We look forward to meeting all new students during Orientation Week, which will provide a comprehensive orientation to Green River including: placement tests, class registration, campus tour, an overnight camp, and a trip to Seattle. It is very important to attend Orientation Week to get off to a good start on your academic journey at Green River Community College!
Testing & First Quarter Registration
Students who have met the English Proficiency Requirements for direct admission into academic programs will take the COMPASS test during orientation to determine class placement.
COMPASS is a computer-based assessment of reading, writing and math. There is no time limit. Results are available immediately after completing the assessment, and during orientation students will be given the chance to take COMPASS up to two times for each subject area. Based on COMPASS scores, advisors will then register students for first quarter classes. Students can make changes to their class schedule, within the guidelines of course placement set by the school.
Appropriate placement is important as it impacts a student’s progression through their program and academic success. Sequencing of courses is dependent on the requirements listed for each area of study.
Preparing for COMPASS Placement Testing
Your advisors strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the COMPASS test in advance. The more that you prepare, the more comfortable you will be when you take the test and the better chance you have of getting a score that accurately reflects your skills. Students are allowed to use a basic calculator during the test.
For more information on the COMPASS test see:
Test Re-takes & Alternatives
Can I retake the COMPASS test? If you think your COMPASS placement scores do not reflect your academic ability, you may retake the COMPASS within the following guidelines:
- Compass retakes are limited to one per quarter (January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December)
- Instructor permission to retake is required for students currently enrolled in ENGL 081/100 or READ 084/094. Instructor permission is also required for students currently enrolled in IESL and for those enrolled in Accelerated College Reading & Writing (ACRW).
- Retakes not complying with these restrictions, including those taken at other institutions, will not be recorded or used for placement purposes.
- Retake fees are $10 per section. Fees are non-refundable.
WAMAP Math Testing
The Washington Mathematics Assessment and Placement (WAMAP) another option for Math placement beyond the COMPASS test. Students can explore taking WAMAP after they have already tried COMPASS during orientation. Students should take the test for the math class they are attempting to enter. For example, if you wish to get into Math 072, take WAMAP for Math 072. Students are only allowed to tests for each math level once. The WAMAP is done on the computer in the Testing Center and is untimed, taking approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. It costs $10 per test. Fees are non-refundable.
See also: Assessment & Testing Center
Program Cost: $100.
This one quarter program is required for all incoming students. FFS helps students establish a strong learning foundation, enabling and supporting them in transferring to a top university. FFS offers students adapting to a new culture and language the extra help that can make a difference between success and failure in their first quarter. Students in FFS will have many opportunities to develop and perfect their skills. They will work alongside a Peer Mentor, who will be available during in person meetings and also via text or email. Peer Mentors are experienced Green River students who can speak to new students from their own experience, while listening to concerns, answering questions, and supporting the successes of new Green River international students as they begin to navigate their own academic journey at Green River!
Program Cost: $100.
This one quarter course is taken during the student’s first quarter and is required for all new Green River academic international students (except IESL graduates). The course prepares new international students for academic success at Green River and beyond by providing essential information and practical skills that will help make the transition into the college community and US as seamless as possible. ISCE provides the opportunity to learn about the university transfer process, college success strategies, and the expectations within the American collegiate classroom. By the end of the quarter, students will have gained a set of skills that will help them perform successfully in class, an indispensable list of college resources, knowledge of how to benefit from each school they have shortlisted, and a wealth of practical information about how to achieve academic success. This course counts for up to 2 credits towards the required 12 credits of full-time enrollment per visa regulations.
Accelerated College Reading & Writing (ACRW)
This is a specialized class for international students who are in academic coursework but whose COMPASS placement score for reading and writing were under the minimum for the first level of classes in the English department. This course counts 5 credits towards the required 12 credits of full-time enrollment per visa regulations, although credits do not show in a student’s online schedule. Advisors will register students who qualify for this course. Students in this course will be guided by the instructor in determining the optimum time to re-take the COMPASS placement exam.