The Alternate Placement Test (APT)

The Alternate Placement Test (APT) is an additional test for students who have taken the COMPASS Placement Test, and who have placed into RD080 or below and/or WR080 or below.

Why have I been asked to take the APT?

You are taking the APT to ensure best placement into your reading and writing courses. Without these important additional results, your registration will be blocked.

What sort of test is it, and how is it different from the COMPASS Test?

The APT Test is a paper test that includes a reading text and a short written essay in response to that text. It is not a multiple-choice test. You will answer questions using your own words.

It is free of charge, but may only be taken once. Results for the APT many times create a clearer picture of a student’s abilities and, in some cases, can result in a higher course placement than the initial COMPASS placement.

The COMPASS Test is a computer-based test. The writing test emphasizes sentence editing and the reading portion is multiple-choice. You may be able to place higher than WR090 if you retake the COMPASS test. The cost for taking the COMPASS again within a calendar year is $15.

Where and when can I take it?

If you have been asked to take the APT, please register for one of the following sessions:

  • Session 1, Salem Campus, Bldg. 22 Room 107 (dates TBD)
  • Session 2, Salem Campus, Bldg. 22 Room 107 (dates TBD)
  • Session 3, Salem Campus, Bldg. 22 Room 107 (dates TBD)

You will receive a registration email and a confirmation email. If you need to change your session date or time, please contact Jose Ceja-Garibay, academic development advisor, 503.399.5109.

What should I bring with me?

  • Arrive 15-20 minutes before your session begins to check in
  • Bring your K# (Chemeketa student ID) and your current placement test results
  • Bring your My Chemeketa user name and password
  • maximum time allowed for the APT is 2 hours


When taking the APT, be sure to read the text thoroughly and take notes where helpful. When writing, answer the question as completely as possible, including complete sentences and paragraphing.

How will I find out the results?

You will receive a phone call from Jose Ceja-Garibay, the academic development advisor, within 48 hours of taking the test. Once you have the results, you can arrange your advising time. Jose will answer any questions you have about the process.

I qualify for Disability Service Accommodations. Do these also apply to this test?

If you are eligible for accommodations, contact the Disabilities Specialist at 503.399.5192 (voice/TTY).

For more information, please contact:

Ana Angel, Bilingual Advisor
Building 22, Room 100
Phone: 503.399.5119