Bergen Community College administers the Accuplacer ESL examination to determine a student’s proficiency in reading, writing, and listening skills and may place students in the American Language Program (ALP) also referred to as the ESL program.

Students placed into the ALP/ESL program are required to complete this program before registering for courses in their chosen curricula.

Students who complete the ALP/ESL program or who have tested out of the program through the Accuplacer ESL examination are then required to take the mathematics portion of the Accuplacer examination.

Accuplacer Entrance Exam Checklist

  • Apply to Bergen Community College
  • Receive BCC Student ID#
  • Check for Waivers
  • Make Appointment
  • Pay Fee
  • Study
  • Need Valid Picture ID Card

Who must take the Accuplacer ESL Examination?

  • International students on F-1 visas.
  • Non-native English speaker residents of the U.S. for fewer than 8 years and not a U.S. high school graduate.
  • Non-native English speaker U.S. high school graduates with 1 or 2 years in a U.S. high school.
  • Non-native English speakers who passed the General Educational Development Examination (GED) or High School Equivalency Examination (HSE) in a language other than English.

Note: Non-native speakers who have lived in the U.S. for more than 8 years who have little or no formal English studies may choose to take the Accuplacer ESL examination.

What conditions can waive the placement test requirement?

For ALP/ESL placement test waiver criteria, please visit the “Placement Test Waiver Information” Web page for details.

What is on the ALP test?

The ESL/American Language Program Accuplacer test includes:

  1. Listening Exam (20 untimed multiple-choice questions);
  2. Language Usage (20 untimed multiple-choice questions);
  3. Reading Skills (20 untimed multiple- choice questions);
  4. 50-minute timed essay.

How to prepare for the test?

Is there a fee for the test?

  • Remote online testing is offered through Examity for a $25 fee.

How to schedule an appointment for the test?

  • Option 1: In-person testing – Currently suspended due to COVID-19.
  • Option 2: Remote online testing – Students that do not qualify for a waiver and are interested in taking the Accuplacer entrance exam online should email accuplacervouchers@bergen.edu for further information and instructions.

No test will be administered without proper identification.

How to Read Placement Test Results?

If you have taken the Accuplacer ESL examination and have a placement in ALP/ESL please review the information below about your placement(s).

Please review the following information provided by the Academic Advising office:

It is strongly recommended to work remotely with an academic advisor before registering for classes once the placement testing has been satisfied.  

To request an appointment with an academic advisor for help with selecting classes, feel free to visit the New Student Advising Web page for details or use the form below.
You may also email
aacenter@bergen.edu with general questions.

Advising Appointment Request Form

Contact Information

  • For questions or further information about ALP/ESL placement test, please contact The Office of Testing Services:
  • All communications to the BCC Office of Testing Services should be done using your BCC student portal email account and should include your BCC student ID number.

Please note:

    1. The Office of Testing Services cannot answer specific questions over the phone about a student or the student’s placement test results.
    2. All students must come to the office in Room S-127 with government issued photo identification to receive specific information about their student record.
    3. Third parties never receive specific information about a student as per The Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  For more information about FERPA at BCC, please visit the “FERPA / Release of Student Information” Web page.
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