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BMCC Placement Test - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to schedule to take the test?

A: On-campus students do not need to schedule.  Online students do need to schedule and can do so by calling (906) 248-8418.

Q: What do I need to bring with me?  Do I need a calculator?

A: Students will need to bring a picture ID with them (as proof of their identity) and will also need their seven digit student ID number.  A calculator is provided on the test.

Q: What if I’ve taken the test before?

A: Test results are good for three years.  If it has been longer than three years and you have taken a break between semesters, you will need to retest.

Q: If I took the test for another school, does it count?

A: Placement scores from other schools count as long as they are less than three years old.  If they are older than three years, you will need to retest.  Also, if you took the “E-Write” section rather than the “Writing” section, you may need to take just the writing portion of the test.

Q: I’m not happy with my scores, what do I do?

A: If you are unhappy with your scores, retesting is available.  Each retest will cost $5.00, regardless of how many sections of the test are taken.  Please remember that although you may be unhappy with your scores, the course recommendation you initially received is likely to be the course that you will be most successful in.

Q: Is there a practice test that I can take to prepare for the actual test?

A: This web page http://www.act.org/compass/sample/ includes sample questions that are similar to questions you will see on the placement test.

Q: Do I need computer skills to be able to take the test?

A: The placement test is designed to be user friendly for anyone – even those with no computer experience.  The only skill that you will need is the ability to click with a mouse.

Q: When will I get my results?

A: You will receive your results immediately after testing.  Online students will be sent their course recommendations via email.

Q: What if I need certain accommodations?

A: Please contact Kelly Bedell, at (906) 248-8432 or by email at kbedell@bmcc.edu as soon as possible if you would like to request accommodations for testing.  Please be prepared to provide appropriate documentation.