What Do My Scores Mean?

Placement Test Score Guidelines

WRITING SKILLS

 COMPASS Scores  ACT Scores  Placement Guideline
 01-37  14 & Below  ENG 040
 38-69  15-17  ENG 050
 70-100  18 & Above  ENG 101

READING SKILLS

 COMPASS Scores  ACT Scores  Placement Guideline
 01-60  01-13  RDG 040 (Read Right)
 61-80  14-17  RDG 050
 81-100  18 & Above  No Reading Required

MATH SKILLS

COMPASS Scores  ACT Scores  Placement Guidelines
          Pre-Algrebra    
                01-38  01-15  MTH 040
               39-100    MTH 050; MTH 105
          Basic Algebra    
               01-42  16-19  MTH  050; MTH 105;
               43-65  20-22  MTH 110
               66-100  23  MTH 130; MTH 128
         College Algebra    
               01-45  23  MTH 130; MTH 128
               46-100  26  MTH 131
           24  MTH 138
   27  MTH 210
         Trigonometry    
              01-45    MTH 131; MTH 138; MTH 210
              46-100  27  MTH 140

Please note: Students who have completed the ACT can also take the COMPASS test. This is helpful for students who feel their ACT scores were lower than expected, as OTC will use the higher of the two scores in each subject area.

Placement Test Score Paths

Path 1

ACT scores at or below 13 in Math and English or COMPASS scores at or below 25 in Numerical Math and 32 in English or ASSET scores at or below 34 in Numerical Math and 37 in English.

  • Students (First Time, Early Start, Transfer, Readmitted) will be referred to the Adult Education and Literacy Transitions Program for skill building before enrolling in college credit courses. The program is only available within the state of Missouri. Students with qualifying COMPASS scores will enter Paths 2 or 3 upon successful completion of the Transitions Program.
  •  Student pursuing Certificates and AAS Degrees in Technical Education Programs are excluded from Path 1.
  •  The Adult Education and Literacy - Transitions Program is free to students. Financial aid is not available.

Path 2

 ACT and/or COMPASS scores which qualify for two or more developmental subject areas in math, reading and English.

  • First-time students will be placed in our Bridge to Success Program. The program allows students to enroll college credit courses, but has some course and delivery restrictions. Students will need an additional one to three semesters of preparatory courses to complete a degree.
  •  Financial aid is available to students who are eligible.

Path 3

ACT and/or COMPASS scores which qualify for fewer than two developmental subject areas.

  • Students can enroll in college credit courses, so long as perquisites have
    been satisfied. Students may still need an additional one to three
    semesters of preparatory courses to complete a degree.
  • Financial aid is available to students who are eligible.