We believe that all students who enter Berkshire Community College should feel prepared
to take on the exciting yet challenging demands of college-level work. To help you
in your preparation, we offer a range of valuable assessments and tools that will
allow you determine your current skill level and whether any gaps in your learning
need to be addressed.
In addition, our free study app—featuring practice tests in math and reading comprehension—gives you the freedom
to study at the times and places easiest for you, with a few simple screen clicks.
Get in Touch
The Accuplacer and all other tests are administered by the Assessment and Testing
Center. View our testing schedules, or get in touch with Liz Recko Morrison, Coordinator,
for any other exam schedules or questions.
Learning Skills Assessment
To evaluate readiness, we require all students enrolled in a degree or certificate
program to complete the Accuplacer. The Accuplacer is administered by the Assessment
and Testing Center and must be completed prior to advisement and registration. The
Accuplacer may also be required for non-degree students to demonstrate that they meet
a particular course prerequisite. If you have completed prior college coursework,
you may be exempt from the Accuplacer; scroll down for more information.
The Accuplacer consists of three sections:
- Reading comprehension
- Short essay
Exemptions from the Accuplacer
If you have completed previous college-level coursework in English and/or mathematics with
a grade of C or better, you may be exempt from all or part of the Accuplacer. Exemption
decisions are made by the appropriate Admissions Office staff, after reviewing your admissions
file. To obtain an exemption, you must provide evidence of your previous coursework,
such as a transcript.
We encourage you to review the sample questions prior to taking the assessment. There
are no failing or passing scores; instead, the results are used to place you in the
Free Study App
Take your test prep on the go with our free study app. Use it any time of the day,
in any location where you have access to Wi-Fi on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or
smartphone. The app includes a variety of tools to help you prepare for the Accuplacer,
- Sample tests that ask the types of questions asked on test day.
- A learn-as-you-go feature that provides immediate feedback on each answer, plus an
explanation for the correct response.
- The ability to save your work in progress, so you can resume practice at a later time.
- A review of your score history to identify areas of strength and weakness.
- 6 months of free access.
To take advantage of your free web-based study app, create (or log into) an account
by following the link below to the Accuplacer website.
Sign up Now
Other Tests & Assessments
Berkshire Community College’s Assessment and Testing Center serves as an open testing
site for several other exams, including the CLEP, DANTES, and HiSET. This allows us
to test BCC students, as well as individuals who wish to obtain credit at other institutions
and have their testing results sent to those schools.
The center also proctors exams for individuals who are enrolled in online learning
courses, and offers a service through which faculty members can arrange for make-up
testing sessions for their students.
The HiSet is an exam consisting of five sub-tests that evaluates the student’s readiness
to earn a Massachusetts State High School Equivalency Diploma. It may be taken by
individuals age 16 and older who are not enrolled in high school and who have not
earned a high school diploma.
Contact the Assessment and Testing Center for information about taking the HiSET and the
schedule of test dates.
The CLEP tests knowledge gained through independent study, employment, or life experience,
and allows individuals to earn college credit through examination in 35 different
subjects. 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.
If you are a BCC student, speak with your advisor prior to registering for the CLEP
to ensure that the examination will meet the requirements of your program. The CLEP
exams are given monthly and cost $100.00, payable in two parts: $80.00 (check, money
order, or credit card) to CLEP and $20.00 to BCC (cash, check, or money order). 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.
Registration packets for the CLEP are available from the Assessment and Testing Center.
Applications must be received at least one week prior to the exam date.
DANTES is another credit-by-examination program through which students can earn college
credit for knowledge gained through life or work experience or independent study.
Originally designed for members of the military, the program is now open to a variety
of public-sector employees.
If you are a BCC student, speak with your advisor to determine whether credit earned
via DANTES examination is acceptable within your program of study. DANTES exams are
given on the monthly CLEP testing date, as well as by appointment. The fee for each
DANTES examination is $80.00, payable in two parts $70.00 to DANTES (money order or
credit card), and $10.00 to BCC (cash, check, or money order).
DANTES tests must be ordered in advance, and there is usually a two-week period from
the order date to their receipt at BCC for administration. Visit the Assessment and
Testing Center to pick up a DANTES study guide.