Tips for Taking the COMPASS
You will benefit by doing your best on the placement test because your scores will determine your placement in English, reading and math. In order to do as well as possible, you are encouraged to review all the information below prior to taking the test. It is also strongly recommended that you complete the placement test in two separate sessions. Trying to complete all three subtests at the same time can cause fatigue and result in lower scores.
Placement testing is required for all students who do not have ACT scores, or their ACT scores are older than 2 years. Placement testing is also required for transfer students who have not taken English and/or math in college and for students pursuing certain allied health programs. Students are allowed to take the COMPASS test a second time at a later date if they feel they can raise their scores. (Exception: If you are interested in Nursing or Surgical Technology, do NOT repeat any COMPASS subtests).
Please note that if you are an English as a Second Language student and prefer or feel you need to take the ESL version of the grammar part on the COMPASS exam, it is available. Please let testing staff know if you are interested.
The COMPASS is administered at the following times:
Monday through Friday
COMPASS Sample Exam
After reviewing above, take a moment to review sample problems from the COMPASS exam, provided by the company that makes COMPASS.
Math Review Prior to Taking the COMPASS
The math portion of the COMPASS exam will begin with College Algebra topics and adapt to the knowledge of the student. All questions are multiple choice. It is recommended that all students visit the sites below to review for this exam. It is recommended that all students visit the sites below to review for this exam.
Reading Review Prior to Taking the COMPASS
The reading portion of the COMPASS exam consists of reading selections and then answering questions to assess your comprehension of the material that you have read. . It is recommended that all students visit the sites below to review for this exam.
Writing Review Prior to Taking the COMPASS
The writing portion of the COMPASS exam consists of evaluating sentences and making necessary corrections. It is recommended that all students visit the sites below to review for this exam.
Would you like more practice? Check out OTC’s Tutoring & Learning Center web site. You will find many more resources.
Please note that the Compass test is a product of ACT, and not produced by OTC. It is an adaptive test that will adjust difficulty as you take it to determine your level of knowledge in that area. As such, we can give you many resources to help with the test, but we cannot know the specific questions that you will be asked.