About the Compass Exam

  • Compass consists of three sections: Writing, Reading, and Math (Algebra and Pre-Algebra).
  • All items used during the test will be provided by the testing center staff (e.g. calculator, scratch paper, and pencils).
  • The test is not pass/fail!  This test simply determines where students should start in their programs and indicates if Learning Support courses are required.
  • Students must arrive at the testing center with their walk-in form and photo ID before sign-in has ended.
  • Testing is on a first come first serve basis.
  • During busy times, there may be a short wait before a seat in the testing center becomes available.
  • If a student is unable to complete their exam by closing time, they may come back at another time to finish their exam.

Policies & Procedures

  • Test proctors will provide materials needed for testing.
  • Test scores are valid for 5 years.
  • In order to test, students must have a valid photo ID and present the required testing form to the assessment specialist.
  • Testing is on a first come first serve basis.  During busy times, there may be a short wait before a seat in the testing center becomes available.
  • Personal calculators, cell phones, or any type of study aides are not allowed in the testing center.
  • Students who are caught cheating will not be allowed to finish their exam and their scores will be voided.
  • Calculators will be provided by the testing staff, or students can access the built in calculator on the math portion of the Compass test.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the testing facility.
  • Personal music devices and headphones are not allowed in the testing center.
  • No talking or leaving the room once you begin your test.
  • Test proctors are available to assist with computer use and interpreting scores; however, procotors may not assist with answering test questions.
  • Test results can be viewed upon completion of testing.
  • An unofficial copy of the test results will be given to students upon completion of their exam.
  • Test proctors are not allowed to discuss specific testing results with testers.

Retest Guidelines

  • There will be a nonrefundable retest fee of $15.00.
  • Applicants cannot retest if they have begun a Learning Support course.
  • Once a Learning Support course is completed satisfactorily and a final grade of a "C" or better has been posted, students can retest in that particular subject one time.  If the required score is not met, the student must continue with the sequence of courses.
  • Test score must be within 5 points of the required Program Score for the specific content areas. (First attempt only.)
  • Test scores are valid for 5 years.
  • A retest cannot be given within 14 days of the original test date unless approved by staff.
  • Applicants planning to retest must report to the business office before testing to pay the retest fee.
  • This form must be brought with the student to the testing center and presented to the assessment specialist at the time of testing.

After Completion of the Compass Exam

  • Students will receive an unofficial copy of their scores.
  • A Testing Specialist will explain test results when exams are completed.
  • Scratch paper must be thrown away before leaving the Testing Center.

Exit Testing Policy

  • Students who successfully complete RDG 098, ENG 098, and MAT 099 are required to test out of each course on an assigned date determined by the testing center.
  • Required minimum scores for exit exams are: Reading - 79; Writing - 62; Algebra - 37.
  • If a student does not earn the required score on an exit exam, the student is allowed one retest on the earliest available test date.
  • Students still not meeting their score requirements will be referred to the Director of Support Services.

Tips for Taking the Compass

  • Take your time.
  • Follow all instructions and tutorials carefully.
  • If you are unsure of the instructions, don't hesitate to ask one of the testing specialists.

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