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For many students, testing is a critical step to getting on track with their college education. The Testing Centers at Pierce Fort Steilacoom and Pierce Puyallup can help you determine what course best suits your needs, allow you to take courses online or through multimedia presentations, challenge courses to receive college credit, or offer you a chance to earn a GED. The Testing Centers are also a convenient way to make up a test you may have missed when it was originally given in class.

Recent High School Students

Recent high school students may use their high school transcripts to determine initial placement into Pierce College math courses according to the following guidelines. Students are still required to take the COMPASS placement test and may use either measure to determine initial placement.

  • All high school math courses used for placement must have been taken within the last two academic years.
  • Must have received at least a 'B' (3.0) grade or higher in the last semester of the course they wish to use for placement.
  • Must present an unofficial copy of the high school transcript to his/her advisor to provide evidence of successfully completing the prerequisite high school course.

Please see an advisor in either the Welcome Center at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom or Student Success Center at Pierce College Puyallup for more information.

COMPASS Walk-In and other Testing

COMPASS walk-in and other testing includes: COMPASS assessment, faculty make-up exams, distance learning, proctor exams and all non-GED exams.

  • For all tests, please bring Picture I.D. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.
  • NEW students (with the exception of Running Start Students) must go to the Admissions Office and be issued a Pierce College student identification number prior to taking the COMPASS.
  • Prospective Running Start Students will use their social security number to take the COMPASS. If the prospective running start student qualifies for the program, then the student completes an admission's form.
  • A $15 non-refundable fee must be paid to the Cashier's Office to take the COMPASS.
  • Students who wish to take the COMPASS and do not plan to attend Pierce College must know their Social Security Number to take the assessment.
  • Please Note: The COMPASS assessment scores are valid for one year from date of test.
  • Students are prohibited from bringing anything (cell phones, purses, bags, coats, hats, books, food, beverages, etc.) into the Testing Center. Lockers are provided for students outside the Testing Center.

To view COMPASS assessment sample questions, go to: www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html.

Need to Study for the Compass exam? Need to brush up on pre-algebra, algebra or college algebra? Want unlimited Practice for FREE?

Got to www.wamap.org and click on the tab labeled "Placement Review" on the top right side of the blue navigation bar.

Once you are on the WAMAP Placement Review page

  • If you already have a WAMAP account, simply log in
  • If you are New to WAMAP, click on the button to "Create an account and Enroll"

After taking the COMPASS, if you believe you are ready for a higher level math course, you may take the Pierce College Math Challenge Assessment (PCMCA). The purpose of the PCMCA is to provide an opportunity for students to challenge their COMPASS math placement to determine their readiness for a higher level math course.

For more information or to schedule a non-walk-in exam, please call the Testing Center.

Testing Hours

M-Th: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
F: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

COMPASS Testing ends 2 hours prior to closing.


Fort Steilacoom
Voice: 253-964-6521
Fax: 253-912-3712

Voice: 253-840-8343
Fax: 253-840-8331

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