Placement Testing, COMPASS
Before students can enroll in a RTC Professional Technical Program they are
required to take the COMPASS placement test. The test will
assess the student's writing, reading and math skills. The COMPASS is offered
on the computer with no time limit. After the test a counselor will review
the scores with the tester to help develop an educational plan. This plan may
include the suggestion of classes, programs, or services available to the
student. There is a $25.00 fee that is not refundable to take the COMPASS placement test.
There is a $10.00 per test charge for retests.
Sample questions are available on the Internet at:
Please pay for the test at Cashiering in Enrollment Services.
Enrollment Services is in the
Roberts Campus Center. All tests administered in the Testing Center require picture
identification and a copy of the receipt showing payment for the test.
Testing Center Hours:
The hours staff are available depend on the monthly testing
calendar. During testing, staff is not available to take calls. Please feel free
to leave a detailed message at the number below.
Testing Center Coordinator
Phone: 425-235-2352 Ext. 5704
Using Assessment Scores from Other Schools
If you have taken the COMPASS placement test at another school, you have the option to transfer those scores to RTC. RTC does not accept ACCUPLACER scores.
You may submit your COMPASS scores from other schools only if they are less than two years old.
Your future is calling. With the GED® test, you can answer the call.
The current version of the GED® test is expiring at the end of 2013 and your scores will expire too if you don’t finish and pass the GED® test by then.
If you act now, you won’t have to re-take the parts of the GED® test you’ve already passed. For more information go to
finishtheged.com or text GED to 58124.
A Pre-Registration is required before testing in the Testing Center , J219 .
Please see the monthly calendar for dates and times. If under 19,
Request for Approval to Test Form
is needed. Please bring payment
to be paid at the end of orientation.
The Tests of General Educational Development (GED Tests) are internationally
recognized. They have been designed to measure major academic skills and
knowledge in core content areas that are learned during four years of high
school. When an adult passes the 5 tests in the GED Tests battery, the
resulting GED credential certifies that he or she has attained subject matter
knowledge and skills associated with high school completion. The Testing Center
does not administer all 5 tests in one session.
What is acceptable Identification?
The GED Testing Service requires state-issued driver's license or a
state-issued identification card with a photograph.
United States passport.
Certificate of United States citizenship.
Certification of naturalization.
Unexpired foreign passport.
Alien registration card with photograph.
Proof of Washington residency is required with any of the above documents. This
can be a rental agreement, a utility bill with your name and address,
unemployment papers or something of this nature.
What does it cost?
What can I expect to learn at Pre-Registration and how long does it take?
To take all five of the GED tests the fee is $150.00 or $30.00 each, including a retest. All GED tests are not refundable.
- Pre-Registration takes about 20 minutes.
- Complete paperwork.
- Passing and failing scores will be discussed.
- How and when you will get your scores will be covered.
- GED test rules and regulations will be covered.
- Pay your testing fee.
What forms are available?
We have English and Spanish versions of the test. We also have a large print
How can I prepare for GED® tests?
GED books can be purchased at your local bookstore or checked out through
community libraries. There are also a variety of websites with practice
questions. Some require a fee, some do not.
RTC also offers GED® preparation classes through the Basic Studies department for a minimal fee.
GED® Retest Policy
It is required that applicants take the entire battery of GED test before retesting begins. Please note that the fees for these tests are not refundable.
Math for Health Sciences Challenge Exam
|Who is this exam for:
|Students wanting to satisfy a Math for Health Sciences prerequisite at RTC. Passing this exam does not award
credits for taking a Math for Health Sciences course – it only indicates knowledge of course material and a fulfillment
of a prerequisite.
|Minimum of Pre-Algebra with a 2.0 or better within the last year or a minimum score of 60 on the Pre-Algebra COMPASS
exam. COMPASS exam must have been taken within one year prior to taking the Math for Health Sciences Challenge Exam.
|Frequency of taking exam:
|A student can take the challenge exam once per quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).
|Cost of the exam:
|$40 proctoring fee is payable to the RTC cashiers office. This fee is paid each time the exam is taken. This fee must
be paid prior to taking the exam.
|What to bring to exam:
|Receipt for proctoring fee. Photo ID. Pencil and eraser
|Scheduling for exam:
|Exam is offered through the RTC Testing Center. Please see the Testing Center’s schedule for available dates and times.
The RTC Testing Center works closely with the college's special populations'
counselor. On the counselor's recommendation, reasonable accommodations can be
provided to students with documented disabilities. Arrangements must be made by
contacting Karma Forbes, the special population's counselor
Please arrange for child care; children are not permitted in the Testing