ASSET Testing

The ASSET test is a paper/pencil version of the placement test. It is an alternative to the computerized test (COMPASS). Chemeketa staff recommendation is required.  

Disability Services administers the ASSET test to students who require accommodations. Please contact the Office of Disability Services at 503.399.5192 for eligibility and scheduling.

Location: Salem campus, Building 6, Room 216
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 10 am - 8 pm

*Retest Fee $15

Important information about ASSET

  • Allow 3 hours for the ASSET placement test
  • There are three sections to the test: reading, writing, and math
  • You must take all three exams in one sitting
  • For math, you will need to choose one of the following tests –
    • Numerical Skills
    • Elementary Algebra
    • Intermediate Algebra
    • College Algebra
  • You may use a simple or scientific calculator on the ASSET math test unless you choose to take the Numerical Skills
  • Calculators are not allowed for the Numerical Skills test
  • Graphing calculators are not allowed for any section of the ASSET test
  • If you wish to be placed into a calculus class, then you must take the COMPASS test
  • Test results are available 48-72 business hours after test completion. You may pick up your results at Testing Services in building 2, room 110 in person with photo ID or view your ASSET test results on

For more information about the ASSET test, please contact -

What kind of questions are on the ASSET test?

The ASSET tests all use multiple-choice formats and samples are available for reviewing.

  • The Writing Skills test measures your understanding of appropriate usage in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, writing strategy and writing style.
  • The Reading Skills test measures your ability to find specific information in the text, and to make logical inferences that extend beyond the text information.

For the math test, students choose to take any of the tests below -

  • The Numerical Skills test assesses your knowledge and skills in the performance of basic math operations using whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. This test also measures pre-algebra knowledge and skills such as your understanding of prime numbers, absolute values, scientific notation and square roots.
  • The Elementary Algebra test measures skills often taught in a first-year high school algebra class, including evaluating and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations, and performing operations with polynomials.
  • The Intermediate Algebra test measures skills often taught in a second year high school algebra class, including factoring, graphing, solving linear inequalities and calculating slope and distance.
  • The College Algebra test measures skills often taught in a first-year college algebra course, including performing operations with complex numbers, exponential functions, factorials and graphs of polynomials.