English and Math Placement Testing

Placement testing is the first step toward student success. As a community college, Clark serves a very diverse population with classes ranging from adult basic education to university transfer.

Assessment begins with placement testing in writing, reading, and mathematics skills, which help determine the level of coursework for which you are prepared and also readiness for entry into specific programs. Recommendations range from refresher courses to honors classes.

All students entering the college for the first time are encouraged to complete placement testing. COMPASS placement is required to enroll in English, Reading, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology and other courses which list a COMPASS score pre-requisite.

Clark College utilizes the COMPASS test to accurately place students. The COMPASS test is not utilized like a traditional pass or fail test. There is no "passing" score. Rather, scores indicate areas in which you are strong and areas in which you may need help. The information will not be used to deny admission to the college. Whatever the results, Clark has a starting place for you.

The COMPASS test is a computer-based assessment and is not timed. Placement testing is offered on a walk in basis.

You may request a retest in any of the three COMPASS subjects. The cost is $15.00 per module. Students will then be placed into classes using the higher of the two scores.

If after taking a COMPASS math test, you are dissatisfied with your placement recommendation, you will need to make an appointment with the current Mathematics Division Prerequisite and Adjunct Evaluator. You can get his/her contact information by calling (360) 992 - 2200. At this time, bring any documentation that will support your request for a placement different from the recommendation based on your COMPASS test results. It is the policy of the Mathematics Department that you meet the proper prerequisites as listed in the college catalog for enrollment in any mathematics course.

Visit the following link for practice questions and further information about the COMPASS test modules.


Sample COMPASS tests

COMPASS Website

The testing information on the COMPASS website indicates personal calculators are allowed however, your personal calculator will NOT be allowed during your test session at Clark College per our Mathematics department regulations. A calculator is available for use within the COMPASS software.

COMPASS review