Compass Placement Tests

Drop-in Testing Times (Room D-212)

Tuesdays: 9:00am - 3:00pm   PLEASE NOTE:  July 29th testing time will end at 2:00pm
Thursdays: 9:00am - 3:00pm

It's not too late to take the placement assessment (COMPASS) for Running Start! 

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.
  • 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. 


Main Campus:

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.

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

Extension Sites:

Placement assessments may also be scheduled through the college's extension sites.

Port Townsend Extension Site (closed for the summer)

(360) 385-4605

Forks Extension Site

(360) 374-3223

Peninsula College accepts most placement scores from other colleges (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.

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.

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

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