The COMPASS is a computer-adaptive test designed to determine skill levels in one or more basic academic skill areas: Reading, Writing/English, and/or Mathematics. Computer-adaptive tests determine which questions are presented by examining responses to previously administered items. This technique helps avoid administering too many items that are too easy or too difficult. the higher an individual's skill level, the more challenging the items will be.
COMPASS is administered on a microcomputer using a standard keyboard. Instructions, questions, multiple choice options, examinee responses, and other information are viewed on the monitor. No previous computer experience is necessary and test center personnel are available to provide assistance. The tests are untimed, but each subtest takes approximately 45 - 60 minutes to complete.
You may test twice per semester, however, after the initial entry assessment there is a $3.00 fee for each portion of the test.
COMPASS testing is available on a walk-in basis. Students who have a disability which will prevent them from taking the test under standard conditions should notify Services to Students With Disabilities prior to the day they wish to test. Please call Career and Assessment Services at 682-7531 or e-mail Career and Assessment Services if there are any questions about COMPASS, or call Services to Students with Disabilities at 682-7520 to schedule special accommodations.