Who Needs to Test | Kinds of Tests  | Testing Hours | Conditions

Important Information:

On November 30, 2016, the COMPASS placement test will be discontinued nationally. We will continue to offer the COMPASS math placement test through November 30, 2016. Our testing pages will be updated with information concerning the new math placement test that will begin December 1, 2016.

North’s last day to administer the COMPASS English placement is October 31, 2016. Our new English Placement test—Wonderlic—will start November 1, 2016.

The placement test fee will change November 1 to $30 for a combined test fee—if the math and English placement tests are taken together, the cost will be $30.

If taken separately:

  • The math placement test cost will be $30 per sitting.
  • The English placement test cost will be $30 per sitting.

COMPASS test scores for math are good for one year, and English scores are good for two years. If you need a printout of your COMPASS score, we are able to print your score going back to December 1, 2014.

Who Needs to Test?

Most students who are entering degree, certificate or college transfer programs at North Seattle College are required to take English and math placement tests.

Testing is also required for all other students who wish to enroll in English or math courses that list placement test scores as a prerequisite. (Check the online schedule for the listing of classes and their prerequisites.)

If you have placement test scores or coursework from other colleges, you may not need to test. Bring your placement test scores or college transcript with you when you attend a new student orientation or meet with an advisor. You may also check with the Testing Center about eligibility of external scores or past placement tests taken at North.

Kinds of Tests

  • The Testing Center provides testing for English and math placement (COMPASS), CASAS (ESL and ABE) and GED.
  • HESI PN Exit Test: Visit the HESI PN Exit Test page for test instructions.

Please see the appropriate sections (at left) for details pertaining to the above tests.

  • North now provides the TOEFL test for international students. These are the dates for upcoming tests:

Friday, June 3, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
Friday, December 02, 2016

Testing Hours

See the Testing Calendar for available dates and times for COMPASS, CASAS (ESL and ABE). GED exams are to be scheduled at GED.com

All testing procedures require a valid Photo ID to be presented before you may test.

Testing Conditions

Please bring a quarter (25 cent coin) for the locker which will be returned to you at the end of your exam.

Learn more about What to Bring, How Much Time to Allow on Day of Test and Parking.


Testing Contacts

Telephone: (206) 934-3674



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