the left. Within each tab, you will find a variety of notes, resources, tips, etc. to help you increase your skills in that area. Read and work through as much of the content as possible to gain the most benefit from this refresher.
At the end of this course, you will find two tabs labeled "Quiz Questions" and "Answer Sheet". Use those two areas to complete the QUIZ. Everyone is encouraged to complete the quiz to assess your newly acquired knowledge.
**If you are a student wishing to re-take the placement test, you are REQUIRED to complete the quiz. An advisor will be able to view your score upon completion to determine retest eligibility.