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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

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”


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Office Hours:

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

Monday - Friday:
7:30 am to 4:00 pm