Placement Based on Testing At Other Schools

English | Math

English

Students with recent COMPASS test scores will receive a placement. (See our interactive form.)

If you who have already completed English placement testing or college-level English courses at another institution you may not need to test. Bring unofficial transcripts or placement test results to the Advising office or a START New Student Orientation for review.  You will need to re-test if your English placement test scores are more than two years old.  (See the Health & Human Services Division regarding program entrance and testing policies for their programs.) 

Students who meet the criteria below  are eligible for placement into English 101, 099/101, 97/98, 95/96:

ENGL& 101

Compass test scores (valid 2 yrs)

Combined Read/Writing Score

84 or above

ENGL& 101

Asset test scores      
(valid 2 yrs)

Reading 43 or above &

Writing 45 or above

ENGL& 101

Accuplacer test scores (valid 2 yrs)

Reading 86 or above &

Sentence skills 86 or above

ENGL& 101

SAT Reading & Writing (valid 5 yrs)

Reading 460 or above &

Writing 460 or above

ENGL& 101

ACT Reading & English scores (valid 5 yrs)

Reading 19 or above &

English 19 or above

ENGL& 101

Completed ENGL 096 at SCCC

Grade 2.5
or above

Provide transcript

ENGL& 101

Completed ENGL 096 or 098 at SSCC

Grade 2.0
or above &

Provide transcript

ENGL& 101

Completed ENGL& 101 @another college

Grade 1.0 or above 

Provide transcript

ENGL& 101

Completed ENGL& 102 @another college

Any grade

Provide transcript

ENGL& 101

TOEFL test scores/computer  (valid 2 yrs)

Score of 72-73

Minimum of 18 on all sections

ENGL& 101

IELTS test scores  (valid 2 yrs)

Score of 
6.5

Minimum 6.0 on all sections

ENGL& 099/101

Compass test scores (valid 2 yrs)

Combined Read/Writing Score

81 or above

ENGL 97/98

TOEFL test scores/computer  (valid 2 yrs)

Score of 
64 -71

Minimum of 15 on all sections

ENGL 97/98

IELTS test scores  (valid 2 yrs)

Score of 
6.0

Minimum 5.5 on all sections

ENGL 95/96

TOEFL test scores/computer  (valid 2 yrs)

Score of  56-63

Minimum of 15 on all sections

ENGL 95/96

IELTS test scores (valid 2 yrs)

Score of 
5.5

Minimum 5.0 on all sections

*For information regarding reciprocity, see the Advising Office.

Students with scores below the cutoffs listed above need to take the COMPASS test at North*

Only COMPASS test scores from other colleges can be converted to a combined test score here at North. 

See the Testing website: https://northseattle.edu/testing/calculate-your-english-placement or Advising for details about score conversion and placement

ESL:  North does not accept ESL test scores or courses from other schools for placement into North ESL classes.  You will need to take the ESL test at North.

Math

Other Colleges:  We accept math results from most placement tests given by accredited colleges or universities in the U.S.*  For math, we place the student based on the other school’s course placement, except for COMPASS test results.  We place the student based on the COMPASS math scores and we give a placement according to North’s score matrix.  Students retest if their math scores are more than 1 year old.  

Seattle Public Schools Students: Use your high school transcript for placement into intermediate algebra or college level math. Find more information on our website at:  https://northseattle.edu/scores/placement-test-scores

ACT and SAT Math – Bring score reports to the Advising Office or a START New Student Orientation.

 

North Course

SAT Reading   AND

SAT Writing

Timeframe

ENGL 101

460

460

5 years

North Course

ACT Reading   AND

ACT English

 

ENGL 101

19

19

5 years

North Course

ACT math score

SAT math score

MATH 107

22

520

MATH 116/141/146

23 OR 24

N/A

MATH 151

25+

N/A

Timeframe

3 years

3 years

 Qualifying college-level math courses with a grade of 2.0 or better, completed within the last 2 years, may be used for placement.  Bring unofficial transcripts to the Advising Office or a START New Student Orientation for review.  (See the Health & Human Services Division regarding program entrance and testing policies, which may differ from the above.) 

   *For information regarding reciprocity,
see the Advising Office.

Placement Tests Contacts

Telephone: (206) 934-3674

Hours: View Testing Calendar

Location:

CC 2459C (Southeast section of the East wing of the College Center, 2nd floor)
Southeast section of the East wing of the College Center, 2nd floor
 

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