English and Math Placement
We offer several ways for you to get your English and math placement.
Do I Need English and Math Placement?
If you do not plan to earn a degree or certificate at BC, and you do not plan to take an English or math class, or a class with an English or math prerequisite requirement, you do not need to complete this process.
To get your English and math placement using the options below, you must first complete the New Student Admission process and set up your NetID and BC email. PLEASE NOTE: If you have just created your Net ID, the webforms may not auto-populate until 12 hours after you create the Net ID.
DO NOT SEND/PAY FOR OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS TO BELLEVUE COLLEGE – They are discarded. Please get your own copy to supply to the placement request directly.
View the Student Central Processing Dashboard for current updates on processing times for placement requests.
Use your U.S. high school transcript for English 101 placement if:
- You currently attend high school, or homeschool or
- You graduated from high school within the last five years, and
- Your transcript shows at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
- You can place into English 101 if you graduated from high school in the last two years and earned at least 2.5 GPA
- Your transcript must show all coursework taken to date
Use your high school transcript for math placement if:
- You currently attend, or graduated from a Public USA high school within the last 5 years, and
- Your math courses meet the standard listed in the
Use your Smarter Balanced Assessment Scores if:
- For English: You graduated within the last one-year
- For Math: Use your score AND the appropriate grade in a high school course
- Submit Smarter Balanced score as Running Start (or)
- You graduated within the last one college quarter (i.e. you graduated in June and you plan to take a math class at BC in summer or fall)
- See the State Smarter Balanced Placement Agreement [PDF]
Use AP/IB/Cambridge Test Scores
This process does not give you credit towards your degree. This process is for placement purposes only. If you want to transfer credit to the college to meet your degree requirements, go to the Transfer to Bellevue College website. We can use AP/IB/some Cambridge for placement.
Submit your unofficial high school documents below:
Submit your unofficial test scores using the button below:
- ALEKS test scores for math – one-year time limit
- ACCUPLACER test scores for English – two-year time limit
If you took English or math at another college, click on the button below to upload a copy of your unofficial transcript.
- Current enrollment in a College/University course: (in-progress coursework)
- Submit screenshots/documentation showing current enrollment in a prerequisite course
- Specify the course you want entry into, this speeds the process
- We will respond with conditions you must agree to
- You may receive conditional clearance with a deadline to provide final grade
- When deadline to provide passing final grade is not met, you may be dropped from the conditionally enrolled course
- This does NOT include college-in-the-high school courses where you cannot show current dual enrollment in an associated college
Reciprocity means that we honor your English or math placement from another Washington state community or technical college. Use the button below to submit your placement documentation.
- Two-year time limit for English
- One-year time limit for math
You can take tests online and from home or another location. For those that need it, we do offer appointments for on-campus testing. Use the button below to request a placement test.
Use this link for information about the tests we offer, including instructions and score charts: Placement Tests and Information
ENGLISH PLACEMENT ONLY: We accept test scores and reports for the following exams:
- SAT if taken within the last five years
- Reading/Writing score of 480 or higher
- ACT if taken within the last five years
- Composite score of 22 or higher
- PSAT if taken in the last two years
- Reading/Writing score of 480 or higher
- GED Language Arts if taken within the last five years
- Submit report for review
- TOEFL and IELTS if taken within the last two years
- Submit the report for review
View the English and math course sequence chart [PDF]. The chart helps you plan for the classes you need based on your BC Pathway.