What You Need to Know
Our colleges have a close community feel with many opportunities to have fun and make friends.
Classes won't be easier, but our colleges offer a lot of personal support in small class sizes. Transfer classes meet all the same standards as university classes — that's why their credits transfer so smoothly.
Most colleges and universities, two-year and four-year alike, require students to take placement tests to find out whether they are ready for college-level classes or need some extra help. The most common are ACCUPLACER and COMPASS. But, if you get a college-ready score on your 11th grade Smarter Balanced Assessment in high school, you can skip those tests altogether.
Washington state is one of many states that use the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The assessment is given at various grade levels to track whether students are learning what they need to know to be prepared for jobs or college after they graduate from high school. If you are in 11th grade and get a college-ready score on the assessment, you can bypass the placement tests most students have to take when they enroll in college. If you're not quite there yet, ask your high school about a senior-year "Bridge to College" course.
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