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The BHCC Assessment Center provides high-quality assessment services to the Bunker Hill community and the Boston area. Our goal is to provide every visitor with a positive experience that supports their educational or professional goals. We subscribe to the standards set by the National College Testing Association, to maintain the integrity of the testing process.

Placement Options at Bunker Hill

New students can be placed into English and math courses using any of the following:

All incoming students who do not meet the above criteria should take the Guided Self Placement (GSP) for initial placement in English or ELL coursework.* Previously enrolled students who have been away from the college and not taken courses at Bunker Hill for 6 months or longer are also eligible to take the Guided Self Placement Survey.

For math, students can take a math placement test.

If you previously took and passed English and math classes at BHCC, you do not need to retake the placement test. We recommend you schedule a meeting with an Advisor to help plan your courses: https://www.bhcc.edu/studentlife/advisinglifemap/.

  • For placement testing exemptions, unofficial transcripts can be submitted to Transfer Services at transferservices@bhcc.edu.
  • For the transfer of credit, official college transcripts must be submitted to Academic Records.

Guest students can use any of the placement options available to BHCC students. Please check our policies on prior course work, SAT, ACT, GED, HiSET, TOEFL, and ALEKS to see if you meet the score requirements. If not, you can complete the math and English assessments at BHCC.

Watch a video about the Guided Self-Placement Survey for English Classes

* If you are planning to apply to a health science program you may also need to take an additional assessment for admission requirements:

Guided Self-Placement for English

All incoming students should take the Guided Self Placement (GSP) Survey for initial placement in English or ELL coursework.

  • Previously enrolled students who have been away from the college and not taken courses at Bunker Hill for 6 months or longer are also eligible to take the Guided Self Placement Survey.
  • Admitted international students may take the Guided Self Placement Survey.

Retake Policy for the Guided Self-Placement Survey
Students may take the Survey a maximum of three times. Your most recent choice is considered to be your official course placement. After six months, if you have not yet enrolled in an English class, you may restart the process.

Students who have taken an English or ELL course within the past six months and believe they have the skills necessary to succeed in a higher level, should make a request for a course acceleration to their current instructor.

Accuplacer Testing for English

Accuplacer English testing is only for international students who need proof of English proficiency and do not have a TOEFL, Duolingo, IELTS, or other scores. Students applying to some health sciences certificate programs may also need to take the Accuplacer.

Make an appointment for the Accuplacer English test

View a chart with scores required for different English classes.

Study material is available at https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer/practice

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.

Accuplacer Retest Policy: Students who have already taken an English or ELL course and believe they have the skills necessary to succeed at a higher level, should make a request for a course acceleration to their current instructor.

Students may test a maximum of 2 times and must wait 10 days between retests. A shorter wait is permitted 1-3 weeks prior to the start of a semester. Check with the Assessment Center for current dates.

Accuplacer results are valid for 2 years.

Accuplacer Scores from Other Schools

You can share an official copy of your score report with BHCC through the Accuplacer Student Portal. Use these instructions to share your scores.

If you are unable to use the portal, please contact the school where you tested and ask them to send a copy of your score report to testing@bhcc.edu.

If you need assistance please contact us: testing@bhcc.edu or 617-228-2377.

Not all students have to take a math placement test. Students can be placed into math courses using their high school GPA, as well as scores from SATACT, GED, HiSET, and ALEKS tests. If you do not have scores from any of those, you can use one of the options below

Applicants to the Nursing Program

Applicants to the Nursing program may take either the Accuplacer Math Test or the GSP Math Test.

This math score is for admissions purposes only. If admitted to the Nursing program, students will still need to take a math course after being admitted.

Option #1: Guided Self-Placement Math Test

This test is recommended for the majors listed below, which do not require math courses above College Algebra (MAT-194). This is an online test you can do from home, on any device. You do not need an appointment.

