Compass Placement Tests

Important Note:  Thursday, July 28th COMPASS drop-in hours will be 9:00am - 10:00am

Drop-in Testing Times (Room D-212)  Photo ID is required for all tests and assessments given

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 9:00am - 3:00pm  
Times listed as a range indicate drop-in.  This means you can come in anytime during those hours to begin your assessment. To schedule another time, contact the Testing Center.

Getting Prepared is Highly Recommended

To access a COMPASS practice test, go to this recommended ACT site:

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

You will also find Test-Taking Tips and Calculator Guidelines.

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

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 Pirate Central (main floor).
  • Please bring your receipt, picture ID and your Peninsula College ID number to the testing center on the second floor.
  • Calculators are allowed, per ACT guidelines. 

The assessment score indicates the appropriate starting point for each student. COMPASS is a computerized placement assessment. 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. 

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) 417-6340 or email

Placement scores are valid for two years. 

We accept the following assessments: ACCUPLACER,  ASSET, and COMPASS.  If you took your assessment at a different college and it has been less than two years, please have the college fax us a copy.  Our fax number is:  (360) 417-6416.


Port Angeles:

(360) 417-6346
Toll-free at (877) 452-9277, Ext. 6346.

Port Townsend:

(360) 385-4605


(360) 374-3223

Peninsula College accepts most placement scores from other colleges.  You can either bring them in a sealed envelope or ask the other college to fax them to us at (360) 417-6416. Call the testing center with questions at (877) 452-9277, Ext. 6346.

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.