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The 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 Placement Test

  • If a student has successfully completed a college-level English composition or mathematics course, the Placement Test is not required.
  • ACT and SAT scores may be used for placement into college-level courses.
  • Smarter Balanced is a standardized test taken at the high school in the 11th grade. Scores of 3 or 4 will qualify you for English 101. Please provide a copy of Smarter Balanced test scores to a Running Start advisor.
  • Math Transcript Placement: Seattle Public Schools students may be able to place into college-level math classes using their high school transcript, depending on the courses taken and grades earned.  Please see a Running Start Advisor to verify your placement.

How to sign-up for the Placement Test

  • 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.
  • Prepare for the placement test by going here and under the “How should I prepare” you will find great preparation resources as well as practice tests.
  • Pay testing fee ($25.00) at Cashier
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bring receipt along with a valid, state-issued photo identification to test session
  • 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.


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