The Department of Higher Education requires all students entering a degree or certificate program to take placements tests in order to ensure appropriate placement in classes. The tests assess your skill levels in reading, writing and mathematics. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with academic background information, are used by college academic advisors to assist you with course selection.
Testing is offered at the Fall River, New Bedford and Attleboro campuses. Non-degree students (those not pursuing a degree or certificate) who wish to enroll in an English or Math course are also required to take the placement tests.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED ON TEST DAY
- BCC 9 digit Student ID Number (begins with 900)
- PEN for the essay
What Tests Will You Take
Test Time Limit Written Essay Fifty (50) minutes Accuplacer Reading Comprehension 20 multiple-choice questions-Untimed Accuplacer Arithmetic 17 multiple-choice questions-Untimed Accuplacer Elementary Algebra 12 multiple-choice questions-Untimed
The Accuplacer tests are adaptive. This means that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented to you based on your responses to prior questions. This technique selects just the right questions to ask without being too easy or too difficult. Generally students take 2 hours to finish. Take the tests seriously! Not trying your best may result in placement of courses below your skill level and may not count toward your major.
There is no fee for testing.
Students are allowed one (1) retest.
Students who have completed previous college-level coursework in English and/or mathematics may be exempt from all or part of the placement testing. An official transcript should be submitted to the Office of Admissions for evaluation prior to the scheduled exam.
Testing Scores from another College
We only accept Accuplacer™ Reading Comprehension, Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra test scores. The writing test for English courses must be taken here. Accuplacer™ Test Reports can be faxed to our office at 508.730.3253.
The Testing Center offers study guides to help you prepare for the test
Fall River Campus 777 Elsbree Street. G building, Room 218 Phone: 508.678.2811 ext. 3978 Fax: 508.730.3253
Attleboro Campus- 11 Field Road Phone: 508.226.2484
New Bedford Campus- 188 Union Street Phone: 508.678.2811 ext. 3978