Testing Center Services
Testing CenterThe Testing Center is located in Kirk Library and offers proctored testing services for all ABE, ESL, Correspondence, e-Learning, and other Centralia College academic classes. Testing is offered on a drop-in basis during Testing Center hours. Please allow for sufficient time since testing cannot be stopped once started.
YOU WILL NEED A CURRENT GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO ID PRIOR TO ALL TESTING.
NO CELL PHONE USE, NO FOOD OR DRINKS PERMITTED.
- COMPASS assessment exam
- GED equivalency test
- EMT Emergency Medical Technician certification exam
- AMT American Medical Technologist exam
- TEAS Test of Essential Academic Skills for nursing admission
Testing Center HoursHours vary during summer quarter and when campus classes are not in session.
Sept thru mid-JuneMon–Tue: 7:30am–7:00pm
Mid-June thru AugustMon-Thu: 7:30am-6:00pm
If campus classes not in session:Mon-Thu: 8:00am-5:00pm
Testing feesCompass: $15–Reading, Writing, Math
Compass: $10–one test
GED: $120–complete series
GED: $30–per test
Proctored exam for non-Centralia College courses: $25
AccommodationsIf you have a documented disability and request accommodations, apply for services through the Center for Disability Services, (360) 736-9391, ext. 320.
COMPASS assessment testing
The COMPASS is used to help ensure accurate placement in English, reading, and math courses.
The COMPASS test is a computerized adaptive test. The design of this test selects questions so as to maximize the precision of the exam based on what is known about the examinee from previous questions. For example, if an examinee performs well on an item of intermediate difficulty, he will then be presented with a more difficult question. Or, if he performed poorly, he would be presented with a simpler question. The exam tailors itself to his or her level of ability; therefore different examinees receive quite different tests. To achieve your highest score, the examinee is advised to review basic rules and concepts to advance to a higher level. Spending quality time in preparing for the COMPASS test could result in a higher course placement saving you time and money.
COMPASS is not timed. No appointment is needed, and it is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Allow two hours for testing.
Calculators: A calculator for Compass Testing is provided online. No handheld calculators are allowed.
Fees: Payable at the Cashier's Office, located on the 2nd floor, Student Center Building, 8:00am-Noon or 1:00–4:30pm, or at the Testing Center inside the front entrance of the Kirk Library Building.
Sample questions and guides:
- Math: www.khanacademy.org | www.coolmath.com | www.math.com
- English: www.sparknotes.com/testprep/books/act/chapter4.rhtml (Chap. 4, 5, 6)
- Reading: www.sparknotes.com/testprep/books/act/chapter4.rhtml (Chap. 12, 13)
GED testing at Centralia CollegeCentralia College is an official GED testing site. The test is offered by appointment at our Centralia campus and at Centralia College East in Morton. Students ready for GED testing will need to provide a current photo identification showing proof of Washington State residency and date of birth, and provide payment of $30 for each of the 4 tests.
The GED® test must still be taken at an official GED® testing center.
To schedule, pay for, or reschedule your GED® test:
Go to www.ged.com or call Pearson Vue Customer Service: 1-877-392-6433 (1-877-EXAMGED)
About GEDThe General Education Development (GED) certificate is a nationally recognized series of tests that measure an equivalent educational background in the areas of Writing, Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. Centralia College is contracted annually by the GED Testing Services to provide this service locally and is the only public access GED testing center for Lewis, County. Note: The GED Test is offered by the State of Washington and is not a Centralia College test.
The GED can be used for eligibility purposes for college entrance requirements, Financial Aid, apprenticeships, the Armed Services, and employment.
Eligibility for GED testingResidents of the State of Washington, 16 and over are eligible to register for GED testing. NOTE: Students aged 16, 17, AND 18 must first request a High School Release for GED Testing from either the last high school attended or the high school in the town you currently reside. If home schooled, a notarized statement of home school completion is required. For more information, see: SBCTC Request for Approval to Test - GED Certificate (pdf)
GED test preparationCentralia College also provides classes to prepare you for taking the GED tests. For information, please attend a free orientation at 12 noon, Monday-Friday. GED practice tests are also available at www.ged.com.
Contact Testing CenterPhone: (360) 736-9391, ext. 216
Location: Kirk Library, Centralia College
Address: 600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia WA 98531