Placement Testing

If you are a new student, a transfer student, or even a continuing student, there are many reasons why you might need to take a math, English, and/or reading placement test. Before you register for classes, read the information about placement tests and developmental education courses found in the Academic Bulletin and Schedule of Classes and the General Catalog. You should take a placement test if one of the following applies:

  • you did not take the ACT Test™;
  • your official ACT Test™ scores have not been received by the Admissions/Registrar's Office;
  • your ACT Test™ scores are below 19 in Math, 16 in Reading, and 18 in English;
  • your transcripts from other colleges have not been received.

Note: Math, English and/or reading placement test scores will determine developmental course placement (such as MATH 097, MATH 098, MATH 099, READ 099, ENGL 098, ENGL 099, and EDUC 099) or college-level course placement (such as MATH 102 and ENGL 101).

  • The BPCC Placement Test is offered during registration and at designated times throughout the semester.
  • Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) testing will be conducted during regularly scheduled placement testing.
  • A valid government issued photo ID is required. The applicant’s name as it appears on the ID must match College records.
  • Students who wish to use a calculator should bring a non-programmable calculator.
  • No cell phones are allowed during testing.
  • No unauthorized person – including parents, guardians, children, friends - are allowed in the testing room.
  • Placement tests are administered at no cost to BPCC students. Non-BPCC students will be charged $10 per test.
  • No appointments are necessary for the times listed below.
  • For sample placement test questions click here.Will open new browser window or tab
Date Time Location
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:00 p.m. –  5:00 p.m. TRC - Building A, 2nd Floor
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. TRC - Building A, 2nd Floor
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. TRC - Building A, 2nd Floor
Thursday, August 7, 2014 1:00 p.m. TRC - Building A, 2nd Floor
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. TRC - Building A, 2nd Floor
Thursday, August 14, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. TRC - Building A, 2nd Floor
Friday, August 15, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. TRC - Building A, 2nd Floor
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:30 p.m. G-319
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:30 p.m. G-319
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:30 p.m. G-319
Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:30 p.m. G-319
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:30 p.m. G-319
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:30 p.m. G-319
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:30 p.m. G-319
Friday, September 12, 2014 10:00 a.m.  G-319
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. G-319
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 12:30 p.m. G-319
Thursday, October 9, 2014 12:30 p.m. G-319
Monday, October 27, 2014 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. G-319

For additional information regarding placement tests, contact the Office of Academic Planning at 318-678-6049 or 318-678-6448.

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BPCC Placement Scores

If ACT scores fall in the ranges listed below, the BPCC Placement Test must be taken unless the college mathematics and/or English courses have already been taken or unless enrollment is scheduled in the appropriate developmental course(s).

English: 0-17
Mathematics: 0-18
Reading: 0-15

Developmental Education Courses

Developmental education courses are provided for BPCC students who score below the minimum required BPCC Placement Test scores. developmental courses include EDUC 099, READ 099, CIS 099, ENGL 098, ENGL 099, and MATH 097, MATH 098, and MATH 099. These semester-length courses will transfer to other post-secondary institutions as equivalent courses but will not satisfy degree requirements.

See also: READ 099 Policy | EDUC 099 Policy

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