COMPASS Placement Testing

No Compass testing on 4/16/2016

The COMPASS Placement Assessment is essential for proper placement in classes at Oregon
Coast Community College 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 an untimed, computerized test that helps your college evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses. 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.

See sample test questions online at:

For additonal important testing information and free practice tests, click here.

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 $15.00. 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 $5.00. 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.


LINCOLN CITY – Call 541-867-8501 for current testing dates.

NEWPORT – Mondays @ 1:00 PM and Fridays @ 8:30 AM (400 SE College Way)