Please be advised there will be no placement testing January 28 through March 5. The office will begin to test for summer and fall on March 6.
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 scored 500 or higher within the last 2 years on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT, 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.
- If you scored 22 or higher on the ACT English and Language Arts section within the last 2 years, you will not take the reading and English portions of the test.
- If you scored 500 or higher on the PSAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing section within the last 2 years, you will not take the reading and English portions 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.
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. Please bring your BHCC Student Id # with you to testing (this 7 digit number is included in your acceptance email). 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 valid photo ID is required for testing. Forms of ID that are accepted:
- University, College or School ID cards from other educational institutions
- Government-issued ID
- Company-Issued ID
- Native Tribal ID
- Temporary state ID
- Drivers Permit
- United States employment authorization card
- 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.