Placement Options

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Placement Options

Degree-seeking students are required to take placement assessments in math, writing, and reading or may be placed using a variety of other measures (see options listed below).  The assessment scores and or placement will assist your Success Coach and Faculty Advisor by providing a basis for your educational plan.

The placement assessment is a self-paced, computerized test designed to determine your level of ability and is used to assist in course placement. It is not a pass/fail exam.  Placement scores are valid for two years from the date the assessment was completed.  If you have taken the math, reading, or writing assessment at BMCC or another college more than two years ago and have not taken a math, reading, and/or writing course since that time, you will be required to take the placement assessments in that subject area.

Haven't taken a placement assessment before? Use the FREE Accuplacer Web-Based Study App for prep and sample questions!!

As of Monday, March 23, 2020 Accuplacer assessments are not available.  We hope to have a plan in place by Friday, April 3 to assist students planning to register for spring 2020.  You may also email us at

MATH: Progression Chart and ACCUPLACER Placement  (updated 6.20.19)

WRITING: Progression Chart and ACCUPLACER Placement (updated 1.24.19)

READINGProgression Chart and ACCUPLACER Placement (updated 1.24.19)

Other Placement Options:

Students are exempt from having to take the placement assessments if they meet one or more of the following circumstances:

  • Attended Another Regionally Accredited College: Completion of a reading, writing, and/or math courses with a “C” or better at another regionally accredited college. Be sure to submit a copy of your transcript (official or unofficial) to the Pendleton Testing Center;  
  • Placement Assessments Taken at Another College: Placement assessments (Accuplacer or Compass) within the last two (2) years.  If so, have a copy of your scores sent from their prior college to the Pendleton Testing Center.
  • AP or CLEP Test Scores: If you have taken an AP math or writing test within the last three (3) years, have your scores sent to BMCC/Admissions from the College Board.
  • Smarter Balanced Score:  You may be exempt from developmental education coursework in the academic year immediately following high school completion if you have earned an Achievement Level 3 or 4 on the Smarter Balanced grade 11 assessments in Mathematics and/or English and have successfully completed (grade C or better) relevant accelerated college credit options in Mathematics and/or English during your senior year.  See placement option details above.
  • Cumulative High School Grade Point Average (CGPA): If you graduated from high school with a standard high school diploma within the last five years and your cumulative high school GPA was at least a 3.0 GPA have a copy of your high school transcript sent to BMCC/Admissions.  Your transcript must include the date you completed your high school diploma.

All BMCC locations administer placement assessments. Dates and times for testing are posted on the college website here.

Placement fee: 

  • BMCC Students: No fee
  • Not attending BMCC:$25 for the math, writing, and reading.

 Retakes: $5 for each subject area.  Students may retest an additional two times per subject area.

Testing Accommodations: Students that need to request a placement assessment with accommodations due to a documented disability, should contact the Student Health and Wellness Center Coordinator at 541-278-5965.