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 course. Placement in English and math courses can be determined in a variety of ways, including:

COMPASS Placement Exam

What is COMPASS?

The COMPASS test is an untimed, computerized test that has three multiple choice sections (writing, reading, and math). 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 test computers. Results are printed immediately following the test.

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 easier. Placement in the most appropriate math and English courses is according to the current skill level as measured by the COMPASS test.

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

NOTE: The average completion time for the test is 2 hours, but there is no specific time limit. The test must be completed in the same day started. Please allow ample time to complete the test before the office closes. Students may take the COMPASS test once every 30 days.

Where to Take the Test

  • The test is offered at Kodiak Corner in building CC1.  No appointment necessary; first-come, first-serve basis. 
  • Testing Hours: Monday & Thursday 9am - 3pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 9am-4pm, Friday 10am-12noon

 

Students with Disabilities

Students with a documented disability can set up a time with the Disability Support Services Office to take the COMPASS Placement Test 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 testing 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 testing.

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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.

 

 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 test:
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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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 test 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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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 submitted once you submit the request form.
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