Placement Testing: Compass & ASSET

Compass Test:  $20

Schedule a Test

Make an appointment to take the Compass test or call us at 206-546-4608.

This is a required, computerized placement test for new students entering college for the first time or returning students who are changing careers. The test is untimed and assesses abilities in writing, reading, and mathematics. With this information, students and their advisors will be able to increase chances for success by selecting appropriate classes.


It's advisable to take all three parts at the same time, but one can take the test in segments if needed. The test is not timed, but generally takes 1-1/2 to 2 hours for all three segments.


Compass scores for most programs are valid for 2 years, but some programs require current scores so check with the program you are interested in to get accurate information. Placement (cut scores) can be found at this link to the Advising Center Web page.


Materials will be provided during the test (calculator, pencils). Students may take a break during the exam ONLY after completing a segment of the test. Students will be given their test results immediately after the exam  Keep a copy of your Compass test results and take it with you when you see an advisor.


If you have a BA or BS degree and are returning to college, it may not be necessary for you to take the Compass test. Fax your transcripts to Enrollment Services at 206-546-5835, then make an appointment with an advisor.  For advising appointments call 206-546-4559 or get information online at Student Advising.


Math: If you have questions about math in particular, please email a math advisor at or contact the Science Division at 206- 546-4567 and ask to speak with a math advisor.


Retake Policy

Retake exams cost $20.  For English placement, the test can be taken three times per quarter.  For math, it can be taken twice per quarter. Retakes cannot be taken on the same day as the initial test.  You can schedule a retake exam online.


Compass Test Preparation Links

General Compass prep:




Algebra Learning Modules:

ASSET Test:  $20

This is a paper/pencil test that is similar to the Compass, and is provided only to those who cannot use a computer.  It is has three 25 minute sections.  Results are usually provided the next day after the test is completed.


If you need special/alternate accommodation to take the ASSET test (such as extended time), please provide documentation of your disability to the Office of Special Services (OSS), 206-546-5832.  If approved, OSS will arrange accommodation with the Testing Center.


Sample practice ASSET test here.