The Guided Self-Placement Math Test is recommended for students in these majors (click to open):+

  • Accounting Information Certificate Program
  • Accounting Option
  • Administrative Support Specialist
  • Android Mobile App Certificate
  • Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Cardiac Sonography
  • Central Processing
  • Cisco Systems CCNA
  • Communication Concentration
  • Computed Tomography
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Criminal Justice Career
  • Criminal Justice Transfer
  • Culinary Arts Certificate
  • Cybersecurity Option
  • Data Analytics Certificate
  • Data Management (Fast-Track) Certificate
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Education Concentration
  • Electric Power Utility Program (EPUT)
  • Energy and Sustainability Management
  • English Concentration
  • English: Creative Writing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Option
  • Excel Applications Support Specialist
  • Finance Option
  • Fire Protection and Safety
  • Gaming/Computer Artist
  • Gaming/Computer Programming
  • General Sonography*
  • Global Languages
  • Health Information Networking
  • Health Information Technology
  • History Concentration
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management Certificate
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management Option
  • Human Services Program
  • Integrated Media Design Option
  • Liberal Arts**
  • Magnetic Resonance (MR)
  • Mammography
  • Management of Assisted Living and Institutional Facilities
  • Management Option
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Information Management Assistant
  • Medical Information Management
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Radiography
  • Meeting and Event Planning
  • Microsoft Applications Support Specialist
  • Mobile App Starter
  • Music Concentration
  • Network Technology and Administration
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Paramedic Studies
  • Pastry Arts
  • Patient Care Technician
  • PC Hardware Support Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Political Science
  • Professional Human Services Work
  • Psychology
  • Registered Nursing**
  • Sociology
  • Sport Management
  • Studio Arts
  • Surgical Technology
  • Theatre Concentration
  • Visual Design Option
  • Web Development

**Liberal Arts majors who plan to apply to the Registered Nursing program may take either the Guided Self-Placement Math Test or the Accuplacer Math Test.

*General Sonography: Students take either Physics 201 or Imaging Technology I the summer before beginning the General Sonography program. Physics 201 requires Pre-Calculus. Students planning to take Physics 201 should take Accuplacer instead of the GSP Math Test. See below for Accuplacer information.

Access the test and the instructions

Option 2: The Accuplacer Math Test

This is a proctored exam you can take from home using Examity, or on campus in the Assessment Center. It is recommended for majors that require College Algebra (MAT-194) or above.

See a scoring chart for the Accuplacer test.

ACCUPLACER is the recommended placement test for the majors below (click to open):+

  • Biological Sciences—Biotechnology Option
  • Biological Sciences—Medical Professions Option
  • Biology Transfer Option
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Transfer
  • Chemistry Concentration
  • Computer Science Concentration
  • Data Analytics Option
  • Electrical Engineering Transfer Option
  • Engineering Transfer Option
  • Environmental Science
  • Information Technology Transfer Option
  • Mathematics Concentration
  • Object Oriented Computer Programming and Design (Certificate)
  • Physics Concentration

Take the Accuplacer Test

If you have taken the math Accuplacer test at another school, you can send us the results through the Student Portal: https://studentportal.accuplacer.org/#/studentisr

Study Materials

Study materials are available here: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer/practice. Students can use these materials to study for either the Accuplacer or the Guided Self-Placement Math Test.

Retest Policy for Math Exams

  • Students may test a maximum of two times on either test (Accuplacer or the Guided Self-Placement Math Test).
  • A 10-day wait period is required between attempts .A shorter wait is permitted 1-3 weeks prior to the start of a semester. Check with the Assessment Center for current dates.
  • After add-drop has ended students enrolled in a math course may not retest until the end of the semester, after grades have posted.
  • Math placement scores are valid for two years.
  • After two years, a student may test again if they have not yet taken a math course.
English & ELL PlacementMath PlacementInstructions
Score of 22+ within the past ten years: Placement into ENG 111

Score of 22+ from within the past three years: MAT 099, MAT 171, MAT 172, MAT 174, MAT 181, MAT 099-194 cluster*

(Students may not register for stand-alone MAT194 classes)

Send score reports or transcripts to testing@bhcc.edu.
  • BHCC accepts ALEKS scores from other colleges for math placement.
  • Scores must be less than 2 years old.
  • Send ALEKS score reports to testing@bhcc.edu.

