COMPASS e-Write

The COMPASS Writing Essay is currently required for the BC Nursing and the Neurodiagnostic Technologist (NDT) program applications.

  • Available walk-in dates and times for the COMPASS e-Write Test are listed below
  • Pre-registration is not required.
  • You must bring a valid photo ID and the required test fee (debit/credit card or check is preferred).
  • Examinees are admitted to the test room on a first come first serve basis.
  • The test is timed. You have one hour to complete the test. Allow 1.5 hours for total test time which includes checking in, taking the test, and picking up the score report.
  • COMPASS e-Write test scores are generally available on the same day with a few exceptions.  In a case where it is not available the same day, it will take up to 2 days to get the results.

 

Test Fee

  • The test fee is $21.50
  • You pay the fee on the test day when you check in at the Testing Services. We accept check, credit or debit card for payment at our office. If you must pay with cash, you will need to pay at the cashier’s office in the B building after you have checked in at Testing Services.

Refund Policy

The testing fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.


Test Schedule

Upcoming e-Write test sessions:

Below are the days and times you may walk-in to take the test. The times listed are the earliest and latest time you may drop in to start a test. You may also drop in any time in between those hours listed to take the test. No appointments needed.

Test Days
Test Dates
Test Drop-in Times
More sessions will be added soon.
WednesdayAugust 27, 20149:00 AM - 4:00 PM
TuesdaySeptember 2, 20149:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Testing Location:

Bellevue College
Testing Services, B142
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007-6484


On the Test Day

Plan Your Time Accordingly
The test is timed; you have one hour to complete the test. Allow 1.5 hours for total test time which includes checking in, taking the test, and picking up the score report.

What To Bring On the Test Day

    • Bring a valid photo identification (you will not be able to test without a valid picture ID).
    • Bring your BC Student ID number. If you do not have a BC Student ID number, bring your Social Security Number.
    • Bring the payment for the fee. We can accept check, debit or credit card at our office.

Important Regulations

  • This is a computerized test and is timed; scratch paper and pencils are provided. You have up to one hour to complete the test.
  • COMPASS e-Write test scores are generally available on the same day with a few exceptions.  In a case where it is not available the same day, it will take up to 2 days to get the results.
  • No bags or back packs are allowed in the testing room. Lockers are available if you need to store your personal items.
  • All cell phones and other electronics must be turned off and stored away in a locker before the test.
  • No drinks or food in the testing room except for bottled water.
  • No breaks are allowed during the test.

Test Accommodation

If you need testing accommodation, please e-mail a request to testing@bellevuecollege.edu.


Sample COMPASS e-Write Prompt

Below is the information from the ACT COMPASS official website:

You’ll be given a writing task (prompt) framed within a familiar context. This might be a community or school setting where a problem or issue related to that setting is presented.

The prompt requires that you take a position and offer a solution supported with specific examples or evidence regarding the position taken. You should adopt one or the other of the points of view or solutions described in the writing prompt. Your score will not be affected by the point of view you take on the issue.

Sample COMPASS e-Write Prompt

A School Board is concerned that the state’s requirements for core courses in mathematics, English, science, and social studies may prevent students from taking important elective courses like music, other languages, and vocational education. The School Board would like to encourage more high school students to take elective courses and is considering two proposals. One proposal is to lengthen the school day to provide students with the opportunity to take elective courses. The other proposal is to offer elective courses in the summer. Write a letter to the School Board in which you argue for lengthening the school day or for offering elective courses during the summer, explaining why you think your choice will encourage more students to take elective courses.

Begin your letter: Dear School Board:

Your response is evaluated according to how well you:

  • Formulate a clear and focused position on the issue in the prompt
  • Support that position with reasons and evidence appropriate to the position taken
  • Focus on concerns of the specified audience (e.g., school board)
  • Develop your argument in a coherent and logical manner
  • Express your ideas using clear, effective language

You will receive a lower score for not taking a position on the specified issue, not supporting that position with reasons and evidence, not developing the argument, or not expressing those ideas using clear, effective language.


Inclement Weather and Emergency

Check the college homepage for campus closure due to inclement weather or any emergency. If the college campus is closed, testing will not be available. If conditions are dangerous, do not attempt to travel to the test center.


Contact Information:

Testing Services Contact Information:

Bellevue College
Testing Services, B142
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007-6484
Phone: (425) 564–2243
Fax: (425) 564-2132
testing@bellevuecollege.edu

Other Contact Information:

  • For information about admission requirements for Associate Degree Nursing Program, visit Nursing Department website.
  • For information about the Neurodiagnostic Technology (NDT) program, visit NDT program website.