The Assessment & Testing Center serves as the Berkshire County test administration site for:
- Accuplacer/BCC Learning Skills Assessment (LSA)
- High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- DANTES Standardized Subject Test
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 Assessment & Testing Center is located in the Koussevitzky Arts Center (K-213) on the Second Floor (off the small lobby that connects to the Field Administration Building).
Liz Recko Morrison, Coordinator
413-236-1655 or 413-236-1656
Berkshire Community College is committed to the principle that all students who enter the college should be prepared for college-level work. All students enrolled in a degree or certificate program, unless exempted, are required to complete the Accuplacer (or BCC Learning Skills Assessment — LSA). 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.
The Accuplacer consists of three sections: reading comprehension, a short essay, and mathematics. There are no failing or passing scores for the Accuplacer. The results are used to place students in the appropriate level courses.
The Accuplacer is administered by the Assessment & Testing Center.
Accuplacer Testing Schedule
Free Study App
Want to do your best on the Accuplacer? Access this FREE Study App. The Study App features practice tests in Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, and Reading Comprehension. Students can access the site from a computer, tablet, or Smartphone) and familiarize themselves with the basic content areas of Accuplacer tests. The Study App includes the following features:
- Sample Tests that help you experience the types of questions to be asked on test day
- "Learn As You Go" feature that provides immediate feedback after each question is submitted and includes an explanation for the correct response
- Save your work-in-progress, and resume practicing at a later time
- Review your score history to identify areas of strength and weakness
- 6 months of free access
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 Accuplacer. 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.
The Assessment & Testing Center also serves as the Berkshire County test administration site for the HiSET 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 HiSET examination. By successfully completing a battery of five sub-tests, candidates may earn a Massachusetts State High School Equivalency Diploma. Contact the Assessment & Testing Center (413-236-1655 or 413-236-1656) for information about taking the HiSET and the schedule of test dates.
Individuals aged 16 or older, who are not enrolled in high school and who have not earned a diploma, may register to take the HiSET examination. By successfully completing a battery of five sub-tests, candidates may earn a Massachusetts State High School Equivalency Diploma. Contact the Assesment & Testing Center for information about taking the HiSET and the schedule of test dates.
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 & Testing Center is able to test BCC students, as well as individuals who wish to obtain credit at other institutions.
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 & Testing Center and may be obtained either in person or by calling the Center. 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 Testing Schedule
Please see the current CLEP testing schedule.
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. 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 & Testing Center. Study guides can be obtained from the Testing Center as well.
DANTES Testing Schedule
DANTES examinations are given on the monthly CLEP testing date as well as by appointment. Please see the current CLEP testing schedule.