PLACEMENT 

Most courses at Cascadia require an assessment of a student's skill level in reading, writing, and math in order to determine whether or not a student is prepared to succeed in the courses. These assessments are not pass/fail in nature but are tools to assist advisors with appropriate class selection. Placement in English and math courses can be determined in a variety of ways, including:

 

COMPASS Placement

What is COMPASS?

The COMPASS Placement is an untimed, computerized assessment that has three multiple choice sections (writing, reading, and math). Students cannot pass or fail COMPASS, the results are used to evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses given your current skill level. Scratch paper and pencils are provided. No dictionaries or personal calculators are allowed, but calculators are available on the computers. Results are printed immediately following the completion of COMPASS.

The math section begins at the algebra level. As the questions are answered correctly, they become more difficult. As questions are answered incorrectly, they become less difficult.

  • Valid Photo ID is required
  • Fee is $17 (non-refundable)

NOTE: While there is no specific time limit, we ask that students give themselves enough time, approximately 2 hours to finish. COMPASS Placement must be completed in the same day started. Please allow ample time to complete all three sections before the office closes. Students may take the COMPASS Placement once every 30 days.

Where to Take the COMPASS

  • COMPASS is offered at Kodiak Corner in building CC1.  No appointment necessary; first-come, first-serve basis. 
  • COMPASS Hours
    • Monday 9AM-3PM, Tuesday & Wednesday 9AM-4PM, Thursday 9AM-3PM, Friday 10AM-12PM, Saturday & Sunday CLOSED. 
    • Note: The end times listed above are last seating times for the day. Students who start COMPASS placement at or before those times will have time to complete it before the Kodiak Corner closes for the day.

 

Students with Disabilities

Students with a documented disability can set up a time with the Disability Support Services Office to take the COMPASS Placement in a private room or to set up accommodations for a reader and/or scribe.

Please call 48 hours in advance to schedule an appointment at 425.352.8128.

English as a Second Language Students

Placement for English as a Second Language (ESL) is used to determine the placement level of non-English speakers. Contact the ESL office at 425.352.8158 for ESL placement.

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Placement Reciprocity

Policy

  1. A student who qualifies for a specific level of pre-college math, English, or reading, either through course completion or local skills assessment, will have that course placement level honored at another Washington CTC if the student so requests, even if the courses may not be exact equivalents.
  2. A student who qualifies for entry into college-level math, English, or reading, either through course completion or local skills assessment, will be considered to have met the entry college-level standard at every community and technical college.
  3. Students requesting reciprocity must initiate the process within one year of their initial placement assessment.

 Instructions

  1. Bring your placement documents (COMPASS or Accuplacer score report or other documents) to the Kodiak Corner in building CC1.
  2. Request and submit the Placement Reciprocity Request Form. 
  3. Your placement information will be determined once you submit the request form.
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Smarter Balanced Assessment

Students with Smarter Balanced assessment scores that are admitted and enrolling the academic year immediately following high school graduation or who are seeking to participate in Running Start may use those scores for placement.To receive placement please email a copy of your results (and high school transcript if applicable) to admissions@cascadia.edu or fax to (425) 352-8137. Please see the table below for placement details.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Score Level

 Math Placement

 English Placement

 4
  • MATH &107, &141, &146, 147, &171, &172, &173
  • ENGL& 101
 3
  • MATH 095 &107, &146, &171, &172, &173

 

  • MATH &141, 147 contingent on a grade of B or better in a calculus pathway class as a high school senior.
  • ENGL& 101
 2
  • MATH 095 &107, &146 contingent on a grade of B or better in Bridge to College Math course in high school.
  • ENGL& 101 contingent on a grade of B or better in Bridge to College English course in high school.
 1
  • Placement to be determined through COMPASS assessment.
  •  Placement to be determined through COMPASS assessment.

 

 

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High School Transcripts for Math Placement (Northshore School District)

Northshore School District Math Placement

If you are a recent graduate or a Running Start Student from the Northshore School District please review the information below to see if you most recent math course can be used for placement. Students who earned a C or lower in their last math class must take the COMPASS for placement. Please be sure to send an official copy of your high school transcript to Cascadia College. It is helpful to bring a copy with you to your CORE appointment.

