Compass Placement Tests

Drop-in Testing Times (Room D-212)

Regular drop-in testing times:

Tuesdays: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Thursdays: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Times listed as a range indicate drop-in testing. To schedule another time, contact the Testing Center at (360) 417-6346 or toll-fee at (877) 452-9277, Ext. 6346.

Placement assessments may also be scheduled through the Port Townsend Extension Site at (360) 385-4605 and the Forks Extension Site at (360) 374-3223. Peninsula College accepts most placement scores from other colleges (call the testing center with questions at (877) 452-9277, Ext. 6346).

Advising appointments will be scheduled after the completion of placement assessment and online orientation.

Taking placement assessments

  • COMPASS at the Port Angeles campus is offered in the Student Services (clock tower) Building 'D', Room 212.
  • Pay the $20 testing fee (retesting fee is $15) at the Student Services Front Desk (main floor).
  • Please bring your receipt, picture ID and your Peninsula College ID number to the testing center on the second floor.

The assessment score indicates the appropriate starting point for each student. COMPASS is a computerized placement assessment. Calculators may be used. It is untimed, and therefore it is hard to estimate how long the session may last.  An average time is 2 hours.  Your results will be available minutes after finishing. COMPASS/ESL (English as a Second Language) is offered to students interested in International English enrollment.

Accessing your placement scores taken at Peninsula College:

Degree Audit - Log in here as a student with your Peninsula College student identification number and your password (birthdate). The test score tab will appear in the upper right of the screen.

Getting Prepared

To access a COMPASS practice test, go to this recommended ACT site: www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html

There are two places to access sample questions: Sample Test Questions and More Sample Test Questions.

Along the left-hand side you will also find Test-Taking Tips and Calculator Guidelines.

To further your preparation for the COMPASS test try these resources: 

 You must take a placement assessment if you have not satisfactorily completed one or more quarters of college-level work, including English and mathematics, with a 2.00 GPA or higher. Incoming students with Advanced Placement Test scores of 3 or better in English and mathematics may have the assessment process waived. Contact Enrollment Services for AP test score evaluation. Call (360) 417-6596 or email pmarvin@pencol.edu.

Running Start candidates can determine eligibility by showing college-level English and/or math skills through assessment.