English Placement Options

The COMPASS exam is no longer required for writing placement at Clark College. Following one of the priorities outlined in the 2016 Academic Plan, Clark English faculty were charged with improving placement for students with the goal of providing more accurate and valid placement. When they are placed in the right course, we know students have a better chance at succeeding in that course and, thus, completing their education.

After extensive research, English faculty decided on a multiple measures approach that provides student with several placement options. Rather than taking a standardized test, students can now place directly into English 101 via a high school GPA, Smarter Balance scores, or a variety of other options. One of those options is a custom-created placement tool called the Readiness Assessment. Designed and created by Clark faculty, this tool is an option for anyone who does not place in English 101 automatically via another measure.

Multiple Measures for English Placement

Students will now be able to place into English 101 via any one of the multiple measures listed below.  Please check with Enrollment Services for more information.

Printable version of multiple measures

New and Returning Student English 101 Placement

  • Cumulative, Unweighted U.S. High School GPA of 2.750 (currently enrolled or within 15 years of high school graduation)
  • GED College Ready Score of 175-200
  • 10th or 11th Grade Smarter Balance English Score of 3 or 4
  • English Bridge class grade of B or higher
  • AP score of 3 on the Language and Composition Exam or Composition and Literature Exam
  • Compass scores between 78-100 from Clark through December 31, 2018
  • Completion of English 098 or IELP 091 with a C or better
  • Completion of CAP 077/090 with a B or better
  • ACT Test score of 19 on both English and Reading
  • SAT Test scores of the following:
    • SAT before March 2016: Both Reading 460 AND Writing 460
    • SAT starting March 2016: Evidence Based Reading AND Writing 510

Transfer Student English 101 Placement

  • Placement Reciprocity if placement test has been taken at another school in the last 2 years
  • Score of 1 or 2 on the Washington State University writing placement exam
  • Transcript Evaluation if equivalent course has been taken at another college
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited U.S. university

International Student English 101 Placement

  • TOEFL overall score of 68 to 61 with at least 17 in the writing section
  • IELTS overall score of 5.5
  • STEP EIKEN overall score of Grade Pre-1 or better
  • Completion of IELP 091 with a C or better


Any student who does not place in English 101 via the multiple measures above will take the Readiness Assessment for placement.