Placement Testing

As part of the Admissions process, placement test scores are required. Coastal administers the COMPASS as the official placement test. We also accept official COMPASS, ASSET, Accuplacer/CPT, SAT, and ACT scores earned within the past 36 consecutive months from the month of administration from other institutions. Distance Learning students are encouraged to find an institution near them that offers one of the accepted placement testing options. Placement test scores may be waived by a Counselor if you have previous college credit in English and math.

Effective January 5 – May 29, 2015
A.D. Guy Business Technology Building – Room 108

Much more than a series of tests, the COMPASS™ system is a comprehensive testing system:

  • computer-adaptive and Internet-delivered
  • helps place students into appropriate courses
  • maximizes the information postsecondary schools need to ensure student success

Using the latest technology, COMPASS measures your students’ skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Then it provides fast, accurate results to help you make the right course placement decisions. The system also includes e-Write, an electronically scored direct writing assessment that provides results in seconds, and 26 diagnostic tests in the areas of math, reading, and writing skills.

  • Picture ID required.
  • No appointment necessary.
  • Walk-in basis only and seats are subject to availability.

Morning Sessions
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Check-in between 8:00am – 9:00am

Afternoon Sessions
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Check-in between 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Evening Sessions
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Check-in between 5:30pm – 6:30pm

No Testing on the Following Dates:

Monday, January 19
Week of March 30 – April 3
Monday, April 6
Monday, May 25

For more information about Compass Testing, visit their web site at

TABE Testing

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a standardized basic skills assessment that will assign a grade level of 0.0-12.9 for reading, math, and language for potential students. You cannot fail the TABE. It is used as a tool to help teachers make a learning plan that will work for a potential student. The TABE is the most widely used assessment in the adult education field. All Adult Basic Education students entering the Basic Skills Program are required to take the TABE. In addition to using the assessment in Adult Basic Skills, it is also used as a qualifier for many Continuing Education classes such as: Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technician, and Emergency Medical Technician.

The TABE test is given from 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM Monday through Wednesday in the Continuing Education Building, Room 200. No appointment is necessary and a photo ID is required. Your scores are good for one year.