Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Placement Testing

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.

Required day of exam

  • Photo ID
  • BCC 9 digit Student Id Number (begins with 900)
  • Pen


  • Arriving late for appointment
  • Any student using any of the items below during the test session will be asked to leave the testing site immediately:
  • Electronic devices including: cellphones, iPod, iPad, headphones, media player, etc.
  • Calculators
  • Books, study notes, dictionaries, scratch paper, or other aids (scrap paper will be provided and collected when the test is completed)
  • Food and/or beverages
  • Person not taking the exam

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

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 1.5-2 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.

Testing Fee
There is no fee for testing.

Students are allowed one (1) retest.

Transfer Students
If you are transferring in credits from another college, you should not schedule an appointment until you have received an official transfer credit evaluation from the Office of Admissions. You may be exempt from testing.

Testing scores from another institution
Bristol Community College only accepts official Accuplacer™ scores. We do not accept course placements.We will accept the following tests to determine course placements:

  • ACCUPLACER Reading, Arithmetic and/or Elementary Algebra
  • The writing test for English courses must be taken here

Students must contact the institution where they took the ACCUPLACER test and request an official score report.  Score reports must be mailed, e-mailed or faxed directly from the other college to:

Bristol Community College
Attn: Assessment Center
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720
Fax: 508.730.3291

Test Preparation
The Testing Center offers study guides to help you prepare for the test

Disability Services
If you are requesting testing accommodations due to a documented disability, please contact Disability Services at 508.678.2811, ext. 2955. The main office is located in building L, Room 109.

Non-Native English Speaker
If English is not your first language, please contact the English as a Second Language (ESL) Coordinator at 508.678.2811, ext. 2476. The office is located in building B, Room 114.