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The Assessment Center staff are not on campus. For assistance please send an email to testing@bhcc.edu or call 617-228-2377.

The Assessment Center offers placement and assessment testing for a variety of exams.

Placement Options at Bunker Hill

Students can be placed into English and/or math courses using high school GPA, as well as scores from SAT, ACT, GED/HiSET, TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo exams

High school transcripts and score reports should be sent to admissions@bhcc.edu

Students who have taken English and/or math courses at other colleges and universities may be exempt from testing. Please see the instructions on placement using prior course work.

Students who do not have a qualifying high school GPA, any of the test scores listed above, or prior course work should review the information on English Placement Options and Math Placement Options below.

Most new students should use the Guided Self Placement Surveys for English assessment. Please go to the Guided Self-Placement section and the Guided Self-Placement FAQ section.

Accuplacer testing is available for:

  • International applicants who need proof of English proficiency and who have not taken TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo
  • Students applying to selective health sciences programs
  • Students who have already taken an English or ELL course and who would like to skip one or more levels.

Students can be placed into Math courses using high school GPA, as well as scores from GED and HiSET exams.

Accuplacer testing is available for students who do not have a qualifying GPA or qualifying HiSET/GED scores.

Both on-campus and remote Accuplacer testing is available. In order to attend a remote test session, you must have a desktop or laptop computer with a camera. Check if your computer meets the requirements for the Accuplacer test.

Accuplacer Testing for Math

Accuplacer Testing for English

Make an appointment for your placement test

You must have a BHCC student ID number and intend to enroll in classes in order to complete 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.

Retesting Policy

Students currently enrolled in ELL, English, Reading, or Math courses may retest once at the end of the semester after grades have been posted. New students (and students who have never taken a course in the subject area) may test a maximum of 3 times.

English, reading and math placement scores are valid for two years.

Students must wait at least 14 days between retests. During this time, students are encouraged to do some review while they wait to retest.

Accuplacer Scores from Other Schools

  • If you have taken Accuplacer scores at another institution, you can submit them to BHCC for review. If your scores are less than two years old, and if you took the same Accuplacer sections that we require, we can transfer your scores.
  • Obtain a copy of your score report from any institution.
  • You can email your scores directly to testing@bhcc.edu, or email us a copy of your score report for us to verify.
  • Please send us an email to notify us that your scores have been sent, and include your BHCC ID number in the email.
English & ELL PlacementMath PlacementInstructions
Score of 22+ within the past two years: Placement into ENG 111 N/A Send score reports or transcripts to assessment@bhcc.edu.
English & ELL PlacementMath PlacementInstructions

Students with AP scores of 3 or above on the English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition are exempt from the English placement test.

See the Prior Learning Assessment page for information on credits awarded for AP exams.

Students with AP scores of 3 or higher on the Calculus AB, Calculus AB Subgrade, or Calculus BC are exempt from the math placement test.

See the Prior Learning Assessment page for information on credits awarded for AP exams.

For complete information visit the Prior Learning Assessment page.

English & ELL PlacementMath PlacementInstructions

Students with CLEP scores of 50 or above on CLEP College Composition are exempt from the English placement test.

See the Prior Learning Assessment page for information on credits awarded for CLEP exams.

Students with CLEP scores of 50 or above on CLEP Precalculus or Calculus with Elementary Functions are exempt from the math placement test.

See the Prior Learning Assessment page for information on credits awarded for CLEP exams.

For complete information visit the Prior Learning Assessment page.

PlacementEnglish & ELL PlacementMath Placement
HiSET Math and English Scores

Scores must be from 2018 or later.

HiSET Reading Score 8-14: Placement into ENG 095/111

HiSET Reading Score 15-20: Placement into ENG 111

HiSET Math Score 15-20: Placement into MAT100, 171, 172, 174, 181, and 194
GED Math and English Scores

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts Score 145-164: Placement into ENG 095/111

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts Score 165-200: Placement into ENG 111

GED Math Score 165-200 (College and Career Ready): Placement into MAT100, 171, 172, 174, 181, and 194

 Send score reports or transcripts to admissions@bhcc.edu

English & ELL PlacementMath PlacementInstructions
2.7 GPA: With a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher, from within the past ten years and from an English-speaking country, a student is eligible to enroll in ENG 111-College Writing I.

