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The COMPASS test is an untimed, computer-based, multiple choice placement tool for writing, reading and math courses. The first test is free to new students; re-take fees are $15.00. The math portion of the test is adaptive, meaning it will automatically increase or decrease the difficulty and content of each question depending on the correctness of each preceding question. The math department recommends doing each problem with paper and pencil, and calculator when appropriate, and then selecting the best answer provided. Reviewing sample math material is highly recommended prior to taking the placement test.
To schedule a COMPASS appointment at Mount Vernon Campus login to www.skagit.edu/compassreg. You will need your Student Identification number (SID) and PIN. If you do not know your SID and password, please call Admissions at (360) 416-7697.
To schedule a COMPASS appointment at Whidbey Island Campus: 360.679.5319; San Juan Center: 360.378.3220; South Whidbey Center: 360.341.2324.
Refresh your skills: Preparation may enable you to place into more advanced courses; not preparing may result in placement into developmental/review classes, using valuable time and tuition dollars.
There are several sites offering practice questions and sample COMPASS problems for various levels of math. Sites we recommend:
If you have taken math or English at a previous college, you may not need to take the COMPASS test for placement. Please provide a transcript for verification in your advising session.
COMPASS score reports from a test taken at another institution within the last three years will be accepted and recorded on the SVC database, if they are sent directly from that testing office (by FAX or mail) to the Admissions office.
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