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Assessment & Testing

General Equivalency

(College Level
Examination Program)

Learning Skills



Students may earn college credit for knowledge gained through life or work experience, or independent study, by taking the CLEP or DANTES examinations that are offered in more than 50 different subject areas. As an open testing site for these programs, the Assessment and Testing Center is able to test BCC students, as well as individuals who wish to obtain credit at other institutions.

The center also proctors exams for individuals who are enrolled in online learning courses, and offers a service by which faculty members can arrange for make-up testing sessions for their students.

The TOEFL Test is also administered on several Saturdays during the year.  

Assessment and Testing Center

Koussevitzky Arts Center (K-213)
Second Floor
(off the small lobby that connects to the Field Administration Building)

(413) 236-1655/1656
Liz Recko Morrison, coordinator

CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

The CLEP program allows individuals to earn college credit by examination in 35 different subjects. By passing these standardized examinations, students can validate knowledge gained through independent study, employment, or life experience. The CLEP exams are given monthly on the main campus in Pittsfield at the Assessment and Testing Center. The cost for the CLEP exam is $100.00.   This amount is payable in two parts; $80.00 is payable to CLEP and $20.00 is payable to BCC. The $80.00 fee can be made by check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) on the date of the exam. The fee to the college can be paid in cash, by check, or by money order. In certain instances, there may be an additional $10.00 fee charged to those students taking the following exams: American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, and English Literature. Please contact the Assessment and Testing Center for details.

BCC is an CLEP Open Testing Center. This means that students who attend other institutions may take the CLEP exams here and have the results sent to their schools.

Registration packets are available from the Assessment and Testing Center and may be obtained either in person or by calling (413) 236-1655. Applications must be received at least one week prior to the exam date. Students are urged to speak with their advisors prior to registering for the CLEP to ensure that the examination will meet the requirements of their programs.

The CLEP is now offered via computer, with students receiving their copy of the score report immediately after testing except for the English Composition with Essay examination.

CLEP exams are available in the following areas:

General Examinations

  • English Composition
  • English Composition with Essay
  • Mathematics, College
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences and History

Subject Examinations

  • Accounting, Principles of
  • Algebra, College
  • Algebra-Trigonometry, College
  • American Government
  • American Literature
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
  • Biology, General
  • Business Law, Introductory
  • Composition, Freshmen College
  • Educational Psychology, Introduction to
  • English Literature
  • French Language, College Level
  • German Language, College Level
  • History of the United States I (Early Colonizations to 1877)
  • History of the United States II (1865 to the Present)
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Information Systems and Computer Applications
  • Macroeconomics, Principle of
  • Management, Principles of
  • Marketing, Principles of
  • Microeconomics, Principles of
  • Psychology, Introductory
  • Sociology, Introductory
  • Spanish Language, College Level
  • Trigonometry
  • Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
  • Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present


DANTES is another credit by examination program for which BCC is an open test site. Originally designed for members of the military, the program is now open to a variety of public sector employees. DANTES examinations are given on the monthly CLEP testing date as well as by appointment. The fee for each DANTES examination is $80.00; $70.00 of this fee is payable to DANTES via money order or credit card, while the $10.00 fee is payable to BCC in cash, check, or money order. There is generally a two-week period from the date on which a DANTES examination is ordered until it is received at BCC for administration. Students are urged to speak with their advisors regarding whether credit earned via DANTES examinations is acceptable within their program of study. Those wishing to register for DANTES examinations should contact the Assessment and Testing Center at (413)236-1655. Study Guides can be obtained from the Testing Center as well.

DANTES examinations are offered in the following subjects:

  • Fundamentals of College Algebra
  • Principles of Statistics
  • Principles of Finance
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Business Mathematics
  • Introduction to Business
  • Money and Banking
  • Personal Finance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Business Law II
  • Principles of Supervision
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Technical Writing
  • Principles of Public Speaking
  • Astronomy
  • Principles of Physical Science I
  • Environment and Humanity: The Race to
  • Save the Planet
  • Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • Fundamentals of Counseling
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Foundations of Education
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • General Anthropology
  • Human/Cultural Geography
  • Art of the Western World
  • A History of the Vietnam War
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
  • Contemporary Western Europe: 1946-1990
  • An Introduction to the Modern Middle East
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Physical Geology
  • Ethics in America
  • Here's to Your Health

GED--High School Equivalency Diploma

The Assessment and Testing Center also serves as the Berkshire County test administration site for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program. Individuals aged 16 or older, who are not enrolled in high school and who have not earned a diploma, may register to take the GED examination. By successfully completing a battery of five sub-tests, candidates may earn a Massachusetts State High School Equivalency Diploma. Contact the Testing and Assessment Center (ext. 1655, 1656) for information about taking the GED and the schedule of test dates.

Learning Skills Assessment (LSA)

BCC is committed to the principle that all students who enter the college should be prepared for
college-level work. All students, unless exempted, are required to complete the BCC Learning Skills Assessment in writing, reading and mathematics. Based on the results of this assessment, which is administered by the Assessment and Testing Center, students are placed in the appropriate courses. Please see these links to schedules and sample questions. Students are strongly encouraged to review the sample questions prior to taking the assessment.

The LSA consists of three sections: reading comprehension, a short essay, and mathematics. There are no failing or passing scores for the LSA. The results are used to place students in the appropriate level courses.

Taking the LSA

Unless exempt, all students enrolled in a degree or certificate program, whether full time or part time, must take the LSA prior to advisement and registration. The assessment may also be required for non-degree students to demonstrate that they meet a particular course prerequisite. Students who have completed prior college coursework should see the exemption information below.


Students who have completed previous college-level coursework in English and/or mathematics with a grade of "C" or better may be exempt from all or part of the LSA. Exemption decisions are made by the appropriate Admissions Office staff after reviewing an applicant's admissions file. To obtain an exemption, you must provide evidence of your previous coursework, such as a transcript.