College Placement Tests

All students enrolled in a degree or certificate program are required to take college placement tests in order to ensure appropriate placement in classes. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with academic background information, are used by college academic advisors to assist you with course selection.

Testing at Bristol is free and students are allowed one re-test. Students can expect to finish the exam in 1.5 to 2 hours.

 Test  Number of Questions  Time Limit
 Written Placement Test  N/A  50 minutes
 Accuplacer Reading Comprehension  20 multiple choice questions  Untimed/computerized
 Accuplacer Arithmetic  17 multiple choice questions  Untimed/computerized
 Accuplacer Elementary Algebra  12 multiple choice questions  Untimed/computerized


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Students may be exempt from all or part of the placement test. Some conditions may include:

  • Successful completion of a college-level English or Math course. Submit your official transcript to the Admissions Office.
  • Accuplacer scores from another institution. Official score reports can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the Testing Center and must come directly from the other college. We will accept any passing scores and contact you with the results. You may still be required to take some tests at Bristol.
  • SAT scores. If you scored above 500 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section, you will not have to take the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension test. If you scored above 600 on the SAT Reading and Writing, you will not take the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension and Writing Placement sections of the test. There are currently no exemptions for SAT math scores. You will be required to submit College Board SAT score reports to the Testing Center to be considered for this exemption.
  • CLEP scores. (College-Level Examination Program) Submit your official College Board score reports to the Admissions Office.
  • AP scores. Students who earn AP Exam scores of 3 or above are generally considered to be qualified to receive college credit and/or placement into advanced courses due to the fact that their AP Exam scores are equivalent to a college course score of “middle C “ or above. Submit your official College Board score reports to the Admissions Office. Learn more by visiting the PLA equivalency guide.
  • Accuplacer Elementary Algebra. If you score 72 or above on the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra section, you will not need to take the Accuplacer Arithmetic test.