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
The COMPASS Placement Assessment is essential for proper placement in classes at OCCC in order to help ensure you have a successful college experience. The COMPASS Placement Assessment is required for:
• Anyone enrolling in OCCC math and/or writing classes who has not taken college-level math within the past year or college-level writing within the past 5 years.
• Anyone enrolling in six or more credit hours in any single term.
• Anyone who does not possess a high school diploma or GED.
• Any High School junior or senior applying for the Expanded Options Program through their High School.
Compass is a computerized test that helps your college evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses. This testing is not timed. Compass offers tests in writing, reading and math. Please bring a calculator with you for the math portion of the test. Pencils and scratch paper will be provided. You will receive your Compass test results immediately upon completion of testing and your score report will include placement messages informing you what course level you placed into. Plan to stay 2 to 3 hours.
Compass Scores are only valid for one year.
Other resources to help you prepare for the COMPASS:
Learning Support at UNG – Reading and Writing Practice Exams and Tips for the COMPASS
Khan Academy – Math Preparation
Math Practice Tests and Tips at Johnson County Community College website
Please plan on arriving 20 to 30 minutes early. The 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 may 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. For testing in Newport, please schedule your test date and time by calling 541-867-8501 or 541-867-8505. For testing in Lincoln City, please call 541-996-6222.
Seating is limited, so reservations are required. No walk-ins accepted.
Registering for GED Testing
Go to the GED Testing Services website at gedtestingservice.com
Sign up for My GED.
Provide the information requested and watch the short video for information.
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 is 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.
Other Testing Services
Oregon Coast Community College can proctor exams for students enrolled in distance education (online) courses.
Online test proctoring is available by appointment only. Please call 541-867-8505 to schedule an appointment.
Testing services may also be provided in cases where a student misses an in-class test or requires accommodations. Students requesting this service should print a missed exam/special accommodations proctoring form, give it to their instructor to complete and return to Testing Services, then call 541-867-8505 to schedule an appointment
For the current Newport Campus proctoring schedule and additional information, please call 541-867-8501. To schedule a proctored test in the North County Center in Lincoln City, call 541-994-4166.