Placement Testing

Who has to take the placement test?

Anyone who intends to earn a degree or certificate at Shoreline Community College needs to take the COMPASS or ASSET test. If you have at least 35 credits from other colleges in college level English or Math, or if you have recent test scores from another college you may not need to take the test. Please talk to your advisor for more information. >Testing Center


Do I have to take the classes recommended by my test scores?

The classes recommended are usually your best choice. Assessment is a way of testing your level of knowledge in certain subjects. This will give you and your advisor a way to place you in appropriate classes. You should discuss your course placement in Math and English courses with your advisor.


Can I retake the test?

Yes, you can retake any section of the COMPASS test anytime. However, you must wait 30 days before re-taking the ASSET. The cost is $15 each time.  If your score doesn't improve even after you spend time preparing for the test (some practice questions can be found at, it is best to register for the recommended course. Call the Testing Center (located in the 5000 building) at (206) 546-4608, to schedule a retake. >Testing Center