Assessment Center


Charlestown Campus, Room B118

Mon., Tues., 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Wednes., 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thurs., 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sat., 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
(closed Saturdays during the months of June & July and holiday weekends)

To confirm hours and availability please call 617-228-2468. 


Chelsea Campus

Please call 617-228-2101 for testing times and availability.

Assessment: College Placement Testing

The test is free of charge. A valid government issued photo ID (Passport, driver’s license, state ID card, Resident Alien card) or a BHCC ID is required to test. Children are not allowed in the Testing Room. If you have children, please make arrangements for their care while you take your placement test. Children cannot be left unattended while testing is in progress.

All incoming students are required to take the CPT or have equivalent college coursework. Preparing for the CPT is one of the most important steps you can take. 

BHCC utilizes a test called Accuplacer, referred to as the College Placement Test or CPT. The CPT has three sections:

  • Math,
  • Reading comprehension and
  • Sentence skills (grammar)

Students answer a series of multiple choice questions on a computer. The use of personal calculators, dictionaries, notes, textbooks or other resources is strictly prohibited during the testing.

Students must arrive for testing a minimum of two hours before closing. Testing generally takes between two to three hours to complete, but there is no time limit; students may take as much time as they need.

Students who have successfully completed (earned a grade C or higher) a college-level English and/or math course at another college or university must bring their transcripts with them to the Assessment Center to be exempted from the CPT or parts of the CPT. Students with SAT scores over 500 on the SAT I-Verbal exam are exempt from the reading test. Students with SAT scores over 600 on the SAT I-Verbal exam are exempt from both reading and writing tests. Students applying to selective programs may be required to take placement tests regardless of prior educational experience.

Students, who have completed a writing sample, may not retest in English.