Compass testing is no longer offered by the College of Western Idaho. The College of Western Idaho will continue to accept Compass placement scores through December 2019.

Acceptable Placement Scores

Write Class Placement (English)

All Incoming students must take the CWI Write Class Placement (WCP) exam unless they have previous English college credit. The exam uses multiple measures (such as GPA, Standardized Test scores, and self-assessment) to direct students into the appropriate English courses for this skill level. This WCP is taken online by the student, at his or her pace. Students may be placed into ENGL 101 Plus (ENGL 101P with companion course ENGL 100), or ENGL 101. Students who have a high score will be invited to apply for placement in English 102. Students may choose to take ENGL 101 Plus even if they place into a higher course.

For students who speak English as a learned language, CWI uses the Write Class Placement to determine whether placement in English as a Second Language courses is in the student’s best interest. These courses that are specially designed to meet these students’ needs and help them be successful in an academic setting. An ESL specialist will contact the student with their ESL placement.

To take the Write Class Placement from home, please visit Please be advised that this test can only be taken one time and you will need your CWI Student ID Number to test.

Math Placement

An ACT and/or SAT exam score that is 3 years old or less, is used to determine the placement of an incoming student into the appropriate mathematics course. An incoming student will need to take the Math Diagnostic to determine placement if the student does not have either ACT or SAT scores or previous college Math placement. The table below indicates the course options for students using the Math score on the ACT or SAT. Students who wish to place higher than their ACT or SAT scores allow may also take the Math Diagnostic. Listed below is the Diagnostic results placement. The mathematics course which is required for graduation of degree-seeking students is determined by the students’ chosen major.

For Math Diagnostic Test review, please visit:

ACT Math Score SAT Math Score SAT16 Math Score CWI Course Options*
≤ 22 ≤ 450 ≤ 490 Take Math Diagnostic
≥ 23 ≥ 460 ≥ 500 Math 095/123
≥ 26 ≥ 540 ≥ 570 Math 130/143/147/153
≥ 27 ≥ 620 ≥ 640 Math 144/160
≥ 29 ≥ 650 ≥ 670 Math 170

* Score placement indicates the highest class eligible for enrollment. You may choose to enroll in any class below this level.

Items to bring for your Placement Testing

  • Please bring a valid Photo ID (expired ID is not valid).
    • Accepted forms of ID are Driver's License, State ID Card, Military ID Card, Passport, Permanent Resident Card, CWI Student ID Card, or current-year High School ID card for current High School students.
  • Personal scientific calculators are permitted for the Math Placement Test. Calculators are also available from the Assessment Center for use. Graphing calculators are not allowed on the Math Placement.
  • All placement tests must be scheduled via

Please contact us for any additional help or questions.

Distance Placement Testing

To take your placement test outside of the CWI Testing & Assessment facilities, please download, complete, and submit the Distance Proctor Request Form. Please allow up to 48 business hours for processing once we receive your request. If your request is received after normal business hours, your request will be treated as being received the next business day.

Anatomy & Physiology Placement

Beginning in Fall of 2017, students wishing to register for ANT 211 or ANAT 211L (Anatomy & Physiology I or the A&P I lab), must first do one of the following before being allowed to register: pass BIOL 111 (old BIOL 201), OR pass MMBS 111 (old BIOL 221), OR pass a placement exam with a 70% or greater.

The placement exam may only be taken at a CWI Testing Center. The exam is 100 questions long with a time limit of 120 minutes. Students failing to pass the exam on the 1st attempt will be allowed a single retake within 30 days of the initial attempt. Students failing with a 60% or below are strongly encouraged to register for, and take, BIOL 111 or MMBS 111. Both of these classes are required for nearly all degrees that also require anatomy & physiology. By taking and passing one of these classes 1st, students have a much higher chance of successfully completing A&P I. Students still wishing to retake the placement test will be given free access to online study materials for 30 days. 

The following link contains the learning outcomes that will be assessed during the placement exam. Students are encouraged to use this list as a study guide before attempting to take the placement exam.

Click here to download the A&P Placement study guide.