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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Placement Testing Multiple Measures

Students may be exempt from all or part of the placement test by using one of the following:

  • 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
    • 500 or above on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section waives students from the Writing and Reading placement tests. Submit official College Board SAT score reports to the Testing Center.
  • ACT scores
    • 18 or above on the English test waives students from the Writing and Reading placement tests. Submit official score reports to the Testing Center.
  • 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.

 

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.