Assessment and Career Center

Contact UsPhone: 253.680.7030 
Fax: 253.680.7031

Bates Technical College Downtown Courtyard

Downtown Campus, Rm. M216

Office Hours:

Mon: 8-4 p.m.
Tue: 8-4 p.m.
Wed: 8-4 p.m. 
Thu: 8-4 p.m.
Fri: 8-4 p.m.

Bates Technical College South Campus

South Campus, Rm. 105 By appt. only

Bates Technical College Students
Welcome to the Assessment and Career Planning Center. We are dedicated to accessible and accurate placement and assessment services in a supportive, constructive manner for students, the college, and the greater community, enabling people to move forward in realizing their educational and personal goals.

>>Testing Calendar<<

What types of tests are offered at Bates?


Students seeking entry into a career education program at the college take the COMPASS test. This is an untimed, computerized test that will determine your career and academic placement. The test is offered at the Downtown Campus.  Students must pre-register at least 15 minutes prior to the test time. The non-refundable fee for the COMPASS test is $19.

General Education Development (GED)®

Bates Technical College provides General Education Development (GED® ) testing to those who have not completed the requirements to earn a high school diploma and who wish to earn a GED® certificate. Cost for the complete GED® battery is $120, or $30 per test or retest. 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The nationally-recognized CLEP examination program consists of general as well as subject-specific examinations in which students can earn college level credits. CLEP allows students to demonstrate specific knowledge or skills gained through professional training, outside courses, or independent study that is equivalent to what is taught in a college course. Bates is an Open National CLEP testing site; there are no other eligibility requirements for the CLEP exams. The total payment for each CLEP test is $99.95.

Career Cruising

Career Cruising is a free web-based career exploration assessment tool. The online assessment tools will help you understand the connection between skills and abilities, and career options that may suit your interests. Career Cruising offers a wealth of information for thousands of careers. Learn exactly what a specific job entails. Explore the life of someone working in the profession you're interested in. Learn more in this brochure (pdf).