Assessment: College Placement Testing

The best way to perform well on this very important test is to prepare!  The higher your scores, the fewer courses you will need to take.

Students must be accepted to the College prior to testing. Some students may not have to take some or all parts of the test, please review Exemptions: Do I need to test?

The College Placement Test or CPT is a computerized assessment of math, reading and English skills.  This important test will determine your starting point at the College and which courses you are eligible to take.

Placement testing is available on a walk-in basis on Tuesday and Thursday and on the following Saturdays:  April 29; May 6 and 13; August 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Appointments can be made on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (a limited number of appointments are also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays).  To make an appointment log on to BHCC Admissions Self Service and choose an appointment from the Events tab.  On a space available basis, walk-in students may be able to test on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during posted testing hours.

  • A valid government issued photo ID (passport, driver’s license, MA state ID card, Resident Alien card) or a BHCC ID is required to test.
  • Testing usually takes between two and three hours. There is no time limit; students 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.