NOTE for Running Start students during the COVID-19 campus closures:
- For continuing Running Start students, if you have any questions or schedule change requests for Spring Quarter with or without an EVF, you may e-mail Rachel.Navarro@seattlecolleges.edu.
- For potential/new Running Start students, including those who are interested in getting started for Spring or Fall 2020, you may e-mail Lynn.Christiansen@seattlecolleges.edu.
- To make an appointment with a Running Start advisor, please contact Sinath.Touch@seattlecolleges.edu.
The College Placement Test
- Required of all students who have not completed college level math or English composition
- Assesses students' skills in Reading, Writing Skills, Math, or English as a Second Language
- Determines placement of students in appropriate courses
- Running Start only covers tuition for courses 100-level and above (college level), therefore if a student does not test into college level courses they are not eligible for Running Start.
Exceptions to taking the Placement Test
- If a student has successfully completed a college-level English composition or mathematics course, the Placement Test is not required.
- ACT and SAT scores may be used for placement into college-level courses.
- Smarter Balanced is a standardized test taken at the high school in the 11th grade. Scores of 3 or 4 will qualify you for English 101. Please provide a copy of Smarter Balanced test scores to a Running Start advisor.
- Math Transcript Placement: Seattle Public Schools students may be able to place into college-level math classes using their high school transcript, depending on the courses taken and grades earned. Please see a Running Start Advisor to verify your placement.
How to access placement tools found at Student Assessment Services
- Obtain Student Identification Number (SID) by applying to South online. You will get an email with your acceptance and your student ID number within 2 business days.
- For English placement, refer to the English Directed Self-Placement (DSP) tool
- For Math placement, refer to the Math Placement Test online through Seattle Central College
- Schedule an advising appointment with a Running Start advisor
Note: Colleges and universities recommend taking mathematics courses throughout high school or continuing to take mathematics at a college.