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

Accuplacer WritePlacer

N/A

50 minutes

Accuplacer Reading

20 multiple choice

Untimed/computerized

Accuplacer Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Stats

20 multiple choice

Untimed/computerized

Accuplacer Advanced Algebra & Functions

20 multiple choice

Untimed/computerized


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Placement Testing Multiple Measures
 

  • High School GPA (grade point average)
    • Math Placement- 2.7 GPA and a Massachusetts graduate within 3 years is exempted from the Accuplacer QAS test
    • English Placement-2.7 GPA and a Massachusetts graduate within 10 years is exempted from the Accuplacer WritePlacer and Reading tests

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. 540 or above waives students from the math placement test. Submit official College Board SAT score reports to the Testing Center. *This is only applicable for the SAT version taken after MARCH 2016.*

  • ACT scores
    • 18 or above on the English test waives students from the Writing and Reading placement tests. 22 or above on the Math test waives students from the math placement test. 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 Credit for Prior Learning Course Equivalency Table.