Frequently Asked Questions

What subjects are covered by the COMPASS and GED tests?

The COMPASS test covers reading and writing to determine English placement, and math.

The new online GED test covers Reasoning (language arts), math, science and social studies.


How long does each test take?

The COMPASS test is not timed, but here are the average amounts of time for each test.

     Math..............................45 minutes

     Reading and Writing......1-1/4 hours (75 min.)



Reasoning......... 2 hrs. 30 min.
Math.................  1 hr. 55 min.
Science............. 1 hr. 30 min.
Social Studies....1 hr. 30 min.

Where can I find study guides for Compass?

COMPASS - study guides on COMPASS page

COMPASS - general questions:

COMPASS - Math: Math Sample Tests

GED:  We suggest that you either take a GED preparation course (call 206-546-4602) or use the study guides from the GED website.


I need accommodation. Who can I contact for assistance?

The Office of Special Services at 206-546-4545.


What other placement tests does Shoreline Community College accept?

Some scores from Accuplacer are accepted. Contact the Advising Office for more information at 206-546-4559. Shoreline also accepts the ASSET test, a paper version of Compass.


How do I register for classes?

Enrollment Services 206-546-4611.


I have my test results, but I don't agree with the outcome.  What can I do?

Contact the Advising office who can further assist you--206-546-4559.


I'd like to retake the COMPASS test.  How many times can I take it and do I have to pay again?

You can take all or any part of the COMPASS test twice per quarter. The fee is $20 per retake (reading, writing and/or math).