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Reading, Writing and Math Placement by High School GPA

If you graduated from high school, you may be able to take advantage of the State of Massachusetts Common Assessment Policy. This policy exempts students from taking the College Placement Test (CPT) and places students into the appropriate Math and/or English course based on their cumulative high school grade point average. * (see below)

To qualify for GPA placement, students must:

  1. Have graduated from a U.S. or a foreign high school within the past 3 years at the time of application to Bunker Hill Community College in order to use the High School GPA for the Math Placement.
    • With a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher, a student is eligible to enroll in Finite Math (MAT 171), Contemporary Math I (MATH 172), Quantitative Reasoning (MAT 174), Statistics (MAT 181), or MAT 099 with MAT 194 (Intermediate Algebra with College Algebra for STEM).
  2. Have graduated from a high school within the United States within the past 10 years at the time of application to Bunker Hill Community College in order to use the High School GPA for the English Placement.
    • With a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher, a student is eligible to enroll in College Writing I.
  3. If a high school graduate: Have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.7 or higher.
    • Students who have graduated from high schools outside the U.S., but in an English speaking country, should send an email to testing@bhcc.edu for assistance.

International High School Transcripts

  1. Students who have graduated from high schools outside of the U.S. have the option of placement with high school GPA. Transcripts must be evaluated by SpanTran. If the SpanTran evaluation states that you have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma with a GPA of 2.7 or above, from within the past three years, this can be used to place you into college-level math courses (MAT 171-Finite Math, MAT-172 Contemporary Math I, MAT-174 Quantitative Reasoning, MAT-181 Statistics, or Intermediate Algebra MAT-099 with MAT-194 College Algebra for STEM). If you graduated from a country that is exempt from the English proficiency requirement, the GPA can also be used for English placement.

    Access the SpanTran evaluation. You must choose the “Course Analysis” option. Fees for SpanTran vary depending on documents submitted; see the application for details.

    Please note: you are not required to use the SpanTran option. Instead, you are welcome to take a free math placement test at BHCC.

  2. Students who need to submit proof of English proficiency for Admissions must submit a TOEFL, IELTS, DUOLINGO, or other test score. Students who do not already have a test score can take the Accuplacer English test at BHCC.

  3.  After being admitted to BHCC, students can use the Guided Self-Placement Survey for final English placement.

To view a full list of English placement options, please go to bhcc.edu/assessment. If you have questions, please send an email to testing@bhcc.edu

To be considered for GPA placement, students will need to submit the following when applying to BHCC, or when registering for courses:

  1. Submit a copy of their official high school transcript that shows the cumulative GPA, or a copy of any other official, signed document from your High School, as proof of the cumulative GPA for evaluation. The deadline to submit documents for the GPA placement is the schedule adjustment deadline (add/drop) for the current semester. 
  • Students can submit document(s) electronically to admissions@bhcc.edu or in person to the Admissions Office in the Lobby of the B-Building. Once the transcript or proof of GPA document is reviewed, the Admissions staff will contact the student to notify them of next steps.

If you would like to submit your admissions application go to Apply Now

If you have questions about the GPA placement, please email the Admissions Office at admissions@bhcc.edu.

* Although you are not required to take the College Placement Test (CPT), you have the option to take the Math placement test for possible higher placement in Math.

Guest Students

Submit a copy of the official high school transcript that shows the cumulative GPA, or a copy of any other official, signed document as proof of cumulative GPA for evaluation to Student Central. The deadline to submit documents for the GPA placement is the schedule adjustment deadline (add/drop) for the current semester. Students can submit document(s) electronically to studentcentral@bhcc.edu  or in person to the Student Central Desk in the Lobby of the B-Building.

  • Proof of High School GPA must be presented at or before the time of registration.

Qualifying outside the Massachusetts State Policy by BHCC

  • High School Seniors applying to Bunker Hill Community College
    • Will be allowed to submit their current cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher during their senior year when applying to the college for exemption from the College Placement Test (CPT).
    • An Official and Final Transcript will need to be submitted after graduation from high school.
  • Dual Enrollment Students
    • High school students who have completed the 11th grade are allowed to use their current cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher to qualify for exemption from the College Placement Test (CPT).