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Center for University Studies and Programs (CUSP)

Math Placement Test

How To Get Placed Into A Math Course

In an ongoing attempt to expand student access and make math assessment more convenient for all students, we will no longer be offering the Academic Math Placement Test at UW Bothell and have cancelled the test originally scheduled for
Friday, October 31, 2014.

Instead, we are accepting the COMPASS Test.  The COMPASS Test can be taken at any time and is offered by most community colleges in the area including on our campus through Cascadia Community College, and also at Everett Community College, Bellevue College and Shoreline Community College. For COMPASS testing locations please go to:    http://act.org/compass/sites/index.html


ACT Compass is an untimed, computerized test that helps your college evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses. You will receive your ACT Compass test results immediately upon completion of testing. UW Bothell will accept COMPASS test scores that are less than one year old. Students must bring an official copy of their scores from the college testing center and drop them off at the CUSP Advising office (UW1-173). Currently, we cannot accept scores directly from the testing centers and upload them into our system.

What Do My Scores Mean?

Please understand that our cut-offs and placement may be different than those of the college where students took the exam.

Algebra Test:

  • 0-50       BMATH 121
  • 51-74     BMATH 122
  • 75-100   BMATH 123

College Algebra Test:

  • 0-27       BMATH 121
  • 28-34     BMATH 122
  • 35-100   BMATH 123

Trigonometry Test:

  • 26-50     BMATH 123
  • 51-100   STMATH 124 OR BMATH 144

How Can I Arrange to Take the Compass Test?

UW Bothell does not currently offer the Compass test, but many community colleges do. Below is a list of local community colleges that offer the compass test. You may also contact a college closer to you.

*Information provided by ACT at http://www.act.org/compass/student/index.html

Did You Know?

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