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Running Start Placement Testing

See Testing Center Services for info about testing at Centralia College.


Who needs to test?

All Running Start applicants.

What are the tests like?

  • Multiple-choice tests used to identify skill levels in reading, writing, and math.
  • COMPASS testing is done on a computer and features no time limit.
  • COMPASS is available on a walk-in basis, without appointment.
  • Allow 1 to 2 hours for testing.

Practice test

What do I do to arrange testing?

  • Get a student I.D. number from the Counseling Center.
  • Pay $15 testing fee at the Cashier's Office.
  • See Testing Center Services at Centralia College.

What will I need to bring to the test?

  • You will need to bring picture ID, cashier receipt, and student ID number.
  • Pencils, pens and scratch paper are supplied.

What happens after testing?

  • Immediately after testing, you will get a placement report with your scores.
  • To be eligible for Running Start, you need to test at the college level in Reading and either Writing or Math.
  • Students who do not test at college level can retest for the section(s) not passed. Call 736-9391, ext. 265, for more information about retaking the test. Only one retest per quarter will be allowed.



(360) 736-9391, ext. 265