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Placement Tests

Marylhurst students will demonstrate college-level skills needed to succeed in their academic, working and civic lives. Writing and math outcomes are built into the Marylhurst Core.

Placement tests aid students in determining the best path to meeting the core requirements.

Writing placement test

Students entering Marylhurst University should take the COMPASS writing placement test prior their first term of enrollment unless they have completed:

  • an AAOT degree
  • a previous bachelor's degree
  • a transfer course equivalent to WR 215 Basic Expository Writing and Critical Thinking with a grade of C- or better

The COMPASS test can be taken in the Advising Center, or scores from another institution taken no more than five calendar years before admission will be accepted.

COMPASS test scores
COMPASS test score Class to take
69 or less Developmental writing courses at the community college
70 to 78 WR 215 and MC 201
79 or higher WR 221 and MC 201

Math placement test

Most students will not need to take a math placement test to complete the Marylhurst Core. Students should take the math placement test only if they plan to use MTH 251/SS 251 Basic Statistics to meet the quantitative reasoning requirement and have not completed a transfer course equivalent to MTH 111 Intermediate Algebra.


Contact the Advising Center at 503.534.4050 or

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