PLACEMENT

TAKING THE PLACEMENT EXAMInitial placement into courses is done through the Compass placement test that is administered by the Testing Office (Room 1108). For information on testing times, contact the Testing Office at 206-934-6913, or visit the Testing website. There is a fee to take the exam and strict regulations on when you can repeat the exam, so make sure you are prepared the first time!

Check Your Placement: Use this link to explore our courses to help you determine if your placement is appropriate.

How to Prepare for the Exam: Use this link to prepare for the exam. We strongly recommend you spend some time reviewing before you take the exam.

Placement Wizard: Use this link for step-by-step directions on preparing and checking your placement test score.

Don't take the Compass Cold: This link will access further information about the Compass test around the district.

PLACEMENT THROUGH COURSE GRADESIf you do not place into a course with a placement exam, many of the courses in the department carry specific grades in a qualifying course. These grade prerequisites are generally not waived, and only the instructor may do so (at their own discretion).

For more detailed information on prerequisites, see course outlines in the Courses Link.

PLACEMENT WITH TRANSFER CREDITIf you are transferring coursework from another college or university, you will need to have your transcripts evaluated so that you will be properly placed into your next mathematics course. Contact the Registrar's Office for more information on transfer credit.

CHECKING YOUR PLACEMENTIf have already taken the placement exam, then your next step is to take a look at one or more of the following links. Find the class into which you placed and explore the diagnostic link(s) provided. If you think that the material you see is beyond your current abilities, we strongly recommend you enroll for a lower course or review before classes begin to help insure your future success. On the other hand, if you think you have been placed too low, then you should use the Placement Preparation Page to prepare to take the placement exam again.

The pre-tests on this site intentionally do NOT have the answers to the questions. We want you to be able to make an accurate self-assessment of your current math knowledge without the answers there to serve as a "crutch." If a problem you see looks unfamiliar or you are not very sure that you can do a problem, it probably means you need to review that material before taking the placement exam or registering for your math course.Note:

Into Which Class Did You Place?

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You Placed Into MATH 081

Here is the kind of material you will learn in MATH 081

If this material looks very familiar you are probably ready for 084 or beyond. If you placed in 081, you can retake the placement after visition thePreparation Page.MATH 081 Martin-Gay Textbook Website - Great resource of quizzes, warmups, etc. Check it out.

You Placed Into MATH 084

You are expected to know the material covered in MATH 081...

Here is the kind of material you will learn in MATH 084

If this material looks very familiar you are probably ready for 085 or beyond. If you placed in 084, you can retake the placement after visition thePreparation Page.MATH 084 Blitzer Text Web Page - See

Chapters 1-5online for more information and review materials.Chapter 1 - Real Numbers

Chapter 2 - Linear Equations in One Variable

Chapter 3 - Problem Solving

Chapter 4 - Linear Equations in Two Variables

Chapter 5 - Systems of Equations

You Placed Into MATH 085

You are expected to know the material covered in MATH 081 and MATH 084...Are you ready for MATH 085? (Paper test)

Are you ready for MATH 085? (Online Quiz)

Sample Final Exam from 084

Sample Final Exam from 081

Here is the kind of material you will learn in MATH085

If this material looks very familiar you are probably ready for 098 or beyond. If you placed in 085, you can retake the placement after visition thePreparation Page.MATH 084 Blitzer Text Web Page - See

Chapters 6-10online for more information and review materials.Chapter 6 - Exponents and Polynomials

Chapter 7 - Factoring Polynomials

Chapter 8 - Rational Expressions

Chapter 9 - Roots and Radicals

Chapter 10 - Quadratic Equations

You Placed Into MATH 098

You are expected to know the material covered in MATH081-MATH085...Are you ready for MATH 098?

Sample Final Exam from 085

Sample Final Exam from 084Warning: MATH 084 Material is important for 098...take an online quiz of 084 material now...

Here is the kind of material you will learn in MATH098Material you need to get into MATH& 141 and MATH 116

Intermediate Algebra Topics (Outside Link)

If this material looks very familiar you are probably ready for a higher level course. If you placed in 098, you can retake the placement after visition thePreparation Page.

You Placed Into MATH 116

You are expected to know the material covered in MATH 081-098...Are you ready for PreCalculus? (This file is also used for MATH& 141 since both 116 and 141 have MATH 098 with a 2.5 or better as a prerequisite.

You Placed Into MATH& 141

You are expected to know the material covered in MATH 081-098...

You Placed Into MATH& 142

You are expected to know the material covered in MATH 081-141...

You Placed Into MATH& 151MATH& 151,152,153 Course Description

You are expected to know the material covered in MATH 081-142