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Proficiency Tests

         Proficiency tests are offered as a means of placement for a variety of college courses.  Successful scores on these exams allow students to register for higher level courses within the same discipline sequence.  However, a successful proficiency test carries no course credit.  A proficiency test earns a waiver of the course upon passing.  Registration forms can be obtained from the Office of Testing Services in room S-127.

  • You must register and schedule your exam in person prior to the test date.
  • There is a $30 non-refundable fee for each proficiency exam.
  • Proficiency tests are offered in the following subjects: Intermediate Algebra (MAT 160), Pre-Calculus (MAT 180), and Chemistry (CHM 100).
  • If you have previously registered for the course and received a grade of A, B, C, D, N, Inc., M, W, E, R, F, or Q (Audit), you are not eligible to take the proficiency test.
  • You must meet all prerequisites for any course for which you wish to take a proficiency test.
  • You may NOT retake a proficiency test for any course.
  • Since you can attempt a proficiency test only one time, you are strongly encouraged to study for the proficiency test.  Review materials can be found at the bottom of the page.  Also, textbooks are available for use in the BCC library.
  • You are not permitted to use a calculator for either math proficiency test.  You will receive 60 minutes to complete the MAT 160 and 120 minutes to complete the MAT 180 proficiency.
  • You are allowed 120 minutes for the CHM 100 test and the use a non-graphing, non-programmable calculator.  Be sure to bring your own calculator.
  • Please bring your completed application, a picture ID, and #2 pencils on the day of the exam. 

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PROFICIENCY TESTS ARE DONE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. 

Please visit the Office of Testing Services, located in the Pitkin Education Center, room S127 after you have studied and are ready to schedule an appointment.

Please note: The Office of Testing Services will not schedule any proficiency tests during midterms and finals.