Course Placement Testing
Degree or certificate-seeking students must take the ACCUPLACER Assessment to evaluate reading, math, and grammar skills or have previous coursework evaluated for credit. If you are
interested in having previous test scores or transcripts evaluated, including high school please see the Transfer Scores section below.
ACCUPLACER is not a pass/fail test – it simply measures your current skill level. Your scores will help you and your advisor choose the right classes, make a plan, and obtain any needed support services. Starting off with the ACCUPLACER means a more successful college experience.
No appointment is needed to take the ACCUPLACER Assessment – just pay the $25 fee to the BTC Cashier, Campus Store, or Campus Store Online,and bring your receipt to your test. You will also need to bring your government issued photo identification such as a driver's license, Tribal ID, TWIC card, or passport. This is not a timed test, but 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.
If you are not able to come to Bellingham Technical College's Assessment Center you now have the option of purchasing a remote testing voucher which would allow you to take the test at an Assessment Center near you. For more information please contact the BTC Assessment Center by calling 360.752.8335 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Drop-in ACCUPLACER Assessment Schedule:
- Mon 8:30am-7:45pm
- (arrive by 6pm)
- Tue-Thu 8:30am-5pm
- (arrive by 3pm)
- Fri 8:30am-4pm
- (arrive by 2pm)
- Nov 21, 8:30am- 4pm
- Nov 28, 8:30am- 3pm
- Dec 26, 10am- 4pm
We recommend you refresh and review your skills before you take the assessment.
EdReady can help you prepare for the ACCUPLACER Assessment, 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!
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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 on their website: https://www.khanacademy.org/.
You may take one free retest onany of the five placement subject areas within 12 months of our initial test.
Students must attend a mandatory GET Started appointment. Meet with Advising and Career Services staff as they help you navigate your Goals, create an Education Plan, and become Tech Ready.
To sign up for you GET Started appointment please call the Admissions & Student Resource Center at 360.752.8345
- The ACCUPLACER assessment or Transcript Evaluation must be completed prior to attending the appointment.
- If you are receiving L & I benefits, need an accommodation, or you cannot attend a GET Started appointment before the quarter begins, please contact the Admissions & Student Resource Center at 360-752-8345.
If you have questions about the GET Started appointment please contact the Admissions & Student Resource Center at 360.752.8345 or Admissions@btc.edu
Any student taking a course in our Transitional Studies building or participating in an IBEST program will need to take the CASAS exam for the purpose of tracking student progress. If you are a student that this would benefit the exam is given in the Assessment Center at no cost to the students.
The CASAS exam consists of Reading, Listening, and Math and is not a pass or fail exam, it is simply a measurement tool. Students that show a need for extended time will receive a letter to share with their instructors to help with extended time facilitation. For questions and additional information please contact the Transitional Studies department at 360.752.8341
Students required to take CASAS exams:
- Accuplacer score below a certain range
Extended time on exams may be granted to students. Students inquiring about extended testing time will be asked to take the CASAS exam. Once the CASAS is taken students will meet with the director of Admissions to have extended time approved. If you have questions about extended testing times please contact the Admissions & Student Resource Center at email@example.com