Placement Testing


The COMPASS test is an untimed, computer-based, multiple choice placement tool for writing, reading and math course. The first test is free to new students; re-take fees are $15.00. The math portion of the test is adapative, 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.

The math portion of the test may be taken three times during a one month period. Reviewing sample math material is highly recommeded prior to taking the placement test.

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

  1. Videos, Interactive Practice Problems, and Diagnostic Tests.
    • 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.
  2. Sample COMPASS questions.

To schedule a COMPASS appointment, call Mount Vernon Campus: 360.416.7697, Whidbey Island Campus: 360.679.5319, San Juan Center: 360.378.3220, South Whidbey Center: 360.321.2324.

For more information about taking the COMPASS test at SVC visit SVC COMPASS web page.