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Placement Testing at BSU

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Notification Alert: Testing Services COVID-19 Alert

COVID-19 update April 28, 2020

All exams scheduled through July 1, 2020 are canceled. Please check your email for specific information from your exam vendor. We are here to help you. Testing staff are working remotely at this time and are monitoring our emails and phone calls Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. so that we can support you. Please email testing@bridgew.edu for any questions.
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New Student Placement Testing

Complete placement testing before June 15, 2020 and enter to win the BEARS Placement Raffle.

The Board of Higher Education of Massachusetts requires state universities, colleges, and community colleges to administer placement tests in English 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 may have 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 placement testing and a handwritten essay created by our English faculty for writing placement testing. To learn more about a particular placement exam, click on one of the tabs below.

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All incoming first-year students, and certain transfer students, will take math placement tests before attending BSU. We offer an online prep course and other resources to help students prepare. More info +
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All incoming first-year students, and certain transfer students, will take reading and writing placement tests before attending BSU. Sample questions are available to help students prepare. More info +
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Students who live a considerable distance from the BSU campus may opt to take their placement tests remotely, at a qualified institution of their choice. More info +