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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.
Student Identification Number is required. To schedule an appointment, call 360.679.5319 or visit Old Main, Room 100.
Social Security Number and receipt of payment is required. For Non-SVC Students, and re-takes, a $15 test fee is required, payable at the Cashier Window (Old Main, Room 115), open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Please bring receipts to Student Services (Old Main, Room 100) to schedule test date and time.
Testing Location and Times
The testing center is located at Hayes Hall, Room 109. Test start times are absolute and the testing center will be closed after tests have begun. Late arrivals will need to make another appointment. Test times are as follows:
Note: Testing center space is limited to 15 testers.
Please arrive fifteen minutes before schedule testing time. A current photo ID and Student ID number (or receipt of payment if a Non-SVC Student/ retaking test) is required. Individuals with special needs or accommodations may contact Disability Access Services at 360.679.5393.
If you have a financial need when retaking the test or you are a non-SVC student, see the Financial Aid Coordinator to obtain a fee waiver, in lieu of the test fee. Bring receipt/waiver with you to schedule an appointment.
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.
Skagit Valley College
2405 E College Way
Mount Vernon WA 98273