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The COMPASS (College Placement Test)

  • Required of all students who have not completed college level math or English composition
  • Assesses students' skills in Reading, Writing Skills,  Math, or English as a Second Language
  • Determines placement of students in appropriate courses
  • Running Start only covers tuition for courses 100-level and above (college level), therefore if a student does not test into college level courses they are not eligible for Running Start.

Exceptions to taking the COMPASS

How to sign-up for the COMPASS:

  1. Obtain Student Identification Number (SID) by applying to South online.  You will get an email with your acceptance and your student ID number within 2 business days.
  2. Prepare for the COMPASS
    1. Review on-line practice tests and other resources
    2. Attend a free COMPASS test Prep workshop
  3. Check Assessment Office testing calendar and decide when to take the COMPASS
  4. Pay testing fee ($19.00) at Cashier
    1. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch at your high school, you can receive one free testing voucher with a fee waiver form signed by your high school counselor
    2. Bring the signed fee waiver form to the WSECU Advising Center to get your waiver authorized and then to the Cashier to get a receipt
  5. Bring receipt along with a valid, state-issued photo identification to test session
  6. Schedule an advising appointment with a Running Start advisor

Note: Colleges and universities recommend taking mathematics courses throughout high school or continuing to take mathematics at a college.


Robert Smith Building
(RSB 11)


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