ACCUPLACER Frequently Asked Questions

Contact UsPhone: 253.680.7030 
Fax: 253.680.7031
Testing@bates.ctc.edu

Bates Technical College Downtown Courtyard

All testing is done at the Downtown Campus, Room A220.

Office Hours:

Mon: 8-4 p.m.
Tue: 8-4 p.m.
Wed: 8-4 p.m. 
Thu: 8-4 p.m.
Fri: 8-4 p.m.

Bates Technical College South Campus

South Campus, Rm. 105 By appt. only

What is the ACCUPLACER? The ACCUPLACER is a computer-based test, designed to assist advisors in placing students in the appropriate level of English and math courses for student success. 

Who needs to take the ACCUPLACER test? Students whose first language is English, and non-native English speakers who read and write English fluently, are required to take the ACCUPLACER placement test prior to enrolling into a degree or certificate program. Students with a college transcript showing successful completion of college level math and/or English may not be required to take the ACCUPLACER exam.

Where is it taken? All tests are taken in the Assessment Center, Downtown Campus in Room A220. The office hours are Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. We provide pencils, calculators, and scratch paper. Students must bring in a valid state or government-issued photo ID to take the exams (no exceptions). The tests takes approximately 2.5 hours, however, there is no time limit, so stay calm, relax, and take your time.

How can I make an appointment? There is no appointment necessary; however, payment must be made prior to taking the exams.

How much does it cost? The cost is $25 for all three placement tests, or $10 for individual tests (non-refundable fee). Payment for the exam must be made to the cashier in the Registration Office, Room A210, in the form of a check, credit card or cash.

Are there accommodations for individuals with disabilities? Absolutely, we are committed to helping you succeed. If you have a documented disability and need test accommodations, please make an appointment with our Disability Coordinator, Rhonda Sample at 253.680.7012(v), Relay Services (711).

Can I retake the test? Yes, if a retake is needed. There will be a charge of $10.

What does the ACCUPLACER cover? The ACCUPLACER will assess your understanding of reading, writing and math. The essay section evaluates your skills in grammar, spelling, and your thought process. The math section will test your knowledge in one of three areas: pre-algebra, algebra, or college level math.

Are there study materials for the ACCUPLACER test?  Yes, there are free materials available including a comprehensive practice application and a PDF of sample questions, the ACCUPLACER Study Guide for Students. Another resource is the ACCUPLACER study app, visit accuplacer.collegeboard.org.  We strongly encourage you to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test to improve scores, and to reduce the number of courses in math and English required. Results are valid for two years from the originate test date.

Are there other preparation resources?  BTC wants you to be successful throughout your educational journey by inspiring student learning, challenging greater achievement, and educating for employment. Below is a collection of resources that can help prepare you for the ACCUPLACER test.