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COMPASS PLACEMENT TESTS


Step-by-step procedures for taking placement tests at Kapiolani Community College:

If one (1) of the following situations apply to you, then you are required to take the COMPASS placement test before you can register for classes:

  • You are a NEW/FIRST TIME student to any UH Community College, including KCC.
  • You have not already completed college courses in Math or English.
  • You are transferring to KCC, but have not yet had your previous college transcripts evaluated.
  • You do not meet the minimum ACT or SAT scores required for placement into college level courses.

The results of the COMPASS test are used to determine the appropriate Math and English courses that best suits your skills. Your placement test results also determine whether or not you meet the minimum pre-requisites necessary to register for other college courses.

When can I take my COMPASS Placement Test?
All tests are by WALK-IN only. No appointments or reservations are required.
You may START your test during the following days/times:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • CLOSED: Weekends, Holidays, Spring Break, Winter Break
STEP 1: CHECK IN AT THE TESTING CENTER IN LAMA LIBRARY

Present the following documents to Testing Center Staff:

1. Picture identification (Driver's License, State ID, Military ID, School ID, or Passport) AND

2. An OFFICIAL document that shows your UH Number:

Acceptable documents include:

Please note: UH Numbers saved to a cell phone or written on piece of scratch paper is not official and cannot be used in place of the documents above.

Students without proper documentation will not be admitted to test.

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STEP 2: TAKE THE TEST

All students will be provided with scratch paper and pencil.

What placement tests do I need to take?
For native speakers of English and high school graduates in schools located in the U.S.:

  • Native English speakers will take both COMPASS Math and English placement test.
  • On the math section, students will choose their initial starting level.
  • The English has two parts, which consists of the Reading and Writing Sections.

For non-native speakers of English (International F-1 students, Resident Immigrants):

  • Non-native speakers of English will take COMPASS Math, COMPASS ESL-Reading and the ESL Writing Sample test.
  • Students who took ESL/ESOL courses AND who graduated from a high school in the U.S. have a choice of taking the regular COMPASS English or the COMPASS ESL-Reading & Writing Sample test.

Does the placement test have any time limits?

  • The COMPASS placement tests have no time limits.
  • Average time to complete an individual (one) section of the test is 30 to 45 minutes or more.
  • Average time to take the entire test (math and English) is 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Please read through the directions carefully and understand what the test is telling you to do before answering the questions.

While you are taking the test:

  • If you don't understand a particular instruction, raise your hand and a proctor will assist you.
  • Proctors and staff are not permitted to interpret or otherwise give you hints about any particular test question.
  • Tip: All questions are multiple-choice. If you can eliminate at least two "wrong" answers, then it may payoff to guess

Can I take the COMPASS Placement Test in separate sections?

  • If you are not ready to take the entire test in one sitting, or do not have time to take the entire test, please ask the proctor to break the test up into separate sections. You are responsible for returning at a later time to complete the remainder of your test.

Calculator use policy:

  • You are permitted to bring and use a basic 10-key calculator only.
  • We have a limited supply of basic 10-key calculators available for you to use.
  • Calculators with graphing or other advanced functions may not be used.
  • Note: KCC's COMPASS TEST CALCULATOR USE POLICY SUPERSEDES ACT POLICY.

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STEP 3: GET YOUR PLACEMENT TEST RESULTS

When do I get the results of the placement test?

  • The results of a COMPASS Math, English, and/or ESL Reading Placement test are available for pick up at the front desk immediately upon the completion of the test.
  • Special instructions for picking up ESL Writing Scores:
    • If you are an International F-1 student OR Resident Immigrant, pick up your results at the Testing Center after two (2) business days.
    • If you took the ESL Test as an "Admissions Test", the Honda International Center will contact you with your results.

How long are my test scores valid?

  • Your COMPASS Placement Test scores are valid for two (2) years.

What is the COMPASS Re-Test Policy?

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STEP 4: NEW/FIRST TIME STUDENTS - ATTEND NSO PART II

New/first-time students enrolling at Kapiolani Community College must bring their COMPASS placement test results to New Student Orientation, Part II. You may make an appointment to attend NSO Part II by calling 808.734.9245.

Search for courses using Class Availability: http://www.sis.hawaii.edu/uhdad/avail.classes

Register for classes and pay tuition via MyUH Portal: http://myuh.hawaii.edu

Note: You will be dropped from your courses if you do not meet the tuition payment deadline.

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Kapi'olani Community College Testing Center 4303 Diamond Head Road Honolulu Hawai'i 96816
Information: 808-734-9144 Fax: 808-734-9453 E-mail: kcctest@hawaii.edu