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The Assessment Center at Bellingham Technical College provides testing and proctoring for College placement test (Accuplacer), GED examinations and other program, industrial, and career related testing. BTC’s Assessment Center is a member of the National College Testing Association and follows its professional testing standards. BTC is committed to ensuring equal access for participation in any college program, activity or event.

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Placement

These tests are for first time students who have applied to a program. Find out more about BTC's placement test (Accuplacer) and how to get started.

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GED Testing

Learn more about the General Education Development (GED) tests. Financial Aid now requires a high school diploma or GED. Contact BTC's Financial Aid Department for more information.

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Program & Industry

BTC offers a variety of additional tests for programs and industry, including: including IC3, LPN Step, TEAS V, ARI/HVAC, OPAC and proctored exams.

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Assessment Center Staff

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Placement Testing

Degree or certificate-seeking students must take the Accuplacer assessment to evaluate reading, math, and grammar skills.

Accuplacer is not a pass/fail test. It simply measures your current skill level. Your scores will help you choose the right classes, make a plan, and obtain any needed support services. Starting off with Accuplacer means a more successful college experience.

No appointment is needed to take the Accuplacer. Just pay the $21 ($25 starting September 1, 2015) fee to the BTC Cashier, Campus Store or Campus Store Online and bring your receipt to your test, alone with government issued photo identification such as a driver's license, Tribal ID, TWIC card or passport. Plan to spend about two hours taking the exam. Your Placement Test will be in H Building, Room H-4 during the times scheduled below.

Weekly Accuplacer Assessment Test Schedule:

  • Mondays 9:00 am to 8:00 pm (arrive by 6:00 pm)
  • Tuesdays through Fridays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (arrive by 3:00 pm)

We recommend you refresh and review your skills before you take the test.

EdReady can help you prepare for the Accuplacer or GED Exam, or your next math class. It shows what you need to study for the goals you choose, and gives you a customized plan to gain mastery. Go to https://btc.edready.org/home to sign up!

Accuplacer study guides:

Khan Academy produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos. In addition to micro lectures, the organization's website features practice exercises and tools for educators. All resources are available for free at https://www.khanacademy.org/.

Score Interpretation Tool

Once you have test scores, use the Score Interpretation Tool to determine where to begin your Math and English sequence.

Retest Policy

You may take one free retest on any of the five placement subject areas within 12 months of your initial test

Transfer Scores

  • If you have assessment scores or official transcripts from an accredited college or university that you would like to transfer to BTC, submit the Evaluation Request form along with an official sealed transcript and/or assessment scores to the Admissions and Student Resource Center. Contact this office at 360-752-8345 with further questions, or refer to the Transfer Student tab for more information.
  • If you would like to take the Accuplacer test at BTC and have your scores transferred to another college, please inform your Proctor at time of testing. You will need to provide the contact information (institution name, address, fax, and phone number) for the institution you would like your scores sent to.

Advisors

Once you've completed placement testing, you will sign up for an advising and registration session. Advisors review your test score results with you. For more information, you can also contact the Admissions and Student Resource Center at admissions@btc.ctc.edu, by calling 360-752-8345 or stopping by the office located in the College Services Building Room 106.

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Important Information

As of January 2, 2014, a new version of the GED is in place and offered exclusively on the computer. Pre-2014 test scores will not carry over to the new version, so students that did not successfully complete all five exams with a 450 average or higher by December 13, 2013, will need to re-test all sections.

For GED testing:
Go to GED Registration and Appointments to register and make your test appointments. Each of the four tests costs $30, payable online with a debit/credit card. A valid, government-issue photo ID is required at time of testing. GED tests are generally available weekday mornings and afternoons; the actual schedule is available through GED Registration and Appointments once registration has been completed.

Test scoring:
The GED test will have a passing score of 150 on each test part. Therefore, you will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each part and a total score of 600 across the four-part battery in order to receive your GED test credential. The retest fee is $30 and must be paid before each retest.

GED Transcripts:
All GED transcripts must be requested through www.ged.com. Bellingham Technical College does not keep GED records.

For Accommodations:
Go to GED Accommodations if you feel you have an accommodation that may require:

Extended time
Private room
Calculator
Frequent Breaks
etc.

Documentation Guidelines for Candidates for GED Accommodations.

Accommodations Supporting Documentation

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Industry and Additional Testing

Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3)

Fee: $25 ($35 starting September 1, 2015) per test (3 tests in battery); $7.20 ($10 starting September 1, 2015) for practice test (recommended in advance).

BTC offers the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) test as a challenge test to the Introduction to Computers (CAP 101) course required for some programs. To successfully challenge the CAP 101 course, you must pass all three sections of the IC3 Windows 2007/Office 2010 Exams: Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications, and Living Online. Find more information about the IC3 and test preparation on BTC's IC3 Brochure as well as at www.certiport.com.

TEAS V Testing

TEAS V, the Test of Essential Academic Skills (formerly HOBET) is required for BTC’s Nursing, Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs. Bring your receipt and photo ID to testing in the Assessment Center. Arrive no later than 3 hours before closing on walk-in testing days.

  • Dental Assisting students will take this test as part of their DEN 100 course, during class time with BTC faculty. The test fee is embedded into the course fees (no receipt required).
  • Nursing and Dental Hygiene students are required to take this test as part of the application process. Pay $40 ($60 beginning September 1, 2015) at the BTC Cashier, BTC Campus Store, or Campus Store Online.
  • Non-BTC students are welcome to take the TEAS V test and have their scores transferred to another college.
  • For more information regarding TEAS V, visit www.atitesting.com

Vocational Testing

Interest, aptitude and other similar tests are administered by advisors and counselors in group or individual settings. Contact the Admissions and Student Resource Center to schedule at 360-752-8345 or advising@btc.ctc.edu.

Proctored Exams

The Assessment Center offers proctored exams for BTC students taking online classes, as well as for general community. There is a $20 ($30 starting September 1, 2015) community proctored exam fee for non-BTC students, payable at the BTC Cashier, BTC Campus Store, or Campus Store Online. Students must contact assessment@btc.ctc.edu to arrange test material delivery prior to testing.

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    Tue-Fri 9am-5pm (arrive by 3pm)

Welcome to our campus! Meet our helpful staff:

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Dan Woods

Assessment Program Specialist

360 752.8335
dwoods@btc.ctc.edu
H Building (H) Room H4