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Office of Testing Services, Pitkin Education Center, Paramus Campus, Room S127

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 including 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.
  • There is no fee for this examination.
  • Under specific conditions, a student may have the placement test requirement waived. Please check the waiver request form 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 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).

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 the waiver request form to determine if you can be waived from the Accuplacer ESL examination or the mathematics portion of 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 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

For questions or further information, please call (201) 447-7202, visit our webpage, or email the Testing Office.