Welcome to the placement workshop!
The Compass Placement test is an important first step in your college journey. It is used to help ensure that you have a successful start in your college experience here at Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC).
This site is designed to help you do your best on the placement test. Accurate placement is important to place you in the right class, and may reduce the time and money that you spend in college. Starting in a class that is below your skill level may be boring for you, while starting in a class that is above your skill level may be too difficult.
These workshops have been created by OCCC staff and faculty to prepare you to take the Compass Placement Test. Please take your time and be sure to use the links provided at the end of each corrected question as they have been carefully selected by OCCC faculty to help you study.
You are now ready for the Placement Test Workshop.
Please click on Reading to begin the first workshop.
After you finish the Reading Workshop, please take the Algebra Part 1 Workshop
If you score 70% or above on Algebra Part 1, please take the Algebra Part II Workshop
If you score below 70% on the Algebra Part 1, please take the Pre-Algebra Workshop
When you have complete the Math portion of the workshop, please take the Writing Workshop
Oregon Coast Community College uses a variety of information to place students into courses and to ensure students have a successful college experience. The placement test is one mechanism utilized. Students will be informed by their academic advisor of the need to take a placement test.
Currently OCCC uses COMPASS for placement into reading and writing courses, and ALEKS for placement into math classes. Both COMPASS and ALEKS are computerized tests and have no time limit. When scheduling your placement test appointment, it is best to reserve two hours for reading and writing and one hour for math.
Prior to testing, students should complete the online admissions application, schedule an individual appointment with an academic advisor, and complete the online test preparation (click the tab, above).
Other resources to help you prepare for the placement tests:
Khan Academy – Math Preparation
Math Practice Tests and Tips – at Johnson County Community College website
On the day of your test, please plan to arrive 20 to 30 minutes early. The COMPASS test fee is $15. Occasionally it is necessary and/or beneficial for students to retest in a specific subject area. The fee for each retest in each subject area is $5. The testing/retesting fee must be paid prior to testing. Please bring your receipt, photo identification and Social Security number to the test session. Valid photo identification is needed in order to receive test scores. A Social Security number is necessary if the student wishes to apply for financial aid.
ALEKS placement in math has free tutoring and retests available for six months for motivated students to utilize to increase their math placement.
Placement test days, times, and locations are listed below:
Newport: Mondays at 1:00 p.m. and Fridays at 8:30 a.m.
Lincoln City: Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Seating is limited at each placement test session. Please specify the subject areas you are testing in and if it is a retest. Please call 541-867-8501 (Newport) or 541-996-6222, ext. 201 (Lincoln City) to reserve your seat.
*If you are taking the COMPASS to enroll at another school, please alert us when making your appointment.
Registering for GED Testing
Go to the GED Testing Services website at gedtestingservice.com
Create a MyGED Account
Making an Appointment for Testing
Locate a testing center.
Check the testing schedule.
Choose an appointment day and time.
Pay for the test (Credit or Debit card, Voucher).
Current GED Testing Schedule (Currently only in Newport)
Wednesday: 8:15 – 11:45
Thursday: 1:15 – 4:45
GED Testing Fees
The testing fee is $38 per test for a total of $152, and $10 for each retest. A testing candidate will be able to take two retests (per year), per subject area for a total of 8 tests. All initial and re-take fees are paid when a testing appointment is made.
Arriving for Your Test
- Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled test appointment.
- Please bring a valid government issued picture I.D. (I.D. should include date of birth, address and signature).
- Check in at the Student Services counter.
- Follow the directions given you to the GED testing waiting area.
- Read and sign the Candidate Rules Agreement (both sides).
- Wait quietly and listen for your name to be called.
Candidates that are 16 and 17 years of age will need to provide proof of one of the following requirements in order to take the GED test.
- A Release from Compulsory Attendance from last high school attended.
- Be a student in the GED Options program.
- Legally emancipated from parents/guardians.
Candidates should refrain from bringing to the testing center large items such as backpacks, purses, laptops and other electronics, notebooks and books. Your personal items must fit in small lockers provided to you during testing. You will be asked to remove large watches and other large jewelry items before entering the testing room. The only things candidates need to bring to the testing center are their I.D. and car keys (if applicable).
This webpage will be updated as additional information becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryle Burkhart, the Testing Specialist, at 541-867-8505.
To obtain a copy of a GED certificate or a GED transcript earned in 2013 or before, go here.
For information regarding GED preparation classes, please contact Patricia DiGiulio at 541-867-8557 for classes at the Central Campus in Newport or Julie Reynolds-Otrugman at 541-996-6222, ext. 211 for classes at the North County Center in Lincoln City.
Oregon Coast Community College proctors exams for students enrolled in distance education (online) courses. The proctoring fee is $20.00 per class, per term. There is no proctoring fee for OCCC and PCC students. Online test proctoring is available by appointment only. Please call 541-867-8505 to schedule an appointment. Please provide the following information to your instructor:
Cheryle Burkhart – Testing Specialist/Proctor.
Phone # – 541-867-8505. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Address – 400 SE College Way, Newport, OR 97366
Testing services are also provided in cases where a student misses an in-class test or requires accommodations. Students requesting these services should have their instructor complete the proctoring instructions form, and submit it to the Testing Center along with the exam. It is the student’s responsibility to call the Testing Center at 541-867-8505 to schedule an appointment.
For the current Newport Campus proctoring schedule, additional information or to make a testing appointment, please call 541-867-8505. To schedule a proctored test in the North County Center in Lincoln City, call 541-994-4166.