Bakersfield College

Placement Test Practice & Preparation

Practice & Prepare!

All of us at Bakersfield College want to make sure you are successful in your academic career. That is why we have provided practice and preparation resources in English, Reading, and Mathematics to help prepare you for the Placement Test.

Your Placement Test results will help to determine your English, Reading, and Mathematics course placement at Bakersfield College.These courses are the basis (and most often the prerequisites) for almost all other classes.

Two students studying togetherThe Placement Test will determine your skill level in these areas, so it is important that you try to do your best. Placing you in appropriate skill level courses has been shown to greatly increase your chances of success at Bakersfield College.

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  1. Step 1: Apply
  2. Step 2: Orientation
  3. Step 3: Placement Test
  4. Step 4: Ed Plan
  5. Step 5: Register for Classes
  6.   FAQ's

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Placement and Testing Center
(661) 395-4479

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Tips For Success

  • Review English, Reading, and Mathematics subjects that you will be tested on. Reviewing and studying will help improve your Placement Test results, particularly if you have been out of school for a long time or if you have not taken coursework in English, Reading, or Mathematics for over a year. See Study Resources below for review sites and Placement Test practice options.
  • Familiarize yourself with the type of test questions that are given on the Placement Test. Sample test questions are available in the Study Resources section below. Understanding the format of the test questions can decrease your anxiety and help you focus on taking the Placement Test.
  • Get a good night's sleep, have a light meal or snack and drink plenty of water before the test. Being dehydrated, tired, or hungry can hurt your performance on the Placement Test. Take the test at a time when you are most alert.
  • Work carefully and at your own pace. The Placement Tests are computerized and adaptive. This means that the test will change its level of difficulty based on your performance. The more you answer questions correctly, the higher your placement will be. You will be unable to change your answers once you have submitted them.
  • Answer every question. You are not penalized for guessing.
  • Do not rush. These tests are very important. You should plan to spend about 2 - 2.5 hours on the tests. Schedule your time wisely so that you do not have to rush to finish the test.

Study Resources

Bakersfield College uses the ACCUPLACER Assessment Test. Many of the resources below are geared toward the types of questions that will be asked on the test.



English & Reading Resources

Math Resources


Bakersfield College Plato Preparation

High school students can choose to Self-Enroll into Plato study courses for ACCUPLACER.

  • Navigate to Login Registration for Self-Enrollment for Plato Courseware.
  • Enter the Class ID and Password to enroll.
  • Class ID:
    Math: de3af56c45010bc2545c5dfe6264376b
    Reading: 90fd3cfc522ea31f6bcf78f59f98d858
    Sentence skills: 7c50b37b651223633628cc795396594a
  • Password: accuplacer
  • On the next screen, enter your name. Your Plato Name is your name. You will also be asked to create a Password.
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