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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

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 placement, students can take the Accuplacer math test.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Also see ALEKS 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

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

ENGLISH: 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.

New international applicants and applicants to health sciences certificate programs who need to take the Accuplacer English test may test a maximum of 3 times, and must wait 14 days between retests.

Placement results are valid for 3 years.

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.
  • 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.

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 ask a series of questions to help you choose the best English course for you

Take the Guided Self-Placement Survey

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?

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

How do I complete 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 completed 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 or Sonography 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, please submit a copy of your official transcript to the 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, 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.

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 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

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

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