Testing Services

Testing Services
Room: Pitkin Education Center, Room S-127
Website: bergen.edu/testing
Phone: (201) 447-7202
E-mail: testingoffice@bergen.edu

The Bergen Community College Office of Testing Services (OTS) serves the college community by identifying, developing, procuring, administering, processing, and/or evaluating examinations, which meet a variety of administrative and instructional needs.

General Test Taking Requirements

The Office of Testing Services will not administer examinations to test takers unless they provide the following:

Valid issued photo identification. Acceptable identification is a Bergen Community College student identification card, a US issued driver’s license, a Bergen County photo identification card, a valid government issued passport, alien registration card (Green Card) or a high school identification. If you do not possess any of the mentioned valid photo identifications, please call the Office of Testing Services.

Student Identification Number. A student identification number is either a social security number or a Bergen Community College student identification number issued by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Room A-115.

Basic Skills Placement Testing

The College requires that all degree-seeking students and all non-degree-seeking students who reach their 11th attempted credit take a Basic Skills Placement Test in reading, writing, computation, and algebra. The results of this test determine a student’s required entry-level in both English and Mathematics courses. Under specific conditions, a student may have the placement test requirement waived. For information about waivers as well as placement test information bulletins and subject matter review sheets, visit the Office of Testing Services. There is no fee for this examination.

English Language Proficiency Test (ALP/ESL) – for ESL (English as a Second Language) Students

International students or students for whom English is not their native language may be required to take the Levels of English Proficiency Test (LOEP). This test measures proficiency in reading, writing, and listening and may place students in the American Language Program (ALP). Students who complete the ALP or who have tested out of the program through the LOEP are then required to take the mathematics portion of the Basic Skills Placement Test. Under specific conditions, a student may have the LOEP and/or mathematics test requirement waived. Further information about waivers, the LOEP, and the ALP is available at the Office of Testing Services. There is no fee for this examination.

Challenge Testing

Due to a variety of circumstances, students may not perform to the best of their abilities on the Basic Skills Placement test or English Language Proficiency test. To assess basic skills proficiency, Challenge Tests are offered in English, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, American Language Program (ALP/ESL) and Speech.
Challenge tests are offered continuously throughout the year. The Challenge Test policies and procedures and the current schedule of test dates can be obtained on the Office of Testing Services website at www.bergen.edu/testing , at the office on the Paramus campus, Pitkin Education Center room S-127, by email at testingoffice@bergen.edu or by phone at (201) 447-7203. There is no fee for this examination.

Proficiency Testing

Proficiency tests are offered as a means of placement for a variety of college-level courses. Successful scores on the proficiency tests allow students to register for a higher level course within the same discipline sequence.
However, a successful proficiency test carries no course credit. Proficiency test policies, procedures, and review materials can be obtained at bergen.edu/testing.
Registration for the Proficiency Tests must be completed in person in room S-127. There is a $30 fee for each proficiency test taken.

Credit-by-Examination

In order to receive college credit for a particular course, a student must earn a passing grade on specific subject examinations or meet course competencies through the assessment of prior learning (PLA) process.
Upon successful completion of an examination, or the demonstration of course competencies, the student will pay a $15 per-credit fee and will receive a Credit-by-Examination (CBE) grade.
The CBE credits are not included in attempted credits but are included in earned credits. The CBE grade is not computed in a student’s cumulative grade point average.
CBE forms are available at the Office of Curriculum, Room A-234.

College Level Examination Program

Bergen Community College students may earn college credit for learning achieved outside formal college courses through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). For further information, please visit the College Board website at www.collegeboard.com/clep.

Make-up Testing

The Office of Testing Services (OTS) administers make-up tests as a service for students who, for compelling and exceptional reasons, have missed a scheduled classroom examination. Students must receive prior permission from and arrange with their course instructors to take these examinations. Students may take their required examinations during posted testing office hours and must follow the Testing Center Policies and Procedures. Additional information can be found at www.bergen.edu/testing.

Testing for Online Courses

The Office of Testing Services (OTS) administers examinations to students who are enrolled in online courses originating at the College.
Students may take their required examinations during posted testing office hours and must follow the Testing Center Policies and Procedures.
Additional information can be found at bergen.edu/testing.

World Language Testing

Bergen Community College awards credit for World Languages through the New York University Proficiency Testing in Foreign Languages Program, and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
Students who wish to take the New York University Proficiency Testing students must complete the 16-point examination, and are awarded three college credits.
More information about the New York University Proficiency Testing can be found at www.scps.nyu.edu/academics/departments/foreign-languages/testing/process.html.
For detailed information about the World Languages examinations offered through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), please visit the College Board website at collegeboard.com/clep

Proficiency Testing

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Bergen Community College may award credit to individuals who have received a minimum score of 50, unless otherwise stated (see table below) for the following examinations.
Scores must be received directly from the College Entrance Examination Board before credit is awarded.
Credit received through CLEP is not necessarily transferable to other colleges and universities.

