NJ Biology Competency Test

The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT)

The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is a State test given to students to measure whether they have gained the knowledge and skills identified in the Biology section of the Science Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS). The CCCS adopted by the State Board of Education, identify what students should know and be able to do at the end of various benchmark years. In May 2008, all New Jersey public high school students enrolled in a requisite Biology course were required to participate in the End of Course Biology Test, which replaced HSPA Science. In 2010, the End of Course Biology test was renamed New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT). For the NJBCT, all New Jersey public high school students, regardless of grade level, who are enrolled in a Biology course or content equivalent during the school year must take the test, regardless of prior testing exposure and experience.

Further information about the NJBCT and questions and answers can be found in "Your Guide to the New Jersey Biology Competency Test, May 2017." Sample test items can also be found in the May 2017 New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) "Student Preparation Booklet." 

Regular Testing will occur on May 31st and June 1st

Make-up Testing will occur on June 7th and June 8th

Each testing session is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes long.

Sample questions can be found on the Department of Education, Office of Assessment website.

 

This assessment is required by the State of New Jersey and the Federal government.