Course Placement Options

Math and Writing placement are required for all incoming degree-seeking students. Use our Placement Tool to help you determine which of our Placement Options is best for you.

Placement Tool

Discover which placement option is right for you.

Placement Request

Submit a placement request for math and writing.

Assessment Scoring Ranges

Find your score to see where you placed.

Accepted Transcripts and Documents for Placement​

Look to see what documents are accepted for placement.*
Students who do not meet any of the following options for Math and Writing placement will be required to take a placement assessment.

Transcript from Another Regionally Accredited College

Completion of a math, writing, and/or reading courses with a grade of “C” or better at another regionally accredited college. Please have your official transcript sent to Student Records (must be an OFFICIAL transcript).

Cumulative High School Grade Point Average (CGPA)
Students who have graduated from high school with a standard high school diploma within the last five years and have a cumulative high school GPA of a 3.0 or higher. High school transcripts must include your date of graduation. Math placement into MTH095 or MTH098 only. Writing placement into WR115 only.
Placement Assessments

If you have taken an ACCUPLACER or ALEKS assessments within the last two (2) years, BMCC will use your placement scores for your initial math and writing placement. If you took your assessments at another college, please have your scores emailed to directly from the college where you took the assessment.

AP or CLEP Test Scores

AP math or writing tests taken within the last three (3) years. Have scores mailed to us from The College Board. Check the link below for more information.

GED Transcripts

Students who have completed their GED within the last two years can have their transcripts mailed to BMCC for review. Transcripts can be ordered from

*Documents can be emailed to or dropped off at any BMCC location. Official transcripts should be sent directly to Student Records. Official transcripts or documents can also be mailed to BMCC Attn: Student Records, 2411 NW Carden Ave, Pendleton, OR  97801. Please contact Student Records for more information: 541-278-5759.

Other Resources

NOTE: Placement scores from ACCUPLACER Writing and ALEKS Math assessments are uploaded to our system three times daily.

Scores are also available for you to view and download on their websites using login information for ACCUPLACER and ALEKS.

Blue Mountain Community College requires an ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) Assessment to determine readiness for mathematics courses. ALEKS PPL is a web-based program that uses artificial intelligence to map a student’s strengths and weaknesses. The Placement Assessment is up to 30 questions and generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete. After the Placement Assessment, an individualized Prep and Learning Module is available for students to refresh their knowledge on forgotten topics. Students then have the opportunity to reassess and improve their placement.

ALEKS consists of three parts:

  • An Initial Placement Assessment
  • The Prep and Learning Module, an individualized, self-paced online review
  • Access to 4 additional Placement Assessments


When you request Math Placement, you will receive an email with instructions on how to login and get started on your placement assessment.

For more information on the ALEKS Math placement assessment, visit You can also download our Placement Guidance Page for more information.


ALEKS Placement Guidance >

BMCC Math Progression Chart >

The WritePlacer essay measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to your academic success. Your score is based on your ability to express, organize, and support your opinions and ideas. The position you take on the essay topic doesn’t affect your score.

There are two ways to take the WritePlacer assessement:

  • In-person by appointment at one of our BMCC Testing Centers. A staff person will contact you to make an appointment.
  • Remote online proctor using a testing voucher. Vouchers are sent to your BMCC email address and are valid for 14 days.

When you request Writing Placement, you will receive either an email with instructions for in-person testing, or a voucher with instructions how to register for an online scheduled placement assessment.

Prior to requesting placement, we encourage students to review the practice assessments provided by ACCUPLACER. Select the link below to access these free study tools and practice tests.

Practice for ACCUPLACER>  Be sure you scroll down to WritePlacer Guide with Sample Essays.  DO NOT use the Writing Sample Questions since that is the wrong test and the practice will not help you.

Note: The College Board is using a third-party service (Examity) to proctor remote online assessments. Please be sure to review the Examity requirements by selecting the link below.

Examity for Students >

Writing Progression Chart >

Your math and writing placement will depend on your score by assessment type. Select the chart below to see the scoring ranges for each subject. 

Math and Writing Placement >

Placement scores are valid for 2 years and may be used for placement into courses that require a Math or Writing pre-requisite. Scores are not valid for credit.

Do you need your placement scores sent to another college for review? Fill out the form below and attach a valid photo ID. If you have taken your placement assessments through BMCC, we will send the scores to another college for you.

Request to Release Assessment Scores >

See a list of our current Math and Writing course offerings.

Mathematics Course Descriptions

Writing Course Descriptions

Got Questions?

 Please contact the BMCC Testing Center for assistance 541-278-5931 or

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