ALP/ESL Placement Test and Waiver
- 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.
- International students or students whom English is not their native language may be required to take the Accuplacer ESL examination.
- 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.
- There is no fee for this examination.
- Under specific conditions, a student may have the placement test requirement waived. Please check below to determine if you can be waived from the Accuplacer examination.
- The Accuplacer ESL examination is administered on a walk-in basis in the Pitkin Education Center, Paramus Campus in room S127. Please pick a current test date from the calendar and come prepared to take the exam with a pen, a government issued picture I.D., and know your Social Security number. No test will be administered without proper identification.
Who must take the Accuplacer ESL Examination?
- International students.
- Non-native English speakers who have who have resided in the United States for less than eight (8) and have not received formal English training.
- Non-native English speakers who have completed fewer than three (3) years in an American High School.
- Non-native English speakers who passed the General Educational Development Examination (GED) in a language other than English.
What conditions can waive the placement test requirement?
- If you hold a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in the United States.
- If you have taken a college-level English and/or mathematics course, other than accounting in the United States.
- If you have previously taken an Accuplacer exam at another college (within five years).
- If you have taken the AP exam in English or mathematics and have a score of 3 or higher.
- If you have taken the SAT examination prior to March 2016 with a score of 530 or above in math and/or 540 or above in Critical Reading (within five years).
- If you have taken the SAT examination since March 2016 with a score of 500 or above in math and/or 450 or above in Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (within five years).
- If you have a math ACT score prior to March 2016 of 23 or higher (within five years). Prior to March 2016, we do not accept the English ACT scores.
- If you have a math ACT score since March 2016 of 22 or higher and/or an English ACT score of 19 or higher (within five years).
- If you have TOEFL test scores of 550 or above (paper/pencil version), 213 or above (computerized version) or 80 or above (internet based version) (within two years).
- If you have taken the IELTS examination (academic version) and have a score of 6.5 or above (within two years).
- If you have taken a college-level mathematics course, other than accounting at a college/university from a country other than the US, please submit a “course by course” evaluation report from a current member at NACES (http://www.naces.org/members.html).
You may be required to take the Accuplacer ESL test.
If any of the above conditions apply, please complete the waiver form online. If you are uploading documents to the waiver form, please be advised that you will not see the documents in the final PDF file. However, we will be able to access your attachments. Please allow a minimum of 1-2 business days for waiver processing.
For Health Professions applicants that do not have access to a Portal account, please either stop by the Testing Services office or email [email protected] for further instructions.
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).
It is strongly recommended to sit with an academic advisor before registering for classes. Academic Advising is located in room A118, Center for Student Success. Please review the following information provided by the Academic Advising office:
For questions or further information, please contact The Office of Testing Services at (201) 447-7203, email us at [email protected], or visit us in the Paramus Campus, Pitkin Education Center, room S127.
Please note: The Office of Testing Services cannot answer specific questions over the phone about a student or the student’s placement test results. All students must come to the office in room S-127 with government issued photo identification to receive specific information about an examination in The Office of Testing Services. 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 click here.