Assessment/Testing for Course Placement

At Bunker Hill Community College, you can use the following options to determine what courses to start with. These options can excuse you from the full or partial College Placement Test (CPT).

If you are a student from a Massachusetts high school, you may be qualified for BHCC’s GPA Placement Project. Learn more

If you have previously attended another college/university, BHCC will evaluate successfully completed courses to see if you are exempt from testing. We will evaluate your course if it meets these requirements:

  • The course(s) must be completed in developmental reading, developmental or college-level English composition/writing, and/or developmental or college-level math.
  • The course must be completed with a grade of C or better
  • The college or university you attended must be regionally accredited

You will not take the reading and English portions of the test if you earned a grade of C or better in a college-level English composition/writing course.

If you earned college-level coursework in math outside the United States and you have had that work translated and equated in to US equivalencies on a course by course basis, you may not need to take the math test.

You may test to see if you can achieve a higher placement.

Unofficial transcripts from other colleges may be used to provide proof of successful   completion.  Coursework from BHCC can be accessed by you or BHCC staff in our student information system.

If you are an international student and you scored at least 500 on the TOEFL paper test or 173 on the computerized version or 70 on the internet-based TOEFL within the last 2 years, you will take the CPT instead of the LOEP.

If your first language is not English and you have not earned a high school diploma or GED in the United States, you may be required to take the English placement test (also known as the Levels of English Language Proficiency test, or LOEP).  The LOEP places students into an appropriate level in noncredit Basic English as a Second Language (BESL) courses or academic English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

  • If you scored over 500 on the SAT I Verbal within the last 2 years, you will not take the reading portion of the test.
  • If you scored over 600 on the SAT I Verbal within the last 2 years, you will not take the reading and English portions of the test.

There are currently no exemptions for SAT math scores. Unless you are exempt from the math portion for another reason, you must still take the math portion of the test.

Official score reports from College-Level Examination Program (CLEP):

  • If you scored 50 or higher on CLEP College Composition, you will not take the reading and English tests.
  • If you scored 50 or higher on the CLEP Pre-calculus or Calculus with Elementary Functions, you will not take the math test.

Official score reports from the College Board documenting AP test completion (completing and AP course is not sufficient):

  • If you scored a 3 in English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition, you will not take the reading and English tests and may register for ENG112.
  • If you scored a 4 in English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition, you will not take the reading and English tests and you may not need to register for an English composition course at BHCC.
  • If you scored a 5 in English Language & Composition  or English Literature & Composition, you will not take the reading and English tests and you will not need to register for an English composition course at BHCC.
  • If you scored a 3 or higher in Calculus AB or Calculus AB Subgrade, you will not take the math test and you may register for MAT282 (Calculus II) or MAT181 (Statistics) if an additional math course is required for your program.
  • If you scored a 3 or higher in Calculus BC, you will not take the math test and you may register for MAT283 (Calculus III) or MAT181 (Statistics) if an additional math course is required for your program.

Learn more about earning college credit for CLEP, AP and other Prior Learning

If you need to test, please use the preparation materials provided on our website to review beforehand. Preparation is very important because your test scores will determine the number of credits it will take to complete your degree or certificate.

You must be accepted to the College prior to testing.  If you have not applied to Bunker Hill Community College or you need to check the status of your application, visit our Apply Now page.

Students who need to test will take one of two tests:

The LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency):  If your first language is not English and you have not earned a high school diploma or GED in the United States, you will complete a writing assignment and take the Levels of English Proficiency Test (LOEP). The LOEP places students into an appropriate level of noncredit Basic English as a Second Language (BESL), Academic English as a Second Language (ESL) courses or College-level English coursework. Sample ESL Practice Questions to help prepare for the LOEP test.

The CPT (College Placement Test):  If your first language is English, you will take the CPT, a computerized assessment of math, reading and English skills. After completing a writing sample, some English as Second Language Learners may take the CPT. Learn how to prepare for the CPT.

A number of scheduled appointments are available daily (except for August and January). To make an appointment, log on to BHCC Admissions Self Service and choose an appointment from the Events tab.  On a first come, first served basis, you can walk in and test during posted testing hours.

  • Please bring a valid government issued photo ID (BHCC ID, passport, driver’s license, driver’s permit, state ID card, Resident Alien card, this year’s high school ID, Military ID required to test)
  • Testing usually takes between two and three hours. There is no time limit; you may return on another day to complete testing if needed.
  • Scrap paper and pencils are provided, but telephones, calculators and dictionaries are not permitted.
  • Please make alternative arrangements for childcare as children are not allowed in Testing Room and cannot be left unattended while testing.