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    Friday 8:30 am-4:00 pm

The Assessment Center at Bellingham Technical College provides testing and proctoring for the college placement test (ACCUPLACER Next-Generation), GED examinations and other programs, and 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.

Please be aware that we monitor the testing center via recorded video cameras. Cheating and misconduct are not tolerated in the Assessment Center. Testing candidates are expected to conduct themselves with honesty, integrity at all times, during all phases of the testing processand agree to abide by the terms and conditions of testing set forth by the Assessment Center


course Placement

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


Pearson VUE

Learn more about Pearson VUE Testing


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.


Program & Industry

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


Assessment Center Staff

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    Mon-Thu 8:30 am-5:00 pm
    Friday 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Course Placement Testing

Reading & Writing ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Course Placement Worksheet

Math ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Course Placement Worksheet

Degree or certificate-seeking students must take the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Assessment to evaluate reading, math, and writing skills or have previous coursework evaluated for credit. Previous ACCUPLACER Classic scores will still be honored within 5 years of testing. If you are interested in having previous test scores or transcripts evaluated, including high school please see the Transfer Scores section below.

ACCUPLACER Next-Generation 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 Next-Generation means a more successful college experience.

No appointment is needed to take the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation 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 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 and a half (2.5) 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

Drop-in ACCUPLACER Assessment Schedule:

  • Mon-Thu 8:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am-4:00 pm

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


ACCUPLACER Next-Generation study guides:

  • Printable Sample Questions
  • Online Study Resources
  • EdReady can help you prepare for the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation 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 to sign up! (Use Firefox when creating your account).

    The EdReady Quantatative Reasoning, Algebra, & Statistics Goal Key is btc_AP2 and Advanced Algebra & Functions Goal Key is btc_AP3.

    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:

    Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) Provides free access to basic skills materials for Mathand Reading, as well as pre and practice exams for the GED, NCLEX-PN, NCLEX-RN, TEAS, ACT, PRE-ENGNEERING, and many others. This is a database offered through the BTC Library. You can access this resource at

    Retest Policy

    Purchasing your ACCUPLACER Next-Generation test voucher allows you to take each of the five placement subject area tests twice within 12 months of purchase.

    Transfer Scores

    • For more information about transferring in scores or classes please see the Transfer student page.

    • If you would like to take the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Assessment at BTC and have your scores transferred to another college, please inform your Proctor at time of testing.

    You may print your ACCUPLACER Next-Generation score report by logging in to your ACCUPLACER Next-Generation account using the email address that you registered during your testing session at


    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 as well as a completed Official Test Score Transcript Request (PDF)


    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

    Important Notes:

    • The ACCUPLACER Classic assessment, ACCUPLACER Next-Generation 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 

    CASAS Exam

    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
    • ELA students
    • IBEST program students
    • High school 21 students

    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 an Academic Advisor to have extended time approved. If you have questions about extended testing times please contact the Admissions & Student Resource Center at


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    Pearson VUE

    What is Pearson VUE?

    Bellingham Technical College is proud to be a Pearson Vue Select Testing Center. Being a Pearson Vue Testing Center allows BTC's Assessment Center to have an even greater potential to help our students, staff, and our community by providing them with access to certifications and qualifications that develop their skills and knowledge. We are able to provide professional and IT exams, such as those for CompTIA, Cisco, Oracle, HP, VMware and may other leading global programs.

    How to schedule an exam

    All Pearson VUE tests can be scheduled through the Pearson VUE website by visiting

    Available Exams

    Though we are able to offer many more exams here are some of those we can protor:

    • ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist
    • Advanced Deploy vSphere 6.5 Exam 2018
    • American Society for Nondestructive Testing: IRRSP Radioactive Materials (RAM)
    • Cisco Systems
    • CompTIA
    • GED (for more information please see the GED Tab)
    • GIAC
    • Microsoft: Azure Administrator Certification Transition
    • Microsoft: Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases
    • Microsoft: Identity with Windows Server
    • Microsoft: Installing and Configuring Windows 10
    • Microsoft: Networking with Windows Server
    • NACE
    • NES: Early Childhood Education
    • NES: Elementary Education I & 2
    • NES: Special Education
    • Oracle Database SQL
    • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCE)
    • WEST-B
    • Zend Certified Engineer

    For More Information

    Please do not hesitate to contact the staff in our Assessment Center with any questions

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      Friday 8:30 am-4:00 pm

    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-issued 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 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
    Frequent Breaks

    Documentation Guidelines for Candidates for GED Accommodations.

    Accommodations Supporting Documentation

    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.

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    Industry and Additional Testing


    Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3)

    Fee: $35 per test (3 tests in battery); $10 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


    ATI TEAS, the Test of Essential Academic Skills 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 4 hours before closing on walk-in testing days (if you have accommodations you may need to arrive earlier).

    • 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 $90 at the BTC Cashier, BTC Campus Store, or Campus Store Online.
    • Non-BTC students are welcome to take the ATI TEAS test and have their scores transferred to another college. ATI will charge an additional fee to have scores transferred.
    • For more information regarding ATI TEAS, visit

    ASE - National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence

    Canidates will select and pay for thier exam at Once they have confirmation # they will call the BTC Assessment Center at 360.752.8335 to schedule their appointment.

    ASE Testing is available Monday - Friday during regular operating hours.


    Certiport Exams

    We can procotor the following exams. Please visit to pay for your exam and add it to your account:

    • Adobe Certified Associate
    • Adobe Certified Expert
    • Autodesk Certified Professional
    • Autodesk Certified User
    • IC3
    • Intuit QuickBooks
    • Microsoft Certified Educator
    • Microsoft Office Specialist
    • Microsoft Technology Associate

    NATE (North American Technician Excellence, Inc.)

    We can proctor the following exams. Please visit for exam details. Please pay for your exam at the Cashiers window in the College Services Building, you will need to have a prefilled NATE Testing Form with you. Bring your receipt and photo ID to testing in the Assessment Center. Once you have paid for your exam call the BTC Assessment Center at 360.752.8335 to schedule an appointment.

    NATE Testing is available Monday - Friday during regular operating hours.

    • Ready to Work $100 (2nd attempt $70)
    • HVAC Support Exam $125
    • NATE Core Exam $155
    • Senior Level Technicial $200
    • Nate Speciality Exam $155
      • ACSV - Air Conditioning Service
      • ACIN - Air Conditioning Installation
      • HPSV - Heat Pump Service
      • HPIN - Heat Pump Installation
      • ADSV - Air Distribution Service
      • ADIN - Air Distribution Installation
      • GSSV - Gas Heating Service
      • GSIN - Gas Heating Installation
      • OLSV - Oil Heating Service
      • OLIN - Oil Heating Installation
      • HGSV - Hydronics Gas Service
      • HGIN - Hydronics Gas Installation
      • HOSV - Hydronics Oil Service
      • HOIN - Hydronics Oil Installation
      • RCSV - Commercial Refrigeration Service
      • RCIN - Commercial Refrigeration Install
      • LCSV - Light Commercial Refrig Service
      • LCIN - Light Commercial Refrig Install

    Proctored Exams

    The Assessment Center offers proctored exams for BTC students taking online classes as well as for the general community. There is a $30 community proctored exam fee for non-BTC students, payable at the BTC Cashier, BTC Campus Store, or Campus Store Online. Students must contact to arrange test material delivery prior to testing.

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