Placement for Classes

Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS)

The Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) is widely used to assess adult basic reading, math, listening, writing and speaking skills throughout the United States. The Seattle Vocational Institute (SVI) uses CASAS in order to understand your skill levels to help you develop an educational plan. If the CASAS scores are lower than the minimums required for program entry, we will help you identify your options. This may include enrolling in Adult Basic Education, GED® preparation, English as a Second Language classes or other ways to help you improve your scores.

About the CASAS Assessment:

The CASAS is a required part of the Admissions Process, and must be completed before you can register for classes. The test will assess:

  • Reading Skills: This computer-based test measures your ability to find specific information in text. You will be asked to read a passage and respond to questions that check your comprehension.
  • Mathematical Skills: This test assesses your knowledge and skills on everything from basic math to calculus. As you answer questions correctly, the computer will give you harder questions. The computer will continue this until it can verify your current mathematical skill level.

If you do not acquire the scores needed for your program you will be advised to take Adult Basic Education classes where you will receive instruction in either math or reading or both and retake the CASAS test.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Students entering Seattle Vocational Institute, who are not native English speakers, will be tested to determine placement in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Testing will include writing, reading, listening and speaking.

The test is offered on prearranged Mondays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 301. The test is free.

Upcoming ESL Tests
Date Time
Monday, May 1, 2017 12 - 2 p.m.
Monday, May 15, 2017 12 - 2 p.m.
Monday, June 5, 2017 12 - 2 p.m.
Monday, June 19, 2017 12 - 2 p.m.
Our Student Assessment Services offers a responsive assessment and support system dedicated to educational improvement. By incorporating assessment into testing, the Student Assessment Services provides an opportunity to reflect on who we serve, to monitor the progress and effectiveness of our goals, and both guide and support institutional decision-making.

For more information about placement for classes, contact the Admissions Office at 206.934.4945.