COMPASS Placement Evaluation

The COMPASS is a placement evaluation that helps identify your preparedness in writing, reading, and math. This is required for admitted students, but COMPASS scores will not be used to deny admission to CCC -- only for placement purposes. The COMPASS test must be completed or waived prior to attending Orientation & Advising.

Students are encouraged to access online sample questions before taking the COMPASS Assessment.  The assessment consists of three basic skill areas:

  • Writing (punctuation, grammar, sentence structure strategy, organization, and style);
  • Reading (ability to read and understand factual material);
  • Mathematics (ability to understand and work with whole numbers, decimals, fractions and basic word problems involving arithmetic. If you have additional mathematics knowledge, an algebra assessment may also be recommended to determine your appropriate class placement).



If you have previously completed college-level math and writing courses, you may request a COMPASS waiver with proof of course completion with a C grade or above ("pass" also accepted). Submit a transcript (official or unofficial) to our Admissions Office for waiver consideration, after completing your application for admission.  COMPASS scores from external institutions must be no more than two years old. If older, a student must retake the COMPASS to gain admission to CCC. 



  • If you are applying for CCC Admission: Applicants are prompted to register for the COMPASS test upon completion of the application for admission. If you have already applied, you can register for the COMPASS through your MyCCC account

If you wish to enroll for this term...

You must complete COMPASS by this date.

Fall 2016

Sept 21

Winter 2017

Jan 5

  • If you are taking the test to transfer to another institution: Create a MyCCC account by selecting "Non-Degree Seeking Student," then select "Sign Up/Cancel COMPASS" once you've completed the online registration form. 
  • If you are retaking the COMPASS: If unsatisfied with the COMPASS results, students who have a MyCCC account can register for the COMPASS at any time by logging in and selecting "Sign Up/Cancel COMPASS." 30 days must pass in between attempts.



The COMPASS is an untimed test.  Students seeking further accommodations should contact Disabilities Services via email



  • Know / bring your Social Security Number.
  • Plan to spend 2 hours completing the evaluation.
  • You must pay the $15 fee for the COMPASS through your MyCCC account or at the Welcome Center before you take the COMPASS test.
  • NO cell phone use or food permitted in the testing room.
  • Calculators are permitted;  Click here for personal calculator guidelines. Each test taker will be provided with a basic calculator and also will have access to a more advanced online calculator.



  • You may contact the Testing Center Proctor via email at least one hour prior to your scheduled COMPASS test, or go online to your MyCCC account at least one hour prior to your scheduled COMPASS test and complete the cancelation instructions.                                            
  • If you schedule a COMPASS test and miss your appointment, you must pay for the missed session.
  • If you reschedule, you must pay for both the missed session and the new session before you will be allowed to test.
  • The COMPASS fee will be reimbursed only if the Testing Center has an emergency closure or if you cancel at least one hour prior to your test session start time. 


If you have additional questions about the COMPASS, please call at 503-338-2411, or 503-338-2426.

Last Updated: 
November 17, 2016, 4:10 pm
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