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West Los Angeles College is fully committed to each student and their individual educational journey. After 50 years of service to students we realize that it is in the best interest of the student to provide a rigorous academic program that prepares the student for Transfer to the University or their Vocational goal. We have found that we best support students when they are academically prepared for the coursework they endeavor to pursue. To this end Assessment Testing in Foundational Courses such as English, Math, and English as a Second Language is necessary. Through Assessment testing and additional information provided by you the student; Counselors are able to accurately advise you into the courses that are best for you.  



Students are strongly advised to prepare for Assessment testing before attempting the Assessment test. Assessment test preparation can be done through the West ExpressWay in the Academic Preparation Module.       


Compass Test Preview Site 1

Compass Test Preview Site 2



How many times can I take the Assessment test?  

Students are allowed to test once per year. Assessment results are valid for two years, after which time the student needs to re-test.  


Why should I take the Assessment test?  

Every student should take the Assessment test unless exempt. Since reading, writing and mathematics are essential skills for learning and understanding all subjects, is helpful for students to know their level of performance in these areas. Testing in these subjects, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) will show your educational strengths and needs and can provide useful information for planning a course of study at West Los Angeles College. Testing is not conducted to keep you out of college or specific classes. Your test results along with your High School records, educational and employment services, current work schedule and motivational level, can be used to help you plan your courses.  


Who takes the Assessment Test?

Students who have declared one of the following goals on their college application:

  • A Vocational Certificate
  • An Associates Degree
  • Transfer to a Four Year University
  • Undecided about your specific goals and considering one of the above options.


Waivers/ Exemptions:

Exemptions from the Assessment Process are available to students who have completed:


  • An Associate Degree or higher


  • Less than 15 units of College courses for purposes Personal Development


  • The appropriate pre-requisite course with a grade of ā€œCā€ or better as documented on an Official Transcript. Along with the transcript students must complete and attach a Pre-requisite Challenge form. Forms are available online and in the Counseling Center and Office of Matriculation Services.


  • An Assessment test placement results (not to exceed two years) from any college from Los Angeles Community College District. Along with this documentation students must attach a Pre-requisite Challenge form available in the Counseling Center or Office of Matriculation Services.


What if I have previously taken an Assessment Test/ or Class at another college?  

If you have taken a pre-requisite course (a course completed at with a grade of ā€œCā€ or better before a student can take a higher level course) or the Assessment exam in Los Angeles Community College District you may be exempt from the Assessment process. Bring your Transcript showing your Placement results to the Counseling Center. Counseling Website:  


What if I have completed High School AP courses?  

Please take an official copy of your High School Transcript to the Admissions office and schedule an Appointment to see a Counselor to discuss a pre-requisite challenge.  


What is the Compass / ESL Test like?  

The Compass test is adaptive. This allows students to take their time completing the test. The computer automatically determines which questions are presented to you based on your response to the previous questions. If necessary a student is allowed to take the Assessment test once a semester. Adaptive testing is a process where test items are dynamically selected from a collection of test items. These items are based on your response to previous questions.



If a student is presented with a question and answers it incorrectly he/she will be presented with a less difficult question. Conversely, if a student answers a question correctly, he/she will continue to receive questions each more difficult. The Compass test stores all the responses and along with your answers to other questions will create an appropriate placement for you.  


Do I have to pay for the Assessment Test?  

Assessment Services are free to students. Appointments for all Assessment test can be made online or in person in the Student Services Building (SSB 420). For assistance concerning Placement Result Interpretation: See a Counselor


Please contact: Counseling (310) 287-4257  Assessment (310) 287-4462