- What is the BSA?
Do I need to take the BSA?
Who is exempt from taking the BSA?
What do I need to bring with me?
How can I refresh my skills?
Students with Disabilities
To help you start with a solid college foundation, the Basic Skills Assessment (BSA) using the Accuplacer Online system is used to to determine the appropriate math and English courses for you to enroll in at the college. The test includes: reading comprehension, sentence skills, arithmetic and/or algebra.
The results will be used by an advisor to help students select courses that are most appropriate.
- All new students enrolled in a degree or certificate program.
- Any student transferring to QVCC who has not successfully completed both an English composition and a college level Mathematics course at another college.
- Any QVCC student who has not taken the BSA and has accumulated 6 or more credits.
- Any student registering for a course with a Math or English prerequisite.
- Students who have completed an associate, bachelor's or higher college degree.
- Transfer students who submit official transcripts showing proof of successful completion of both an English composition and college level Mathematics course.
- Non-degree students seeking to enroll in an occasional course for personal enrichment, or for no more than six (6) credits.
- Students seeking to enroll only in English as a Second Language courses.
Students who have taken the SAT or ACT and scored at a level that makes them exempt.
- Students with a documented SAT Writing or Critical Reading score ≥ 450 or an ACT English and Reading score ≥ 47 qualify for exemption from the English component of the BSA.
- Students with a documented SAT Math score ≥ 500 or an ACT Math score ≥ 22 qualify for exemption from the Math component of the BSA.
Exemption Form needs to be submitted to the Student Services Office, with required documentation.What do I need to bring?
Students are REQUIRED to bring:
- Banner Student Identification Number (located on QVCC acceptance letter/email)
- Photo ID
- On average the assessment takes approximately 2 hours to complete. Please plan your time accordingly.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your Basic Skills Assessment is scheduled to begin:
- If you arrive late you will have to reschedule your appointment .
- Please note that QVCC does not use the Written Essay portion of the BSA.
- 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.
If you have a physical or other disability that will prevent you from taking the assessments under standard conditions or format, contact the Director of Disability Services, James Grimord, 860-412-7215, before scheduling your appointment.