COMPASS is a tool developed by ACT Inc. to measure writing, reading and math skills. This test is used for placement into academic courses required for certificate and degree programs and as a prerequisite for entrance into select technical programs. The test is not timed and retests can be arranged. COMPASS is user friendly, and we have practice tests before each session so students can become familiar with the format. The computer selects questions based on questions you've previously answered. Our staff are available to assist as needed.
There is a non-refundable fee of $19.00, payable at the cashier in Building 17. Photo ID and receipt for payment are necessary before testing. In the event of technical difficulties, results are printed as soon as possible. There may be a fee to retest. Please bring your photo and signature ID. Without either, you may take the test but not receive your results at the end of the period.
For COMPASS accommodations, contact our Student Disabilities Specialist at 253-589-5767 prior to testing.
COMPASS is a computerized adaptive test that measures skills in reading, writing and math to determine readiness for college-level courses in these areas.
COMPASS scores indicate strengths and can identify problems in academic areas before they disrupt the educational process. Advisors meet with students after testing to determine their next step, as research shows that students placed at the proper start point have a higher success rate. If skill building is necessary, students are given the necessary information on resources and services to prepare for their technical program at Clover Park Technical College. Admissions and registration are available for those who are ready to start programs.
Potential students must take COMPASS before entering most technical programs. Students who have taken the writing, math or algebra COMPASS at another institution within the last two years can use that test record to enter Clover Park Technical College. The Student Advising Report must be stamped in Assessment before registration.
No. COMPASS is used as an advising tool. Some technical programs have established cut-off scores for enrollment; refer to the catalog for these programs.
In order to receive Financial Aid you must have a High School Diploma or a High School Equivalency.
Relax! The COMPASS test process is designed to help you succeed. Your score helps you and the advising staff determine which program is most appropriate for you current level of knowledge and skills. Once your academic strengths and weaknesses are identified, help is available should you need to improve any skills before they can interfere with your learning.
Rest and eat properly prior to the test. Arrive early to find parking, Building 17, the cashier, Assessment Center (Room 210), bathrooms, seating, and to gather your thoughts before the test begins.
Ask questions to clarify any information or directions before the test session begins.
The test is not timed. However, it could take approximately two hours to complete. Please do not bring or leave children unattended on the College campus during the testing process.
Read each question carefully until you understand what the question is asking. If answering any item requires several steps, be sure you consider all of them.
Be sure to answer every item. There is no penalty if you must guess. Your score will provide more useful placement information if you answer every item. Do not be afraid to change an answer if you believe that your first choice was wrong.
If you have a problem or question during the test, ask the examiner or proctor for assistance. She/he cannot help you with specific test information, but can help you with problems related to computer use.
Cheating will not be tolerated. If suspected, the testing session will be terminated. Penalties may include, but are not limited to: cancellation of scores and an imposed waiting period before retesting.
No dictionaries or study aids are allowed during testing. A calculator will be provided for you. You may not use your own. Scratch paper will also be available if you find the use of the calculator too difficult. Scratch paper and calculator will be picked up at the end of the testing session.
You may exit the test session if you are unable to complete your work. You may return on another day to complete your test.