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What is the COMPASS Test?

The COMPASS placement test is utilized to enroll in English, Mathematics, and other courses which list a COMPASS score pre-requisite.

Skagit Valley College offers the COMPASS test to accurately place students. The COMPASS test is not like a traditional pass or fail test. There is no "passing" score. Rather, scores indicate areas in which you are strong and areas in which you may need help. The COMPASS test is a computer-based assessment and is not timed. Whatever the results, Skagit Valley College has a starting place for you.

Registering for and Taking the COMPASS Test

Please choose the location below that will best serve you for more details regarding the schedule process.

Arrive fifteen minutes before your scheduled testing time. A current photo ID and Student ID number (or receipt of payment if a Non-SVC Student/ retaking test) is required.

Note that test start times are absolute and the testing room will be closed after tests have begun. Late arrivals will need to make another appointment.

Mount Vernon
Whidbey Island
San Juan Center
South Whidbey Center
  • Mount Vernon Testing Center
    Testing Location:
    Lewis Hall Room L206
    2405 East College Way
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273

    To schedule a COMPASS appointment you will need your Student Identification number (SID) and PIN. If you do not know your SID and PIN, please call the Mount Vernon Enrollment Services office at 360-416-7700 or visit the Enrollment Services desk in Lewis Hall on the first floor.

    Individuals needing accommodations should contact Disability Access Services at 360-416-7958.

    Schedule your COMPASS test at the Mount Vernon Campus

  • Whidbey Island Test Center
    Testing Location:
    Hayes Hall Room 109
    1900 SE Pioneer Way
    Oak Harbor, WA 98277

    To schedule a COMPASS appointment you will need your Student Identification number (SID) and PIN. If you do not know your SID and PIN, please call Whidbey Island Student Services 360-679-5319 or visit Old Main Room 100.

    Test times are as follows:

    • Wednesday – 12:45 p.m. for 1 p.m. test; 4:45 p.m. for 5 p.m. test
    • Saturday – 8:45 a.m. for 9 a.m test

    Individuals needing accommodations should contact Disability Access Services at 360-679-5393.

    Schedule your COMPASS test at the Whidbey Island Campus

  • San Juan Center
    221 Weber Way
    Friday Harbor, WA 98250

    Schedule your COMPASS test at the San Juan Center by calling 360-378-3220.

  • South Whidbey Center
    The South Whidbey Center is located within South Whidbey High School
    Room 137
    5675 Maxwelton Road
    Langley, WA 98260

    Schedule your COMPASS test at the South Whidbey Center by calling 360-341-2324.

Taking the COMPASS Test as a Non-SVC Student

If you are not planning to attend SVC but need to take the COMPASS test, there is a $15 test fee which is payable at the Cashier Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Proof of this payment and a phone number or social security number is required to schedule your test.

Preparing for the COMPASS Test

Study to take the COMPASS test! You want your results to reflect the information you truly know; therefore, if you haven’t been to school in a while, it might take some preparation to dust off that information in your mind. Because this test indicates which classes you will take (which is an investment of time and money for you), we want the results to place you where you truly belong. By preparing for the test, you can assure you are in the best courses to continue on your educational journey.

Practice COMPASS Test:

Practicing for the COMPASS English Placement Test
We recommend this site as one for English practice and review:

Practicing for the COMPASS Math Placement Test
There are several sites offering practice questions and sample COMPASS problems for various levels of math. Sites we recommend:

  1. Interactive sample assessment diagnostic test.
    • Click "Create an account and enroll" button at the bottom of the page.
    • Fill in the boxes to quickly and easily create a free WAMAP account.
    • Once done, you will be taken directly to Skagit Valley College's Practice Site for the COMPASS test.

Retaking the COMPASS Test

You may request a retest in any of the three COMPASS subjects. The cost is $15.00. Students will be placed into classes using the higher of the two scores.

Relaxation Techniques for Test Anxiety

  • Sit quietly and comfortably with eyes closed.
  • Systematically relax your muscles, beginning with your feet and moving up your body. Tense each muscle group and then release. Allow streams of relaxation to flow through your body.
  • As distractions come into your mind, let them go, you can deal with them later. Stay in the moment.
  • Continue to relax and breathe for 10-20 minutes once or twice a day.