Placement Testing at BSU
The Board of Higher Education of Massachusetts requires state universities, colleges, and community colleges to administer placement tests in reading and mathematics to all new first-year students. Placement testing at Bridgewater State University is, therefore, mandatory. Placement test scores are used in connection with other factors to inform course selection for math and English courses. Students' skills are assessed in three broad areas: mathematics, reading, and writing.
Information for Students
If you were recently accepted to BSU and have decided to attend our university, first off, congratulations! We're excited that you're joining our university! By now, you've probably gotten word that you'll need to sign up for placement testing and orientation before you begin studying here at BSU. If you are an incoming first-year student, you'll need to complete placement testing. If you are an incoming transfer student, you may or may not need to complete placement testing, depending on your academic history at your previous institution(s). For more information, visit our placement testing FAQs page.
BSU uses the computer adaptive ACCUPLACER exam for mathematics and English placement testing. In the adaptive method, questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. To learn more about a particular placement exam, click on one of the tabs below.
All new matriculated students will take the Elementary Algebra exam. If students perform well enough on this exam, you will automatically be administered the College-Level Math exam. More +
Reading & Writing
All new matriculated students will take the Reading Comprehension exam and will compose an essay during new student orientation; some students, mainly transfers, may need to take the Sentence Skills exam. More +
Students who live a considerable distance from the BSU campus (100 miles or greater) may opt to take their mathematics and reading placement exams remotely, at a qualified institution of their choice. More +