Testing Centers - Puyallup and Fort Steilacoom
The Testing Center offers a variety of testing services. The following services and exams are available:
- COMPASS assessment. The COMPASS assessment is used to determine your current skill levels so that you can be placed in the appropriate courses at Pierce College. This test is required for all students who are taking English or math classes, or any classes that have English or math prerequisites.
The COMPASS assessment is not timed, but most students need between two and two and a half hours to complete the test, which includes sections on reading, writing, and math. The assessment may be retaken, however you must wait at least five days between each attempt. Should you choose to retake the COMPASS assessment, you must repay the $15 fee and your new scores will override your previous scores even if they are lower. Students are strongly encouraged to review areas of focus before retaking the COMPASS assessment.
Cost is $15 (non-refundable) and must be paid to the campus cashier prior to starting the assessment. There are no appointments needed; walk-in testing hours are available. Photo identification is required; there are no exceptions. For more information, call Fort Steilacoom Testing Center at 253-964-6521 or Puyallup at 253-840-8343.
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.
- HOBET Testing (Fort Steilacoom Center only)
The Health Occupations Basic Evaluations Test (HOBET) is required for admission to Pierce College's veterinary technology program. It is offered in computerized formats only. There is a $30 fee (non-refundable). To schedule an appointment, call 253-964-6521.
- TOEFL (Fort Steilacoom Center only)
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is offered to Pierce College students and the public. This test is useful for a number of programs, including Pierce College's Intensive English program for international students. There is a $150 registration fee payable through TOEFL. Photo identification is required. For more information, call 253-964-6521.
- Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam (Puyallup Center only)
Offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call the Testing Center at 253-840-8341 or 253-840-8343 to make an appointment. The cost will be $25 payable at the Cashier's Office and you must present valid photo identification. The test must be taken within 1 year of the application date and only (1) retake is allowed. The cost of a retake is $25. For more information please see the Nursing Department web site at www.pierce.ctc.edu/dept/nursing/.
- GED Testing
General Education Development (GED) tests are for those wishing to earn a GED certificate, which is equivalent to a high school diploma and meets most employment criteria and the educational eligibility requirement to receive federal financial aid for college. Cost is $120. All registrations and payments are done through www.gedtestingservice.com or call 1-877-392-6433.
- Faculty Make-Up Exams
If you are unable to take an exam at the time it was given by the instructor, you may be able to make it up at the Testing Center during walk-in testing hours. Arrangements for the test to be taken in the testing center must be made with your instructor. Photo identification is required to complete a make-up exam.
- eLearning Exams
Students using any of the eLearning options at Pierce College may take their exams during walk-in hours at the Testing Center. Photo identification is required. For more information, call Fort Steilacoom Testing Center at 253-964-6521 or Puyallup at 253-840-8343.
- Proctor Exams
Students from other academic institutions or businesses may take non-Pierce College exams at the Testing Center. These proctor exams can be online or paper-based. There is a $25 fee per exam (non-refundable). To schedule an appointment to take a proctor exam, call Fort Steilacoom Testing Center at 253-964-6521 or Puyallup at 253-840-8343.
- Credit by Examination
You can challenge selected Pierce College courses by submitting a Credit by Examination application (available in the Testing Center). There is a $30 per credit (non-refundable) fee for the exam. Photo identification is required. For more information, call Fort Steilacoom Testing Center at 253-964-6521 or Puyallup at 253-840-8343.
M-Th: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.