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What do I need to know about Placement Testing?

Placement testing is one of the most essential keys to student success at Spokane Falls Community College.

All incoming students are required to take the COMPASS English test prior to registering for any English courses unless:

  • You have previous college-level English credits to transfer into SFCC.
  • You have completed an assessment within the last year at a Washington State Community College, please submit a Reciprocity Form.
  • You are not pursuing a degree or certificate and will not be enrolling in English courses.

All incoming students are required to take a math placement test prior to registering for any math courses unless:

  • You are a recent high school graduate with successful precalculus credits.
  • You plan to complete a vocational/technical program with no math requirements other than Business Math (BUS 102, MATH 103).
  • You are not pursuing a degree or certificate and will not be enrolling in Math courses.

What is COMPASS?

The COMPASS test is a non-timed computer program that assesses proficiency in reading and writing.

COMPASS is also used for placement into higher level mathematics courses, such as calculus. To take this test, students must first take the MMT test and place into the 142 level.

You will take the entire test on the computer in our testing center. Please schedule an appointment to do so.

Study Guides

Looking for tips on how to prepare for your assessment test? You may download PDF versions of sample questions for the assessment and general information.

MyMath Test Notice

First-time test takers must first attend an Activation Seminar to get set-up with the on-line MyMath program to allow you to complete practice tests and study guides before taking the exam. First-time activations will only be completed at the seminars. You do not need an appointment to attend an Activation Seminar. Please bring your receipt for your $30 testing fee.
For upcoming seminar dates, please check the events listings on the SFCC homepage or the calendar on MyBigfoot (filter to show only SFCC.)

Requesting Reactivation

If your previous MyMath program has expired, simply bring a receipt showing that you paid the $30 testing fee to the Testing Center and complete a Request for Reactivation Form. You will receive an e-mail within 24-48 hours when your re-activation is complete. Your program will be active for 16 weeks and you will have two chances to take the exam during your activation period.

Drop-in Testing Dates for students who are currently enrolled in an active MyMath program

Please check announcements on the MyMath website, the events listings on the SFCC homepage, or the calendar on MyBigfoot for upcoming testing dates and times. Please contact the Testing Center at (509) 533-3401 or SFCCTesting_ctr@spokanefalls.edu if you have any questions.


Contact Us!

OFFICE - Gateway Building Room 104
TESTING LAB - Gateway Building Room 103

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

PLEASE NOTE:
If you are unable to attend your scheduled testing appointment, you must CANCEL 24 HOURS PRIOR to your appointment or you will be charged a $30.00 NON-REFUNDABLE processing fee.

Option 1 (recent high school graduates only): SFCC allows high school coursework to gain placement into precalculus or calculus as follows:

  • Those students who can produce a high school transcript documenting an A or B (3.0 or better) in both semesters of Precalculus receive placement in one of the courses: MATH 107, 108, 141, 142, 201, 208, or 221.
  • Those who earn an A in both semesters of Precalculus may begin in MATH 151 (Calculus 1). This placement comes with conditions:
    • Students may only use the agreement within a year of graduation from high school. Alternatively, students must proceed through the regular placement process.
    • If you do not receive a 2.0 or higher in your first math course (MATH 107, 108, 141, 142, 201, 208, 221, or 151), you must proceed through the regular placement process.
    • While this placement will satisfy the Intermediate Algebra Proficiency of the A.A. degree upon passing a transfer-level mathematics course , it will not fulfill any other requirement of the degree or grant college credit.

Option 2: Pass the MMT "College Level" test and then score at the precalculus or calculus level on the COMPASS exam.

Schedule your test online once you have paid the fee, studied and met any prerequisites above. If you are uncertain if you qualify for this Pre-Calculus agreement, please contact Debbie Hoyt at (509) 533-3004 or email us at debbie.hoyt@spokanefalls.edu for more information.

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PLEASE NOTE:
If you are unable to attend your scheduled testing appointment, you must CANCEL 24 HOURS PRIOR to your appointment or you will be charged a $30.00 NON-REFUNDABLE processing fee.

Who needs to complete an assessment test?

