SCC Assessment Testing Center

Assessment testing assists students in choosing classes that are neither too difficult nor too easy, so they may experience success during their first quarter at SCC. The COMPASS and ALEKS placement tests are computer-based and are not timed. The ASSET writing test is a timed test completed with paper and pencil. COMPASS, ALEKS, and ASSET tests are not intelligence or aptitude tests; they are placement tests.

Acceptance to Spokane Community College is contingent on achieving qualifying placement test scores. These scores assess college readiness, enhancing student success. Please consult the chart below for minimum required scores.


Subject
Passing Scores
ASSET COMPASS ALEKS

Reading

35

34

X

Writing

35

32

X
Math
(Numerical
Skills)

30

17

20

Keyboarding Tests

Some programs may require keyboarding tests in addition to the COMPASS. To schedule a keyboarding test, call the Assessment Center at (509) 533-7074. The campus toll-free number is (800) 248-5644.

What's Next?

After testing, students must complete New Student Orientation where they will meet with Counselors and Curriculum Advisors to discuss test results, program requirements, course selection, registration procedures, college services and activities, and strategies for success during their first quarter at SCC.

Persons with a disability requiring any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations should contact the college at least 30 days before the beginning of the instructional program. Call SCC's Office of Disability Support Services at 509-533-7169 (voice) or 509-533-7482 (TTY).

Please Note:

  • You must provide proof of payment of the $30.00 test fee and valid photo ID to take the test.
  • Campus parking is $3.00 payable at the Cashiers office or at parking kiosks. Metered parking is available on the street outside the building.
  • To avoid a $30.00 non-refundable fee being charged to your account, please cancel online, or call our office if you must miss this scheduled appointment.
  • Additional test sessions also require payment of a $30.00 test fee.

Tips for Testing

  1. Relax! Placement tests are designed to help you succeed in school.
  2. Complete sample questions and review your reading, writing, and math skills prior to testing.
    • Sample questions for the COMPASS and ASSET are available at www.act.org/compass/sample/.
    • You can sign up for a free trial and complete sample questions within the ALEKS at www.aleks.com.
    • The SCC Library has test preparation books which you can check out of the library and books you can use to review reading, writing, and math skills. You can also visit the SCC campus to use the Learning Express Library database which contains test practice tools (for ASSET and other tests) and skills improvement tools in English and in Spanish. Contact the library at Reference@scc.spokane.edu or 509-533-8821.
  3. Get plenty of rest and eat properly before the test.
  4. We will provide you with pencils, scratch paper and a calculator for the placement test. Please do not bring these items with you.
  5. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to locate the testing area and restrooms.
  6. Be sure you understand the directions for each test before answering questions.
  7. Read each question carefully. If answering an item requires several steps, consider them all.
  8. Be sure to answer every item as there is no penalty for guessing.
  9. If you have a problem or question during the test, ask the test administrator for help.

The Assessment Center stops testing two weeks prior to the beginning of each quarter and resumes testing the second week of the quarter. If you need or want to re-test, a $30.00 re-test fee will be charged.

Placement testing is NOT required for:

  • Students who have tested with qualifying scores within the last three years or have completed English and Math course work with a 2.0 or better at SCC or SFCC
  • Students who have completed the COMPASS or ASSET placement test with qualifying scores within the last three years at another facility - If this is the case, please have the institution at which you took your placement test send your results to the Testing Center either via fax to 509-533-7342, or via mail to 1810 N. Greene St., MS 2160, Spokane, WA 99217
  • In some cases, English and math completion at another college or university may be used in lieu of the placement test. Official transcripts must be submitted to the Transcript Office for evaluation.

For further information, please contact the Testing Center by calling (509) 533-7074 or sending an email message to scctesting@scc.spokane.edu. Be sure to include your Student Identification Number in any communications.

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