Testing Services

Testing Services
Room: Pitkin Education Center, Room S-127
Website: bergen.edu/testing
Phone: (201) 447-7203
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.

ALP/ESL Placement Test – 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 ALP/ESL Placement Test. 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 ALP/ESL Placement Test are then required to take the mathematics portion of the Basic Skills Placement Test.
Under specific conditions, a student may have the ALP/ESL Placement Test and/or mathematics test requirement waived.
Further information about waivers, the ALP/ESL Placement Test, and the ALP is available at the Office of Testing Services.

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 ALP/ESL Placement Test.
To assess basic skills proficiency, Challenge Tests are offered in English, Arithmetic, Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics, American Language Program (ALP/ESL) and Speech.
Challenge tests are offered continuously throughout the year.
The Challenge Test policies and procedures 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. 

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 www.bergen.edu/testing.
Registration for the Proficiency Tests must be completed in person in room S-127.
There is a $30.50 fee for each proficiency test taken.

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 Office of Testing Services 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 Office of Testing Services Policies and Procedures.
Additional information can be found at bergen.edu/testing.