The English Challenge Test
As of 9/20/2012 there is a new Challenge Test procedure.
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If your placement on the COMPASS test is borderline, your test results sheet will tell you so and will advise you to take the English Challenge Test. The Challenge Test requires you to read a short article and write an essay in response to a question about the article. If you take the Challenge Test, it is possible that you will receive a higher placement.
Note: you may take this test only if you have already taken the COMPASS test.
Student must have placement of at least 070 to be eligible to take the Challenge Test.
Common Questions About the English Challenge Test
What are my chances of receiving higher placement?
Good, if you are able to read at the appropriate level. Experience has shown us that there is a relationship between reading and writing ability. To take English 092 or 093 successfully, you should read at the 089 level or above. To succeed in Engl& 101, you should read at the 106 level or above.
- I took the assessment test several quarters ago. Could my reading have improved?
Yes. If you received your reading placement more than two quarters ago, you may need to retake the reading test, especially if you've successfully completed any social science, business, or humanities classes. Contact the Testing Services office at (425) 564-2243, or telephone the Arts & Humanities Division at (425) 564-2341 and ask for the English Assessment Coordinator.
- In what situations should I take the Challenge Test?
The English department recommends taking the Challenge Test in the following situations:
- If your scores on the COMPASS test fall into a "Borderline" category, the Assessment Office will recommend the Challenge Test.
- If you have passed the equivalent of Engl& 101 at a non-accredited college or university, you may take this test for placement into English 201 or 235. However, you must first take the assessment test and have your transcript evaluated (B125) before signing up for the test.
- If you have passed a three-quarter-credit English 101, you may take this test for placement into English 201, 235, or 271. However, you must have your transcript evaluated (B125) before registering for the test.
- Special Accommodation: If you need special testing accommodation, please call (425) 564-2243 for information.
Note: You should not take this test to challenge a placement made by your instructors in English 071, 072, 073, or 074. The English department is highly unlikely to override a placement decision made by faculty who have reviewed an entire quarter's work, especially if your reading level is below 10.0.
- You must:
- First take the COMPASS test.
- On-line Registration only
- Bring a picture ID to the test session.
- Dictionary is allowed.
- Check Degree Audit for your test results.
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All challenge test essays are done on computers. Each test has a limit of 30 students. Accommodated testing for individuals who have disabilities is available upon request/approval. For further information call (425) 564-2243.
No. The Challenge Test adjusts placement but does not provide credit toward a degree.
Note: Students must have placement of at least 070 to be eligible to take the Challenge Test.
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