Current sophomores and juniors are eligible to take the College Readiness Test (COMPASS test) now in order to qualify for the Running Start program at Clark College. For more information, students can pick up “Fall 2012 Testing Information” located by Mrs. Ross’s door.
Running Start is a state-funded program that allows students to concurrently earn high school and college credits. Students who are college-ready and pass the COMPASS test can choose to enroll - tuition free - either full time or part time at Clark College.
The following information outlines the qualifying steps to becoming a Running Start student:
- Come by the Counseling Center and pick up a Fall 2012 Testing Information Sheet.
- Fill out an online application to Clark College. The application fee is $20.00 which is paid at the time of testing.
- Take the COMPASS test at one of the Clark College campuses: Columbia Tech Center by Walmart on 192nd offers this computerized test at 10:00am, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm. The downtown Vancouver testing center is located in Gaiser Hall and is open until 4:00pm each day. You must bring photo ID and a $20.00 check for the application fee in order to test.
- If the test scores are at college level (Reading & Writing; Math is optional), take the test scores to Gaiser Hall and sign up for an orientation which will take place in June or July.
- Students can retest if scores are not high enough to qualify. The initial test is free but retakes cost $10.50 per test.
- Students with passing scores will need to get an Enrollment Verification Form filled out by the high school counselor and turn it in at Gaiser Hall in May.
- Following orientation, students register for Running Start classes.
Please call or email Mrs. Ross with any questions about the Running Start program or process of applying.
Go for it, Renegades!