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English Language Proficiency Test

English Language Proficiency Test

  • Bergen Community College administers the Accuplacer ESL examination to determine a student’s proficiency in reading, writing, and listening skills and may place students in the American Language Program (ALP) also referred to as the ESL program.
  • International students or students whom English is not their native language may be required to take the Accuplacer ESL examination.
  • Students placed into the ALP/ESL program are required to complete this program before registering for courses in their chosen curricula.
  • Students who complete the ALP/ESL program or who have tested out of the program through the Accuplacer ESL examination are then required to take the mathematics portion of the Accuplacer examination.
  • 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 ESL 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 the Accuplacer ESL Examination?

  • International students.
  • Non-native English speakers who have who have resided in the United States for less than eight (8) and have not received formal English training.
  • Non-native English speakers who have completed fewer than three (3) years in an American High School. 
  • Non-native English speakers who passed the General Educational Development Examination (GED) in a language other than English.

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 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 scores a 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.  If you are uploading 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.

If you have taken the Accuplacer ESL examination and have a placement in ALP/ESL please review the information below about your placement(s).

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 information provided by the Academic Advising office:

For questions or further information, please contact The Office of Testing Services at (201) 447-7203, email us at, or visit us in the Paramus Campus, Pitkin Education Center, room S127.