Most students starting a degree, certificate or college transfer program are required to take English and math placement tests to evaluate their skills. Testing is also required of students who want to enroll in English or math courses or in other courses that list placement test scores as a prerequisite. Go to the Testing Center during drop-in placement hours to test.
Other options for placement:
- ACT or SAT scores
If you have qualifying ACT or SAT scores you can use them for placement.
- Seattle Public Schools high school transcript
If you are a Seattle Public Schools graduate you can use your high school transcript for placement in intermediate algebra or college level math. A COMPASS placement test is still required for English
SPS Math request form
SPS Math matrix
- Placement test from another college
If you have completed placement testing at another college or university within the last year (math) or two years (English), you may be able to use it for placement.
- College-level Math or English classes
Math placement testing may not be required if you have successfully completed a qualifying math class at another college or university within one year. English placement is not required if you have successfully completed college-level English Composition at another college or university at any time.
To use any of these options, you can e-mail, fax or bring your unofficial transcripts/test scores to Advising or to a START New Student Orientation to receive entry codes for registration.