International F-1 students whose first language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency with their applications. A list of accepted exams and other ways to satisfy the proficiency requirement can be found on the International Center website.
Applicants who do not already have a way to satisfy the language proficiency requirement can take the Accuplacer English test. The test is free of charge and can be taken online using Examity, an online proctoring service, or in person on the Charlestown campus.
Please note, the Accuplacer English score is not used as your course placement. Once admitted to BHCC, international students will need to take the Guided Self-Placement Survey to select an English course.
Scoring Requirements and Study Materials
The test consists of an essay test (Accuplacer WritePlacer or the Accuplacer WritePlacer ESL) and a reading comprehension test.
For direct acceptance to the major of your choice you need a minimum of one of the scores below.
- Accuplacer WritePlacer ESL 3 or higher with an Accuplacer ESL Reading score of 60 or higher OR
- Accuplacer WritePlacer ESL 4 or higher with an Accuplacer ESL Reading score of 200 or higher OR
- Accuplacer WritePlacer 0 or higher with an Accuplacer Next Generation Reading score of 200 or higher
If you score below the scores above, we will offer you a conditional admission and you can start with our Intensive English Program and after you complete that you can transition to your academic major.
In order to be considered valid, Accuplacer English scores must be less than 2 years old.
Study materials and sample questions can be found at studentportal.accuplacer.org.
Once admitted to BHCC, international students will need to take the Guided Self-Placement Survey to register for an English course and you will also need to complete the Math assessment requirements.
Make an Appointment
The Accuplacer English test is free. You can take it online using Examity, an online proctoring service, or in the BHCC Assessment Center on the Charlestown campus.