COMPASS Test

Contact UsPhone: 253.680.7030 
Fax: 253.680.7031
Testing@bates.ctc.edu

Bates Technical College Downtown Courtyard

Downtown Campus, Rm. M216

Office Hours:

Mon: 8:30-10 a.m.
Tue: 8:30-11 a.m.
Wed: 8:30-10 a.m. 
Thu: 8:30-11 a.m. 
Fri: 8:30-10 a.m.

See Test Schedule for test times.

Bates Technical College South Campus

South Campus, Rm. 105 By appt. only

Bates Technical College StudentsStudents who wish to register for a career education program take a computerized test called the COMPASS. It is not a pass/fail test and simply measures your academic skills in three areas: reading, writing and mathematics.

The test is designed to help promote your success as a student as it allows the college to determine the best placement in academic classes. The results determine placement in appropriate math and communication courses, and whether you meet the predetermined scores for direct entry into a career training program.

The COMPASS test is untimed. Most students need approximately two hours to complete the test.

Calculators: A calculator for Compass Testing is provided online. No handheld calculators are allowed.

Student must register and pay the non-refundable fee of $19 for the test at the Cashier's office at least 15 minutes prior to the latest scheduled testing time. Please remember to bring government-issued photo ID.

No appointment is necessary as testing is available on a first-come, first-served basis and starts promptly. Students arriving at the testing center after the test has started will not be admitted, so as not to disrupt those who have already started the test. All testing takes place at the Downtown Campus unless otherwise noted.

Current COMPASS Test Schedule