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COMPASS CUTOFF SCORES AND PLACEMENTS
(Last edited 8/8/2016)

The following charts lists the minimum raw score that a test taker must earn on the COMPASS Placement Test in order to register for that class. These scores and course placement list are specific to Kapi'olani Community College.

If you are transferring your COMPASS Placement Test scores from another UH community college or another college from the mainland to Kapi'olani Community College and want to know what courses you are eligible to take at KCC, please refer to the table below. If you are transferring your COMPASS Placement Test scores from Kapi'olani Community College to another UH Community College and want to know the course equivalencies, contact the community college testing center for more information.

Mathematics Cutoff Scores and Course Placements
If the student's math placement domain is PRE-ALGEBRA and the score is:
0 - 46
MATH 75X: Expanded Intro to Mathematical Reasoning
47 - 99

STEM Majors:
MATH 82: Algebraic Foundations

Non-STEM Majors:
MATH 32: Statway I
MATH 75X: Expanded Intro to Mathematical Reasoning

If the student's math placement domain is ALGEBRA and the score is:
0 - 35

STEM Majors:
MATH 82: Algebraic Foundations

Non-STEM Majors:
MATH 32: Statway I
MATH 75X: Expanded Intro to Mathematical Reasoning

36 - 49

STEM Majors:
MATH 103 with MATH 88 companion course
*Math 88 is a College Algebra companion course

Non-STEM Majors:
MATH 100 with MATH 78 companion course
MATH 115 with MATH 78 companion course
*Math 78 is a College Math companion course

MATH 32: Statway I

MATH 111: Math for Elementary Teachers I

50 - 61

STEM Majors:
MATH 103 with MATH 88 companion course
*Math 88 is a College Algebra companion course

Non-STEM Majors:
MATH 100: Survey of Mathematics
MATH 111: Math for Elementary Teachers I
MATH 115: Statistics

62 -74 MATH 103: Fundamentals of College Algebra
75 - 99 MATH 135: Precalc: Elementary Functions
If the student's math placement domain is COLLEGE ALGEBRA and the score is:
0 - 55 MATH 103: Fundamentals of College Algebra
56 - 70 MATH 135: Precalculus - Elementary Functions
71 - 99 MATH 140: Trigonometry / Analytic Geometry
If the student's math placement domain is TRIGONOMETRY and the score is:
0 - 45 MATH 140: Trigonometry / Analytic Geometry
46 - 99 MATH 205: Calculus I

English Cutoff Scores and Course Placements
If the student's READING score is between ____ and WRITING score is < 40:
0 - 55 Please re-take the COMPASS Reading test.
56 - 78
79 - 99 ENG 22 - Beginning Composition
Otherwise, if the student's WRITING score is greater than or equal to 40:
40 - 73 ENG 22 - Beginning Composition
74 - 99 ENG 100 - Composition I

ESOL Reading Test Cutoff Scores and Course Placements
If the student's ESL Reading score is between the ranges of:
0 - 60 ESOL 90 - Beginning ESOL
61 - 99 ESOL 92 - High Intermediate ESOL
   

All students taking the ESL Reading placement test will also take the Writing Sample (essay) test. An ESOL instructor will review the student's Writing Sample test to determine final placement into ESOL 90, 92, 94, or ESL 100.

 

   
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