All of us at Bakersfield College want to make sure you are successful in your academic career. That is why we provide an Assessment Test that helps to determine your skill and placement level for English, Reading, and Mathematics.
All new students must complete the Assessment Test or be exempted by a Counselor or Educational Advisor. You may be exempt if you have completed both college level English and Mathematics at another institution with a grade of C or higher. (Contact the Counseling Department if you meet this criteria.)
If you speak a language other than English with your family or if you first learned to read and write in a language other than English, the Assessment Test will direct you to take the English for Multilingual Speakers (EMLS) version.
By placing you in the courses that match your skill level, we dedicate ourselves to help you become successful at Bakersfield College! We use the Assessment Test results with other criteria (like your high school or other college/university transcripts, AP or IB test results, etc.) to help our Counselors and Educational Advisors determine your comprehensive course placement.
Check out our hours on the left.The assessment test is a proctored exam. We administer the test on a walk-In, first-come first-served basis based upon available seating.Our Assessment Center staff will set you up to take the assessment test any time during our regular daily testing hours. Review the Assessment Test Details section for Assessment Test requirements. (Currently, the assessment test is only offered at designated proctor sites.
Assessment Test Details
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