students will be provided with scratch paper and pencil.
placement tests do I need to take?
native speakers of English and high school graduates in
schools located in the U.S.:
If English is your first language, you will take COMPASS
Math and English placement test.
On the Math section, students will choose their initial
The English has two parts, which consists of the Reading
and Writing sections.
non-native speakers of English (International F-1 students,
English is your second language, you will take the COMPASS
Math, COMPASS ESL-Reading, and ESL Writing Sample test.
In addition, most students who took ESL/ESOL courses in
high school also fall into this category, although the
decision to take the regular English or ESOL will be entirely
up to the student.
the placement test have any time limits?
COMPASS Placement Tests have no time limits. The average
time it takes a person to complete all sections (Math,
Reading, and Writing) of the test is 1 1/2 to 2 hours,
with each individual section taking 30 to 45 minutes or
more. Please read through the directions carefully
and understand what the test is telling you to do before
answering the questions.
I take the COMPASS Placement Test in separate sections?
you are not ready to take the entire test in one sitting,
or do not have time to take the entire test, you can break
the test up by taking the Math or English sections on
separate days. Please let the Testing Center staff know
of your intentions when you check-in.
I use a calculator on the math section?
are permitted to bring and use a basic, 10-key calculator
Calculators with advanced functions or graphing capabilities
are not permitted.
calculators will be inspected and cleared before it can
on the test.