Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Placement testing

As part of your admission into college, you may be asked to take an Accuplacer assessment.

What Is Accuplacer?

The Accuplacer assessment is a computer-based assessment used by colleges to determine the proper placement of college students into their initial reading, writing, and math courses. By taking the Accuplacer, you will ensure that you will have the best possible opportunity to succeed in your college courses.

The Accuplacer
  • is not a pass or fail test.
  • is untimed.
  • is taken on a computer.
  • is adaptive, meaning it assigns questions based upon your answers to previous questions.
  • contains multiple choice questions. Each question offers 4 answer choices.
  • gives you immediate results based upon the number of questions you have answered correctly.

Why prepare to take the Accuplacer?

The Accuplacer tests your knowledge in a different way than the High School Equivalency Test. While the High School Equivalency Test tests your ability to apply math, the Accuplacer relies heavily on straight math computation and mathematical vocabulary not generally present on the High School Equivalency Test. To bypass introductory algebra courses, you must demonstrate a higher degree of algebra proficiency on the Accuplacer assessment. The reading Accuplacer also tests skills differently than the High School Equivalency Test.

By doing well on the Accuplacer assessment, you will be able to bypass non-credit bearing review courses. This will save you both time and money as these courses must be taken before you take courses that accrue credits towards your certificate or degree.

For more information about the test and some sample questions, visit the College Board. BCC study guides offer additional preparation.