Before Taking Your Placement Test
We do not have preparation materials for the placement tests, but please be assured that you cannot fail the placement tests. They are not pass/fail tests. The tests are designed purely to determine what material students already know to ensure they start in classes that are neither too easy nor too hard. The tests place students into levels that determine what classes they can start in. Information on what courses are available at each level can be found at https://www.bucks.edu/academics/testing/placement/results/.
Test scores are required of all new, degree-seeking students in Math, Reading, and Writing.
The Reading Test is a 1-hour timed test. It consists of reading passages and multiple-choice questions on those passages. We do not have study materials for the Reading test.
The Writing Test is a 50-minute essay. Students receive a single essay prompt and are asked to respond to it. Essays are encouraged to be 300-500 words; no outside sources or research are permitted. We do not have study materials for the Writing test.
The Math Test is an untimed test consisting of 30 questions. A calculator is built into the program for questions that permit a calculator, and scrap paper is permitted. The topics on the Math test will vary. You will receive survey questions while creating your account to determine your background in Math; the test will then give you different questions on different topics and adapt to get an idea of which topics you have mastered.
We don’t have study materials for before the Math test, but the program has study materials and retest opportunities built into it. The first test is used to set your baseline so that it knows which topics you already know. After the first test, it’ll ask you what topics you’re trying to work your way up to. It’ll then provide you with learning modules that are specifically tailored to cover the material between what you already know and what you’re trying to get up. If you aren’t satisfied with your placement level after the first test, you can unlock up to 3 retests by studying and working in the program’s learning modules. Information on this will be available after you complete the first test.
Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.