ACT Test Scores may be used for placement into college-level courses if taken within the last five years.

  • Students with college-level ACT scores need not take that part of the COMPASS test for placement.

    • Minimums ENGLISH 19 and Reading 19
    • If your ACT scores are below these minimums for English, take the COMPASS Reading and Writing tests for placement.

    • Minimum Math 22
    • If your ACT math score is below this minimum for Math, take the COMPASS Math test for placement.
  • Scores must be received officially from ACT; request an official ACT report be sent to South Seattle College at
  • SAT scores are not accepted at this time.

What Are the Differences Between the ACT and SAT Tests?



English, Math, Reading, Science and optional writing Critical Reading, Math , Writing
Accepted Nationally Accepted Nationally
Curriculum-Based (what was learned in school) Reasoning Based (tests reasoning and verbal)
New in Spring 2016: Curriculum-Based
Multiple-choice Math grid-ins (a series of boxes for your math answers)
Basic Fee Basic Fee
Pre ACT: ASPIRE (College Readiness Assessment System: Grades 3 - 10)

Pre SAT: PSAT (11th)

Accepted by all 4 year colleges and universities. (Check college and university requirements before you submit your scores.) Accepted by most 4 year colleges and universities. Check college and university requirements before you submit your scores.
Writing test optional Writing test mandatory
New in Spring 2016: Writing test optional.
Data from: “ACT College Readiness Resources for Washington Students”


Robert Smith Building
(RSB 76)

Testing Hours:

See Current Testing Calendar

Office Hours:

Note: Office hours are not the same as testing hours.

Monday - Friday:
7:30 am to 4 pm