Basic Skills Placement Test

Basic Skills Placement Test

  • Bergen Community College administers the Accuplacer examination to determine a student’s levels in English, mathematics, and elementary algebra.  The Accuplacer examination is a computer delivered exam with four untimed multiple choice sections comprised of Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and a timed written essay.
  • The results of this test determine a student’s required entry level courses in both English and mathematics.
  • You are strongly urged to study for the placement test. Please review for the placement examination using the Accuplacer study guides web page.
  • There is no fee for this examination.
  • Under specific conditions, a student may have the placement test requirement waived.  Please check below to determine if you can be waived from the Accuplacer examination.
  • The Accuplacer examination is administered on a walk-in basis in the Pitkin Education Center, Paramus Campus in room S127.  Please pick a current test date from the calendar and come prepared to take the exam with a pen, a Government issued picture I.D., and know your Social Security number.  No test will be administered without proper identification.

Who Must Take a Basic Skills Placement Test?

  • All full-time and part-time students in a degree or certificate program are required to test before registering for all courses.
  • All full-time and part-time non-degree seeking students who wish to enroll in English or mathematics courses.
  • All full-time and part-time non-degree seeking students who have accumulated eleven (11) attempted credits (based on completed courses earning one of the following grades: A, B, C, D, R, E, W, AU, Q, N, or INC).

What conditions can waive the placement test requirement?

  • I have a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • I have already completed college-level English and/or a college-level mathematics course in the U.S.
  • I have taken the Accuplacer or Companion test at another institution.
  • I have taken the SAT examination within the past 5 years. A score of 530 or above on the Math SAT will waive you from the Math portion of the Basic Skills Test. A score of 540 or above on the Critical Reading SAT will waive the English portion of the Basic Skills Test.
  • I have taken the ACT examination within the last 5 years.  A score of 23 or above on the Math ACT will waive you from the math portion of the Basic Skills Test.  We do not accept the English ACT scores.
  • I have taken the AP examination in English or mathematics and have a score of 3 or higher.
  • My college/university degree is from a country other than the U.S. Please note: A degree from a country other than the U.S. must be evaluated through an approved evaluation service found on the following website under current members:, and you may be required to take the English Language Proficiency Test.
  • I have taken the TOEFL examination within the past 2 years.
  • I have taken the IELTS exam (academic version) within the past 2 years, and have a score of 6.5 or higher. 

If any of the above conditions apply, please complete the waiver form online.  To complete this form you are required to set-up your Portal account and use the username and password for Portal.  You are required to upload documents to the waiver form.  Please be advised that you will not see the documents in the final PDF file.  However, we will be able to access your attachments.  Please allow a minimum of 1-2 business days for waiver processing.  

How to Read Placement Test Results

The required courses resulting from the test scores are listed at the end of the Accuplacer score report, which the student receives at the completion of the test. 

If you have taken the Accuplacer examination and have a placement in remedial English or mathematics please click the placement below for specific information about your placement(s).

The MAT 040/048 placement is major driven, for information about which degree programs require which placement please review these documents:

It is strongly recommended to sit with an academic advisor before registering for classes. Academic Advising is located in room A118, Center for Student Success. Please review the following document prepared by Academic Advising: New Student Academic Advising Handout