 SUBJECT EXAMINATION
REQUIRED
SCORE
 CREDIT
GRANTED
 BERGEN COURSE CREDIT
 American Literature
 50  3  LIT-201
 English Literature
 50  3  LIT-206
 College French Level I
 50  6  LAN-110 and LAN-200
 College French Level II
 59  3  LAN-201
 College German Level I
 50  6  LAN-111 and LAN-210
 College German Level II
 63  3  LAN-211
 College Spanish Level I
 50  6  LAN-113 and LAN-230
 College Spanish Level II
 63  3  LAN-231
 American Government
 50  3
 POL-101
 History of the US I: Early Colon. 1877
 50  3  HIS-111
 History of the US II: 1865-Presemt
 50  3  HIS-112
 Introduction to Educational Psychology
 50  3  PSY-103
 Human Growth and Development
 50  3
 PSY-106
 Principles of Macroeconomics
 50  3  ECO-101
 Principles of Microeconomics
 50  3  ECO-201
 Introduction to Sociology
 50  3  SOC-101
 Western Civ. I: Anc. Near East-1648
 50  3  HIS-101
 Western Civ. II: 1648 to Present
 50  3  HIS-102
 College Algebra
 50  0  MAT-160
 Precalculus  50  4  MAT-180
 Calculus with Elementary Functions
 50  4  MAT-280
 General Biology
 50  8  BIO-101 and BIO-203
 General Chemistry
 50  6  CHM-140 and CHM-240
 Information Systems and Computer Applications
 50  3  INF-101
 Financial Accounting
 50  3  ACC-110
 Principles of Management
 50  3  BUS-207
 Principles of Marketing
 50  3  BUS-201
 Introduction to Business Law
 50  3  BUS-233
 College Composition
 50  3  WRT-101
 Humanities  50  6  MUS-101, ART-101, and LIT-203
 College Mathematics
 50  3  MAT-130
 Natural Sciences
 50  8  PHY-185 and BIO-101
 Social Sciences and History
 50  6
 SOC-101 and HIS-101

Advanced Placement Examinations (AP)

Students who have taken one or more of the following advanced placement examinations may receive course credit with a score of three or above (see table below).
Scores must be received directly from the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) before credit is awarded.

CREDIT
SCORE
BERGEN CREDIT
CREDITS GIVEN
 History of Art
3, 4, 5
 ART-102 and ART-103
 6
 Biology  3, 4, 5
 BIO-101 and BIO-203
 8
 Calculus AB
 3, 4, 5
 MAT-280
 4
 Calculus BC
 3, 4, 5
 MAT-280 and MAT-281
 8
 Chemistry  3, 4, 5
 CHM-140, CHM-141, CHM-240 and CHM-241
 8
 Computer Science A
 4, 5
 INF-236
 3
 Economics  3, 4, 5
 ECO-101 and ECO-201
 6
 Environmental Sciences
 3, 4, 5
 BIO-108
 4
 History, European
 3, 4, 5
 HIS-101 and HIS-102
 6
 History, U.S.
 3, 4, 5
 HIS-111 and HIS-112
 6
 Music Theory
 3  MUS-132 and MUS-134
 4
 Music Theory
 4, 5
 MUS-132, MUS-134, MUS-232, and MUS-234
 8
 Physics I
 3, 4, 5
 PHY-186
 4
 Physics II
 3, 4, 5
 PHY-286
 4
 Physics C: Mechanics
 3, 4, 5
 PHY-280
 4
 Physics: Electricity & Magnetism
 3, 4 5
 PHY-290
 4
 Language and Composition
 3, 4, 5
 WRT-101
 3
 Language and Composition
 3, 4, 5
 WRT-101 and WRT-201
 6
 French  4, 5
 LAN-110, LAN-200, LAN-201, LAN-202
 12
 French  3  LAN-110 and LAN-200
 6
 German  4, 5
 LAN-111, LAN-210, LAN-211, and LAN-212
 12
 German  3  LAN-111 and LAN-210
 6
 Italian  3  LAN-112, and LAN-220
 6
 Italian  4, 5
 LAN-112, LAN-220, LAN-221, and LAN-222
 12
 Psychology  4, 5
 PSY-101
 3
 Spanish  4, 5
 LAN-113, LAN-230, LAN-231, and LAN-232
 12
 Spanish  3  LAN-113 and LAN-230
 6
 Statistics  4, 5
 MAT-150
 3