Assessment and Testing Center

Welcome to the Assessment and Testing Center. We are dedicated to accessible and accurate placement and assessment services in a supportive, constructive manner for students, the college, and the greater community, enabling people to move forward in realizing their educational and personal goals.

Assessment and Testing Center Calendar


What types of tests are offered at Bates?

Accuplacer Test   

Students seeking entry into a career education program at the college take the Accuplacer test. This is an untimed, computerized test that will determine your career and academic placement. The test is offered at the Downtown Campus on a walk-in basis.  Individuals must present a valid state/government photo identification and pay non-refundable fee of $25 for the Accuplacer test at the cashier office.

General Education Development (GED)®

Bates Technical College provides General Education Development (GED® ) testing to those who have not completed the requirements to earn a high school diploma and who wish to earn a GED® certificate. Cost for the complete GED® battery is $120, or $30 per test or retest. 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The nationally-recognized CLEP examination program consists of general as well as subject-specific examinations in which students can earn college level credits. CLEP allows students to demonstrate specific knowledge or skills gained through professional training, outside courses, or independent study that is equivalent to what is taught in a college course.  The total payment for each CLEP test is $99.95.


There may be other ways to meet your testing requirements such as:

Smarter Balanced

  • For English, you scored a level 2 which equals ENG 91, or you scored a level 3 or 4 which equals ENGL& 101.
  • For Math, you scored a level 3 or 4 with a grade B or higher. High school transcript required.
  • All Smarter Balanced scores must be within 1 year of graduation AND must meet required Articulation Agreement.

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Some programs may require additional testing prior to enrollment. Please contact the Assessment Center at or 253.680.7030 with any questions.

Bates Technical College is operating remotely, with limited labs on campus. We’re here to help you virtually. Learn more about our efforts to keep students and employees healthy and safe on the COVID-19 resource page.