Basic Skills Placement Testing – Testing Services

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The Bergen Community College Office of Testing Services (OTS), is located in Room S-127. OTS serves the college community by identifying, developing, procuring, administering, processing, and/or evaluating examinations, which meet a variety of administrative and instructional needs. To contact the OTS, please call (201) 447-7202.

General Test Taking Requirements

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

  • Valid government 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 at (201) 447-7203.
  • 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

Bergen Community 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, Room S-127. 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, Room S-127. 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. 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 and procedures and review materials can be obtained at www.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.

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 collegeboard.com/clep.
Detailed information about transferring earned CLEP credits to Bergen Community is accessible under "Transfer into Bergen Community College/College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Advanced Placement Examinations

Bergen Community College students may earn college credit through Advanced Placement examinations (AP).

For additional details, please review the information under "Transfer into Bergen Community College/Advanced Placement Examinations".

Special Accommodations Testing

The Office of Testing Services provides reasonable testing accommodations for students who have submitted their documentation to the Office of Specialized Services (OSS).  Further details about testing accommodations can be found at www.bergen.edu/testing.

Additional information about the Office of Specialized Services (OSS) can be found at www.bergen.edu/oss

Instructional Makeup Testing

The Office of Testing Services (OTS) administers very limited makeup 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 make arrangements with their course instructors to take these examinations, under specific conditions, in The Office of Testing Services, Room S-127.

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 very limited test taking to students who are enrolled in online courses originating at Bergen Community 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 www.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 whom wish to take the New York University Proficiency Testing students must complete the 16-point examination, and are awarded 3 college credits. More information about the New York University Proficiency Testing can be found at: 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.