Cut Score (%)

Range (%)

Course Placement

< 14%

0-13

MAT093

≥ 14%

14-29

MAT097 , MAT098

≥ 30%

30-45

MAT099, MAT171, MAT172, MAT174, MAT181

≥ 46%

46-60

MAT194

≥ 61%

61-75

MAT197, MAT231

≥ 76%

76-100

MAT281

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.

HiSET and GED English scores must be from 2018 or later.

Math scores must be less than 3 years old.

PlacementEnglish & ELL PlacementMath Placement
HiSET Math and English Scores

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 MAT 099, 100, 171, 172, 174, 181, and 99/194 cluster

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 MAT 099, 100, 171, 172, 174, 181, and 99/194 cluster

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 of the U.S. must have their transcripts 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, 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 math placement test at BHCC, and to take the Guided Self-Placement for English courses, both of which are free of charge.

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 the MAT 099/194* cluster (College Algebra for STEM with Intermediate Algebra) courses based on the program of study. *Please note: students with this placement may not enroll in standalone MAT-194 courses. Students should send transcripts to admissions@bhcc.edu
Dual Enrollment: send transcripts to dualenroll@bhcc.edu.
For complete information and to learn more about placement by international high school transcript visit Placement by High School GPA

 

Guided Self-Placement Surveys ask a series of questions to help you choose the best English course for you.

Take the Guided Self-Placement Survey

Watch a short video about Guided Self-Placement (GSP)

Note: You do NOT need to complete this survey if you are already eligible to be placed using:

Guided Self Placement (GSP) is a process designed to help you make an informed choice about your placement into introductory English or English Language Learner (ELL) courses. Below are questions and answers to help you understand Guided Self Placement (GSP) at Bunker Hill.

What is Guided Self Placement?

How do I complete the Guided Self Placement?

How long will it take me to complete the Guided Self Placement survey?

  • The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.

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 in an English, ELL, or BELL course may take the Guided Self Placement survey.
  • Previously enrolled students who have been away from the college and not taken courses at Bunker Hill for 6 months or longer are also eligible to take the Guided Self Placement Survey.
  • Admitted international students may take the Guided Self Placement survey.

*If you are planning to apply to a health science program you may also need to take an additional assessment for admission requirements:

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

  • If you are a currently enrolled BHCC student who has already completed an English, ELL, or BESL course, you do not qualify to take the Guided Self Placement survey (unless you have been away from the college for 6 months or more).
  • Students who have already taken an English or ELL course and believe they have the skills necessary to succeed in a higher level should make a request for a course acceleration to their current instructor.

I want to eventually apply to the Nursing, Sonography, or Surgical Technology program. Can I do the GSP?

  • Yes. In order to start your pre-requisite English classes, you can use the GSP.

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

  • If you have transfer credit for an English course, you do not need to complete the Guided Self-Placement Survey. Unofficial transcripts can be submitted to Transfer Services for placement testing exemptions. Email unofficial transcripts to transferservices@bhcc.edu. Official college transcripts should be submitted to Academic Records.

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, unless they have been absent from the college for 6 months or more.
  • Previously enrolled students who have been away from the college and not taken courses at Bunker Hill for 6 months or longer are eligible to take the Guided Self Placement Survey.

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.
  • After six months, if you have not yet enrolled in an English class, you may restart the process.

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

  • Prior to the end of the schedule adjustment (add/drop) period, your instructor will assess if you are in the appropriate course. If your course placement is wrong, your instructor will help you to transition to 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 ten 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.

SAT Math Scores
Score of 540+ from within the past three years: MAT099, MAT 171, MAT 172, MAT 174, MAT 181, MAT099-194 cluster. (Students may not register for stand-alone MAT194 classes). Please note: PSAT math scores are not accepted for placement.

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

International applicants should send qualifying score reports to international@bhcc.edu.

Domestic applicants should send qualifying score reports to testing@bhcc.edu.