  • All students seeking a degree or certificate
  • Students intending to take mathematics courses at SFCC and have not achieved at least a 2.0 in a college level math course or a college intermediate algebra course in the last 3 years
  • Reactivating or transfer students who have not completed college-level English composition and intermediate algebra
  • Students who have test scores older than three years

Who does NOT need to complete an assessment test?Fkeep your

  • Students who have completed an assessment within the last three years
  • Students who have received a 2.0 or higher in college-level English composition and college-level math or algebra course within the last three years
  • Students who are not pursuing a degree or certificate and are not enrolling in math and/or English courses

What is COMPASS?

  • The COMPASS is a non-timed computer program that assesses proficiency in reading and writing.
  • COMPASS is also used for placement into higher level mathematics courses (calculus). To take the COMPASS test, students must first take the MMT test and place into the 142 level.
  • You will take the entire test on the computer in our testing center.

What is MyMath Test?


  • The MMT is a timed computer test that will assess your placement in pre-college level algebra, college level and pre calculus
  • After completion of your first test you are eligible for a 16 week online tutorial/practice for retest and\or higher math placement options

How long does the test take?

  • The COMPASS is a non-timed assessment; allow approximately 3 hours for test and post-test consultation
  • The MMT test is one hour

Where do I go to take the assessment/placement test?

  • Make an appointment for your assessment.
  • Pay the $30 fee

    at the cashier’s office in Building 17 , Lower Concourse (next to Admissions). The $30.00 fee includes math and English testing
  • Keep your receipt

    and bring it with you when you take the test.
  • Go to Building 30 , Room 103 which is located on the far west side of the building.

What should I bring?

  • A current Photo ID
  • Testing Fee Receipt
  • Student ID Number (SID)

We will provide for your use:

  • A calculator (where allowed)
  • Pencils
  • Paper

If you need information about math assessement, please call (509) 533-3401, or email us at SFCCtesting_ctr@spokanefalls.edu.

Compass Study Guides

Looking for tips on how to prepare for your assessment test? You may download PDF versions of sample questions for the assessment and general information.

View or print the Reading Study Guide

View or print the Writing Study Guide

The SFCC Math Department has a great math class flow chart to help you select the correct math class for your program.

Proctoring

Non-SFCC students may request proctoring services using our online Lab Proctor/Testing Accommodations Request.

Testing

The Testing Center in the SFCC Testing Center (Building 30 Room 104) offers students and community members the opportunity for certification through examination. Certification is a way of demonstrating a person's expertise in a particular field.

The center is an authorized ACT Testing Center, Kryterian, Certiport, and WGU center.

Normal Hours of Operation:

Testing Center Hours of Operation are variable, please contact our office at (509) 533-3401 or email us at SFCCTesting_Ctr@spokanefalls.edu for specific dates and times

Normal Hours of Operation:

Testing Center Hours of Operation are variable, please contact our office at (509) 533-3401 or email us at SFCCTesting_Ctr@spokanefalls.edu for specific dates and times

Schedule

Testers must arrange to have the exam sent to our location from the college or university offering the exam, and provide a contact (instructor or distance learning office) telephone number in case of problems at the time of the exam:

Spokane Falls Community College
3410 W. Ft. George Wright Drive MS 3175
Spokane, WA 99224
Or
Email us at: SFCCTesting_Ctr@spokanefalls.edu.

Arriving for the Exam

Picture ID is required before taking each exam. Personal items, including cell phones, are not allowed in the student's possession during the exam. We will provide storage for these items.

You will need to provide the following information to your teacher

If emailing exam/info, please send to:
SFCCTesting_Ctr@spokanefalls.edu - Subject: Attention: Testing Center

Before you come in for the test, confirm the exam has arrived at our center by calling (509) 533-3401.

Exams are returned to the college or university by our staff. Please plan to take your exam in plenty of time before your program's due date.

Please note that there is a $15.00 (cash or check only) service charge for each exam proctored. (The service charge does not apply to CCS exams or WAOL exams as long as the course is offered through SCC or SFCC.)


Location

Exam proctoring will take place in the Gateway Building (Bldg. 30) in the Testing Center (Room 104).

All appointments are made via the following link, you will need your Student ID and date of birth to schedule the appointment

Please reference our campus map. For information

Supervisor
Spokane Falls Community College
3410 W. Ft. George Wright Drive
Spokane, WA 99224
Phone: (509) 533-3401
Fax: (509) 533-3852
SFCCTesting_Ctr@spokanefalls.edu

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