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Full or partial exemptions from the Accuplacer (CPT – College Placement Test) are done on a case-by-case basis.

If you are a student from a Massachusetts high school, you may be qualified for BHCC’s GPA Placement Project. Learn more

For placement purposes only, BHCC will utilize successfully completed developmental coursework in reading, English composition, or math in which a student earned a grade C or better at BHCC or another regionally accredited college/university.  

Unofficial transcripts from other colleges may be used to provide proof of successful completion.  Coursework from BHCC can be accessed by the student or BHCC staff in our student information system.

Students who have successfully completed prior college-level coursework in English composition with a grade of C or better from BHCC or another regionally accredited college/university will be exempt from the reading and English portion of the placement test.

Students who have successfully completed prior college-level coursework in math with a grade C or better at BHCC or another regionally accredited college/university will be exempt from the math portion of the placement test.

Unofficial transcripts may be used to provide proof of successful completion.  Coursework from BHCC can be accessed by the student or BHCC staff in our student information system.

College-level coursework in math earned outside the United States that has been translated and equated in to US equivalencies on a course by course basis may exempt students from the math portion of the placement test.

Students whose first language is not English and who have not earned a high school diploma or GED in the United States may be required to take the English placement test (LOEP).  The LOEP places students into an appropriate level in noncredit Basic English as a Second Language (BESL) courses or Academic English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

International students who have scored at least 500 on the TOEFL paper test or 173 on the computerized version or 70 on the Internet-based TOEFL within the last 2 years will take the CPT instead of the LOEP.

Students scoring over 500 on the SAT I Verbal within the last 2 years are exempt from taking the reading portion of the CPT.

Students scoring over 600 on the SAT I Verbal within the last 2 years are exempt from taking the reading and English portions of the CPT.

There are currently no exemptions for SAT math scores.

Official score reports from College-Level Examination Program (CLEP):

  • Student scoring 50 or higher on CLEP College Composition will be exempt students from reading and English testing.
  • Students scoring a 50 or higher on the CLEP Pre-calculus or Calculus with Elementary Functions will be exempt students from math testing.

Official score reports from the College Board documenting AP test completion (completing and AP course is not sufficient):

  • Students scoring a 3 in English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition will be exempt from reading and English testing and may register for ENG112.
  • Students scoring a 4 in English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition will be exempt from reading and English testing and may not need to register for an English composition course at BHCC.
  • Student scoring a 5 in English Language & Composition  or English Literature & Composition will be exempt from reading and English testing and will not need to register for an English composition course at BHCC.
  • Students scoring a 3 or higher in Calculus AB or Calculus AB Subgrade will be exempt from math testing and may register for MAT282 (Calculus II) or MAT181 (Statistics) if an additional math course is required for your program.
  • Students scoring a 3 or higher in Calculus BC will be exempt from math testing and may register for MAT283 (Calculus III) or MAT181 (Statistics) if an additional math course is required for your program.

For information about earning college credit for CLEP, AP and other Prior Learning visit http://www.bhcc.edu/priorlearningassessment

Submit your official high school transcripts to:

  • Admissions, Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Avenue, Boston, MA 02129

Submit your official college/university transcripts to:

  • Academic Records, Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Avenue, Boston, MA 02129

or bring unofficial transcripts

  • Assessment Center, Room B118, Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Avenue, Boston, MA 02129

Your transcripts and/or test scores must display your name and the name of the issuing institution. Handwritten names on transcripts or test scores will not be accepted.  Once we have verified the scores, we may be able to convert your reading, writing and math scores for use at BHCC.