 

If your last math course was

And you earned a grade of...or better both semesters

And you completed it within
___of today's date
Your placement is:

IB Math Studies

IBM120

C+ or better One year MATH 095, &107, &146, &171, &172, &173
Two years Math 085
B+ or better One year MATH& 107, &141, &142, &146, 147, &171, &172, &173
Two years MATH 095, &107, &141, &146, 147, &171, &172, &173

Algebra 3

MAL240

C+ or better One year MATH 085
Two years MATH 085
B+ or better One year MATH 095, &107
Two years MATH 085

AP Statistics

MCA 130

C+ or better One year MATH 085
Two years MATH 085
B+ or better One year MATH 095, &107, &146, &171, &172, &173
Two years MATH 085

Pre-Calculus
MPC100
MPC210
MPC250
IBM141

C+ or better One year MATH& 107, &141, &146, 147, &171, &172, &173
Two years MATH 095, &107, &146, &171, &172, &173
B+ or better One year MATH& 107, &141, &142, &146, 147, &148, &151, &171, &172, &173
Two years MATH& 107, &141, &146, 147, &171, &172, &173

AP Calculus I or IB Calculus
MCA 110
IBM146

 

Note: This table is for placement only. Information about receiving credit for AP or IB exam scores is available here under the Transcript Evaluation section of the page.

C+ or better One year MATH& 107, &141, &142, &146, 147, &148, &151, &171, &172, &173
Two years MATH& 107, &141, &142, &146, 147, &171, &172, &173
B+ or better One year MATH& 107, &141, &142, &146, 147, &148, &151, &152, &171, &172, &173
Two years MATH& 107, &141, &142, &146, 147, &148, &151, &171, &172, &173
If you have IB Math Higher Level (IBM 150) as your last math class, you can be placed using your grades in Calculus. If you have any of the following courses as your last math class, you will need to assess using the COMPASS:
Algebra 1: MAL100 Geometry: MGE100
Bridges to Algebra 2: MAL130 AP Statistic: MCA130
Algebra 2: MAL140 IB Math Higher Level: IBM150
Algebra 2 Trigonometry: MAL180 or MAL185 Integrated Algebra 3/Trigonometry: MIN300
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WAMAP (Alternate Math Placement)

Students interested in changing their math placement after taking COMPASS can either wait 30 days to retake the COMPASS assessment or can attempt to place into the math class of their choice by taking the WAMAP placement assessment.

 

What is a math placement assessment?

Cascadia instructors have designed math placement assessments for each of our courses between MATH 075 and MATH&151. The assessments assess necessary prerequisite material required for success in the class. Much of the assessment aligns to the content of the sequential course that proceeds the desired placement. For example, the MATH&141/147 assessment assesses material from MATH 095.

 

What are the rules for the assessment?

  • Each assessment is composed of between 25 and 40 questions, and you are required to obtain an 80% in order to gain placement into the desired course.
  • Assessments do NOT give you credit for a prerequisite course, they merely change your placement.
  • You have only one opportunity to take any individual assessment. Once you try one assessment, you are allowed to take a different assessment, regardless of whether you passed the first. For example, you can take the MATH 085 assessment, pass it, and then decide to take the MATH 095/&141/&146 assessment. Alternatively, you can take the MATH 085 assessment, not pass it, and then decide to take the MATH 075 assessment.
  • Each assessment has a three-hour time limit. Most students will complete them in less than the three-hour limit.
  • You will be provided a calculator for use on any assessment EXCEPT the MATH 075 assessment. This assessment must be taken without a calculator.
  • You may not use any notes, books, or outside resources on the assessments. Scratch paper will be provided.
  • There is no cost to take an assessment at this time.

 

How do you sign up?

Visit the Kodiak Corner during open hours to access the assessments. Be sure to come at least three hours before the testing center closes in order to have enough time to complete the assessment.

 

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College Transcripts

Transfer students can meet course prerequisites by:

  • Scheduling an appointment with an advisor by calling the Kodiak Corner at (425) 352-8860 and
  • Submitting unofficial transcripts for evaluation of transferable credits and to satisfy English and Math prerequisites 48 hours prior to your appointment. Unofficial transcripts can be emailed to advising@cascadia.edu or submitted to the Kodiak Corner. (You may need to take the COMPASS Placement if your math coursework is over 24 months old and/or your coursework does not satisfy the English prerequisites.)
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Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

Information about placement and receiving credit for AP or IB exam scores is available here under the Transcript Evaluation section of the page. 

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