Understanding CPT Results

The CPT is very important, as it determines your English, math and reading course placements and may exempt you from certain classes. By assessing a student’s level of proficiency in English, reading and mathematics, the CPT helps students plan an appropriate schedule of course work. 

In addition to our college-level courses, the College has a series of developmental courses for students who need some additional foundational work in English, math or reading. The CPT will place students either into college-level courses or developmental courses or a combination of the two.

When students complete testing, they receive a report that includes the placement results for each section of the test that is completed.  Accepted (degree and certificate seeking) students will also be able to access these placement results in the Test Summary section of WebAdvisor in their BHCC Portal account (log on information for the BHCC Portal is provided to accepted students in their acceptance package) .

Students are allowed to retest once per semester. Students, who have completed a writing sample, may not retest in English. English, reading and math scores are valid for placement and application purposes for two years.

Reading Skills Placement Results

Students will either place into:

  • RDG090 (Reading Skills I), our introductory level developmental reading course; or
  • RDG095 (Reading Skills II), our advanced level developmental reading course; or
  • RDG10.0, RDG11.0, RDG12.0 or RDG13.0 which means the student is exempt from our reading requirement and may enroll in courses requiring “RDG095 or placement” as a prerequisite.

Writing Skills Placement Results

Students will either place into:

  • ENG090 (Writing Skills I), our introductory level developmental writing course; or
  • ENGG095 (Writing Skills II), our advanced level developmental writing course; or
  • ENG111 (College Writing I) which means the student is exempt from our developmental writing requirement and may enroll in courses requiring “ENG095 or placement” as a prerequisite.  Students may enroll in ENG111 if they are also exempt from our developmental reading requirement (either successfully completing the RDG095 course with a grade of C or better or placing into RDG10.0, RDG11.0, RDG12.0, or RDG13.0)
  • Students who place between two levels will be asked to complete a writing sample in pencil without the use of a computer or dictionary.  Assessment Center staff will determine which of the two levels of English the student is eligible for based on this writing sample; students should take their time and write the strongest essay possible.

Math Skills Placement Results

Students will either place into:

  • MAT093 (Foundations of Mathematic), our introductory level developmental math course; or
  • MAT097 (Foundations of Algebra), a developmental math course; or
    • Culinary and Pastry Arts students who place into MAT097 are eligible to take the Culinary and Pastry Arts math requirement, MAT100 (Topics in Career Math)and should not register for MAT097
      • MAT100 will not fulfill a degree requirement for any degree other than Culinary or Pastry Arts
  • MAT099 (Intermediate Algebra); or
    • Students who need to take College Algebra, Pre-calculus or Calculus will enroll in MAT099, a developmental math course designed to prepare STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and AA Business students for the rigors of College Algebra and Calculus.
    • All other students (except Culinary and Pastry Arts) are eligible to take a college-level math course and should refer to their program requirements to determine the appropriate course.
  • MAT194 (College Algebra-STEM); or
    • Students who need to take College Algebra, Precalculus or Calculus will enroll in MAT194, a four credit college-level math course designed to prepare STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and AA Business students for the rigors of College Algebra and Calculus.
    • All other students (except Culinary and Pastry Arts) are eligible to take a college-level math course and should refer to their program requirements to determine the appropriate course.
  • MAT197 (Precalculus); or
    • Students who need to take Precalculus or Calculus will enroll in MAT197, a four credit college-level math course.
    • Students who need to take College Algebra for their program requirements may either take MAT197 to meet that requirement (if MAT197 is also a program requirement additional math coursework will be required; students should discuss this situation with the Department Chair of their Program of Study) or students may arrange to take the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) Test.  Information is available through Prior Learning.
    • Students whose program does not require College Algebra, Precalculus or Calculus may register for the appropriate college-level math course.
  • MAT281 (Calculus I)
    • Students who need to take Calculus I will enroll in MAT281, a four credit college-level math course.
    • Students who need to take College Algebra for their program requirements may either take MAT281 to meet that requirement (if MAT194 and or MAT197 are also a program requirement(s) additional math coursework will be required; students should discuss this situation with the Department Chair of their Program of Study) or students may arrange to take the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) Test.  Information is available through Prior Learning.
    • Students whose program does not require College Algebra, Precalculus or Calculus may register for the appropriate college-level math course.

Information about developmental courses

  • Developmental courses prepare students for the rigors of college level course work;
  • Developmental courses must be taken if a student places into them;
  • Developmental courses cost the same per credit as college-level courses and qualify for financial aid;
  • However, developmental courses do not transfer to other colleges and universities and they do not count toward graduation requirements at BHCC.