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. Not all students will need to take a placement assessment at Cascadia. Placement in English and math courses can be determined in a variety of ways and we may be able to use assessments or course work you have already completed. Please review the information below and click on the placement that best describes your situation.

Which best describes your situation?

Ways to Determine Placement

 I Am Applying for Running Start

Smarter Balanced Assessment

Math Placement via High School Transcript

Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)

ACCUPLACER Placement (recommended only if the above methods do not apply)

WAMAP (Alternate Math Placement)

 I Attended High School within the last 2  years

Smarter Balanced Assessment

English Placement via High School Transcript

Math Placement via High School Transcript

Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)

ACCUPLACER Placement (recommended only if the above methods do not apply)

WAMAP (Alternate Math Placement)

 I Attended High School more than 2  years  ago

ACCUPLACER Placement (recommended only if the above methods do not apply)

WAMAP (Alternate Math Placement)

 I Received Placement from Another WA  Community or Technical College within  the last 2 years

Placement Reciprocity

ACCUPLACER Placement (recommended only if the above methods do not apply)

WAMAP (Alternate Math Placement)

 I Completed Courses at another College

College Transcripts

ACCUPLACER Placement (recommended only if the above methods do not apply)

WAMAP (Alternate Math Placement)

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 theirSmarter Balanced Assessment/Achievement Score Level for placement. To receive placement please email a copy of your results showing your Assessment/Achievement Score Level (and high school transcript if applicable) to admissions@cascadia.edu or fax to (425) 352-8137. A sample of what Smarter Balanced Assessment Results look like is available here. (Please note the results are just a general sample of what the results look like.)

 

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 Accuplacer assessment.
  •  Placement to be determined through Accuplacer assessment.
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English Placement via High School Transcript

High school students who have graduated in the last two years can place into College English using their high school transcript.

 

In order to place by transcript:

  • Students must have graduated from high school within two years of today's date.
  • Students must have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Student must earn a qualifying grade in one of the courses listed below.
  • Students must have earned a B or better in their last English class (even if the class is not the one being used for placement).

 

Placement by this method expires two academic years after the student graduates from high school. Please be sure to submit a copy of your high school transcript to Cascadia College. It is helpful to bring a copy with you to your CORE appointment. (Note: This table is for placement only. Credit may be granted by AP or IB exam scores. See the college catalog for more details.)

If you took this English course...

and you earned a grade of . . .

and you took it during your...

your placement will be . . .

English 11

B or better

Junior year

English 101

English 12

B or better

Senior year

English 101

AP Language and Composition

B or better

Junior or senior year

English 101

AP Literature and Composition B or better

Junior or senior year

English 101

English 11 IB

B or better

Junior year

English 101

English 12 IB B or better

Senior year

English 101

 *Cultural Studies (Woodinville HS)

B or better

Senior year

English 101

 *Humanities (Woodinville HS)

B+ or better

Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year

English 101

*College Preparatory English (Woodinville HS)

B or better

Senior year

English 101

 

 *For the purposes of English placement these classes from Woodinville High School are viewed as English classes.

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Math Placement via High School Transcript

The goal of Cascadia College is to encourage success in math courses.  Realistic placement is critical for a student’s success. In addition to our other assessment measures, students may be placed according to the following chart.

 

Please be sure to submit a copy of your high school transcript to Cascadia College. It is helpful to bring a copy with you to your CORE appointment. Students who have earned lower than a C in their last math class must have placement determined in another way. (Note: This table is for placement only. Credit may be granted by AP or IB exam scores. See the college catalog for more details.)

If your last math course was . . .

and you earned a grade of . . . or better 2nd semester

And you completed it within ____ of today’s date:

Your placement will be . . .

Algebra 1 / Geometry

C, C+, or B-

One year

MATH 075

Two years

MATH 075

B or better

One year

MATH 085

Two years

MATH 075

Algebra 2

C, C+, or B-

One year

MATH 095, &107, &146, &131, &132

Two years

MATH 085

B or better

One year

MATH&107, &141, &146, 147, &131, &132

Two years

MATH 095, &107, &146, &131, &132

Bridge to College Mathematics

C, C+, or B-

One year

MATH 085

Two years

MATH 085

B or better

One year

MATH 095, &107, &146, &131, &132

Two years

MATH 085

AP Statistics

C, C+, or B-

One year

MATH 085

Two years

MATH 085

B or better

One year

MATH 095, &107, &146, &131, &132

Two years

MATH 085

Pre-Calculus

C, C+, or B-

One year

MATH&107, &141, &146, 147, &131, &132

Two years

MATH 095, &107, &146, &131, &132

B or better

One year

MATH&107, &141, &142, &146, 147, &148, &151, &131, &132

Two years

MATH&107, &141, &146, 147, &131, &132

Calculus

C, C+, or B-

One year

MATH&107, &141, &142, &146, 147, &148, &151, &131, &132

Two years

MATH&107, &141, &142, &146, 147, &131, &132

B or better

One year

MATH&107, &141, &142, &146, 147, &148, &151, &152, &131, &132

Two years

MATH, &107, &141, &142, &146, 147, &148, &151, &131, &132

 

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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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WAMAP (Alternate Math Placement)

Students interested in changing their math placement after taking Accuplacer can either wait 14 days (previously 30) to retake the Accuplacer 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?

WAMAP assessments are not available on Wednesdays. Visit the Kodiak Corner during open hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. 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 Accuplacer 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 on the Transcripts website page under the Transcript Evaluation section of the page. 

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ACCUPLACER Placement


What is ACCUPLACER?

The ACCUPLACER Placement is an untimed, computerized assessment that has three multiple choice sections (writing, reading, and math). Students cannot pass or fail ACCUPLACER, 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 Accuplacer.

  • 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. ACCUPLACER 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 assessment once every 14 days (was previously 30 days).

Where to Take the ACCUPLACER

  • ACCUPLACER is offered at Kodiak Corner in building CC1.  No appointment necessary; first-come, first-serve basis. 
  • ACCUPLACER Hours
    • ACCUPLACER Placement Summer Hours: Monday through Thursday 9AM-3PM and closed on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. 
    • Note: The end times listed above are last seating times for the day. Students who start ACCUPLACER placement at or before those times will have time to complete it before the Kodiak Corner closes for the day.
    • Please refrain from wearing cologne, perfumes, or scents in the testing room.

 

ACCUPLACER Resources

Students with Disabilities

Students with a documented disability can set up a time with the Disability Support Services Office to take the Accuplacer 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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