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College Placement Tests

Testing at BCC 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 Essay 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

Students Needing Accommodations

To request testing accommodations due to a documented disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 774.357.2955 or odsaccess@bristolcc.edu.

Non-Native English Speaker


If English is not your first language, please contact Livia Neubert, ESL Coordinator at 774.357.2476 or livia.neubert@bristolcc.edu.

Exemptions

Students may be exempt from all or part of the placement test.

  • Successful completion of a college-level English or Math course. Official transcripts are submitted 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 BCC.
  • SAT scores. If you scored over 500 on the SAT Reading and Writing, you will not take the Reading portion of the test. If you scored over 600 on the SAT Reading and Writing, you will not take the Reading and Writing sections of the test. There are currently no exemptions for SAT math scores. Official score reports from the College Board are required.
  • CLEP scores. (College-Level Examination Program) Official score reports from the College Board are required.
  • 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. Official score reports from the College Board are required. Learn more by visiting the PLA equivalency guide.

Testing Scores from Another Institution

ACCUPLACER Reading, Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra scores are accepted at BCC. Official score reports must be mailed, e-mailed or faxed directly from the other college. The writing test for English must be taken at BCC. 

More Information

Placement Test Preparation
Request a Placement Test
Send Placement Scores to Another College
What Your Scores Mean

Contact Details

Testing Center
Fall River Campus
Phone: 508.678.2811, ext. 3978
Fax: 508.730.3291
Location: G218

Event Calendar

Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:00:00 GMT

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Transfer College Lobby Days (12/12/2017)

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