Testing Center Prep and Alternatives

Our Placement Test is required for students new to Everett Community College who are taking more than 7 credits, or taking classes that have a English, Math or Reading level prerequisite. If you are a returning EvCC student, have completed the placement testing within the past 2 years, taken classes here at EvCC and are returning after an absence of 3 or more quarters, you may not need to test.  We would recommend that you speak with an Advisor prior to registering for classes. The Counseling, Advising & Career Center is located on the 3rd floor of the Parks Building or you may contact them at 425-388-9263.  Welcome back to EvCC!

Are there alternatives to taking the placement test?

As an alternative to taking one of the EvCC placement tests, you may select one of the following options, and you MUST submit the transcript or score report directly to Enrollment Services at least four working days prior to the time you wish to register, with a Placement Test Waiver Form

  1. Submit an official or unofficial copy of a transcript from another college showing the completion of at least 45 quarter hour credits (30 semester hours), with a 2.0 GPA or better. This will waive the requirement to take our placement test for admission, but you still may need to take the placement test for EvCC courses that require specific scores.
  2. Submit an official or unofficial copy of a transcript from another regionally accredited college showing the completion of a college writing or composition course with a grade of C or higher. If we can determine an equivalent to an EvCC English course (ENGL 98 or 101), we will waive our English placement test and assign you to the equivalent level. You must still take the Math and Reading tests.
  3. Submit an official or unofficial copy of a transcript from another regionally accredited college showing the completion of a college level intermediate algebra class (or college algebra or pre-calculus) with a grade of C or higher. If we can determine an equivalent to an EvCC math class, we will waive the Math placement test and assign you to an equivalent level. You still need to take the English and Reading tests.
  4. Take the ASSET, COMPASS or ACCUPLACER at another college and submit a copy of the test score sheet. EvCC will use its own cut-off scores to determine placement. Scores may be no older than two years.

May I re-take the placement test?

The ability to re-take the placement test follows these guidelines:

  1. Approval must be gained first from the Testing Center staff.
  2. Upon obtaining permission to retake the test, you must pay a $10 Test Re-take fee at the Cashiers Office and bring the receipt to the Testing Center when you come for your re-take. All payment must be made at the Cashiers office.  The Testing Center can not accept direct payments.

Should I prepare for the test?  If so, how?

It is not a bad idea to brush up, particularly in math, so that your placement results indicate course placements that are well-matched to your current capabilities. You may wish to brush up your skills by reviewing grade school and high school – level textbooks, books like the popularly published SAT "prep" books, or at www.math.com, but that is not required.

Try these sample questions:

Reading Skills

Directions: The passage below is followed by several questions. After reading the passage, choose the best answer to each question. You may refer to the passage as often as necessary.

The Industrial Revolution got underway first in England. This is a historical fact of the utmost significance, for it explains in large part England’s primary role in world affairs in the nineteenth century. Consequently, the question of why the Industrial Revolution began where it did is of much more than academic interest.

The problem may be simplified by eliminating those countries that could not, for one reason or another, have generated the Industrial Revolution. Italy at one time had been an economic leader but had dropped behind with the discoveries and shift of the main trade routes from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Spain had been economically predominant in the sixteenth century but had then lost out to the northeastern states for various reasons already noted. Holland enjoyed her Golden Age in the seventeenth century, but she lacked the raw materials, labor resources and water power necessary for machine production. The various countries of central and eastern Europe had been little affected by the Commercial Revolution and hence did not develop the technical skills, the trade markets, and the capital reserves needed for industrialization.

1. The author asserts that England’s primary role in world affairs in the 19th century can be explained in large part by:

A. the Industrial Revolution getting underway in England first.
B. England’s overwhelming naval power.
C. the decline of Italy, Spain Holland and central and eastern Europe.
D. England’s unlimited source of power to fuel its industry.

Pre-Algebra Skills

1. 5% of 40 =

A. .2
B. 2.0
C. 80
D. 90
E. Not given

2. 16x – 8 = ?

A. 8x
B. 8 (2x-x)
C. 8 (2x-1)
D. 8 (2x-8)

3. Three people who work full-time are assigned to work on a project, but their total time on the project must be equal to that of only one person working full-time on the project. If one of the people is assigned to work ½ of her time, and another person for 1/3 of her time, what part of the third person’s time should be devoted to this project?

A. 1/3
B. ¼
C. 1/6
D. 1/8

(Note: students who have studied more advanced math will be given an intermediate or advanced algebra test.)

Writing Skills

Select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence.

Mr. Keeler planning to plant an apricot tree in his yard next summer.

A. planning
B. are planning
C. with a plan
D. plans


Reading Skills: A
Math Skills: B, C, C
Writing Skills: D