quinebaug valley community college

Assessment Testing

Why do you have to take a placement test?

The Basic Skills Assessment (BSA), is used to determine the correct level of course placement in English and math as an entering student.  Once you have taken the test, you can meet with an advisor, review the results and select the appropriate courses.

The test assesses Reading comprehension, Sentence skills, Arithmetic, and/or Algebra

Schedule a Placement Test


You may be exempt from the BSA if you:

  • Have taken the SAT or ACT test.  Bring a copy of your test scores to any QVCC advisor for evaluation.
  • Have completed an associate, bachelor or higher college degree.
  • Are a transfer student and have submitted official transcripts showing proof of successful completion of both an English composition and college level mathematics course.
  • Are a non-degree student who is seeking to enroll in an occasional course for personal enrichment, or for no more than six (6) credits.

If you fit any of the criteria above, complete the Assessment Testing Exemption form.


What do I need to bring?

The assessment takes approximately two hours to complete.  You need to have a photo ID and QVCC Banner student ID number.  Arrive fifteen minutes before your Basic Skills Assessment is scheduled to begin.  If you arrive late you will have to reschedule your appointment.

Paper and pencils will be provided by the administrator.  Do not bring calculators, books, or notes.
The assessment is un-timed, computerized, and multiple choice.  You cannot “pass” or “fail” the skills assessment, but it is very important that you do your very best on these assessments so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skill.


English as a Second Language

If English is not your first language, in most cases you should take the ESL Test.  The test will determine your ESL level or place you into a mainstream English course if that is more appropriate for you.

The test has two parts:

  • 40 multiple-choice questions on grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, and reading comprehension, and
  • an essay you will write by hand.

The test is in English, and all instructions are given in English.  You cannot use a dictionary or an electronic translator, and you cannot bring friends or family members into the testing room to interpret for you.