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.
Math Placement: 2.7 GPA: With a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher, from within the past three years, from either a U.S. or foreign high school, a student is eligible to enroll in Finite Math (MAT-171), Contemporary Math I (MATH-172), Quantitative Reasoning (MAT-174), Statistics (MAT-181), or College Algebra for STEM (MAT-194) courses based on the program of study. Students should send official transcripts to admissions@bhcc.edu
Dual Enrollment: send transcripts to dualenroll@bhcc.edu.
For complete information visit Placement by High School GPA

Guided Self-Placement Surveys are an alternative to traditional placement tests. They are a series of questions designed by faculty to help you choose the best English course for you.

Use the questions below to help you decide which type of class may be best for you, English classes or English language learner (ELL) classes

Is English the only language you speak?

Note: Students who need to take a College Placement Test for admission into a selective health sciences program such as Nursing should not take the Guided Self-Placement survey.

Students currently enrolled in BELL, Adult Education ELL or Intensive English should consult with their instructor or an advisor before taking the Guided Self Placement.

Please see the information for taking the College Placement Test.

Teachers, counselors, and others who would like to view the surveys can view them in PDF form.
ELL Survey
ENG Survey

What is Guided Self Placement?

Guided Self Placement is a survey designed to help you determine which introductory English or English Language Learner (ELL) course to enroll. The survey asks you a series of questions to help you reflect upon your academic reading and writing experience and identify your best course placement.

How do I complete Guided Self Placement?

You can access the Guided Self Placement survey by coming to the Assessment Center. Click on the Guided Self Placement option.

Who qualifies to take the Guided Self Placement survey?

New students who have never taken classes at Bunker Hill may take the Guided Self Placement survey.

Bunker Hill students who have not yet enrolled or completed an English, ELL, or BELL course may take the Guided Self Placement survey.

Who does not qualify to take the Guided Self Placement survey?

If you are applying to a selective health program, you do not qualify to take the Guided Self Placement survey.

If you are a current BHCC student who has already completed an English, ELL, or BELL course, you do not qualify to take the Guided Self Placement survey. 

Do I need to complete the Guided Self Placement survey, if I have transfer credit?

If you have transfer credit, please submit a copy of your official transcript to admissions@bhcc.edu. You may also contact Transfer Services at transferservices@bhcc.edu to ask about the status of your transfer credit.

Do I still qualify to take the Guided Self Placement survey if I already completed the Accuplacer English and reading tests?

New students who have already completed the Accuplacer tests qualify to take the Guided Self Placement survey. Currently enrolled BHCC students, who have already completed an English or ELL course, do not qualify for Guided Self Placement.

Can I take the Guided Self Placement survey more than once?

If you qualify for Guided Self Placement, you may take the survey up to three times, prior to the end of the ADD/DROP period of the upcoming semester.

If I take the Guided Self Placement survey more than once, which course placement will I be permitted to use when I register?

You can use your most recent Guided Self Placement course placement for registration.

What if I am dissatisfied with the course I selected through Guided Self Placement

On the first day of class, your instructor will assess if you are in the appropriate course. If your course placement is wrong, your instructor will help you to transition into the appropriate course level.

Why should I complete the Guided Self Placement?

Taking the Guided Self Placement survey will help you make an informed decision about which English or ELL course to take.

Whom can I contact if I have questions about the Guided Self Placement survey or my course placement?

You may contact the Assessment Center by sending an email to testing@bhcc.edu. You can also chat in real time with a member of the Assessment Center staff by going to BHCCAssessmentChat.

Whom should I contact if I need help registering for classes?

  • New degree seeking students contact Advising and LifeMap at advising@bhcc.edu.
  • Current BHCC students should log into their BHCCSelfService account to find out the name of their assigned advisor or academic department.
  • Guest (non-degree seeking students) should contact Student Central at studentcentral@bhcc.edu.
  • Students interested in registering for basic English courses should contact Sonia Sharma at Commed@bhcc.edu or call 617-228-2462.
  • To chat with an advisor in real time, log into your BHCCSelfService account.

SAT English Scores
SAT: 500+ from within the past two years, placement into ENG 111
Send score reports or transcripts to admissions@bhcc.edu.

PSAT English Scores
Dual Enrollment Students Only: PSAT: 500+ from within the past two years, placement into ENG 111
Send score reports or transcripts to dualenroll@bhcc.edu.

Students are eligible for placement into ENG-111 (College Writing I) with any of the scores below. Scores must be less than 2 years old.

  • TOEFL iBT—Score 88-120
  • IELTS—Score 6.5 or above
  • Duolingo—Score 110-160

Qualifying score reports should be emailed to international@bhcc.edu.