procedures for taking placement tests at Kapiolani Community College:
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:
are a NEW/FIRST TIME student to any UH Community College, including
have not already completed college courses in Math or English.
are transferring to KCC, but have not yet had your previous college
do not meet the minimum ACT or SAT scores required for placement
into college level courses.
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.
can I take my COMPASS Placement Test?
All tests are by WALK-IN only. No appointments or reservations
You may START your test during the following days/times:
- Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
During interim (non-instructional) weeks, placement
tests are given Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Weekends, Holidays, Spring Break, Winter Break
1: CHECK IN AT THE TESTING CENTER IN LAMA LIBRARY
ID and UH Number Required.
documents to prove your identity include:
license (Full, Provisional, Limited-Purpose, and instruction
documents to prove your UH number include:
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.
without proper documentation will not be admitted to test.
2: TAKE THE TEST
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.:
English speakers will take both COMPASS Math and English
the math section, students will choose their initial
English has two parts, which consists of the Reading
and Writing Sections.
non-native speakers of English (International F-1 students,
speakers of English will take COMPASS Math, COMPASS
ESL-Reading and the ESL Writing Sample test.
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
the placement test have any time limits?
COMPASS placement tests have no time limits.
time to complete an individual (one) section of the
test is 30 to 45 minutes or more.
time to take the entire test (math and English) is 1
1/2 to 2 hours.
read through the directions carefully and understand
what the test is telling you to do before answering
you are taking the test:
you don't understand a particular instruction, raise
your hand and a proctor will assist you.
and staff are not permitted to interpret or otherwise
give you hints about any particular test question.
All questions are multiple-choice. If you can eliminate
at least two "wrong" answers, then it may
payoff to guess
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, 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.
are permitted to bring and use a basic 10-key calculator
have a limited supply of basic 10-key calculators available
for you to use.
with graphing or other advanced functions may not be
COMPASS TEST CALCULATOR USE POLICY SUPERSEDES ACT POLICY.
3: GET YOUR PLACEMENT TEST RESULTS
do I get the results of the placement test?
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.
instructions for picking up ESL Writing Scores:
you are an International F-1 student OR Resident
Immigrant, pick up your results at the Testing Center
after two (2) business days.
you took the ESL Test as an "Admissions Test",
the Honda International Center will contact you
with your results.
long are my test scores valid?
COMPASS Placement Test scores are valid for two (2)
is the COMPASS Re-Test Policy?
4: NEW/FIRST TIME STUDENTS - ATTEND NSO PART II
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
for courses using Class Availability: http://www.sis.hawaii.edu/uhdad/avail.classes
for classes and pay tuition via MyUH Portal: http://myuh.hawaii.edu
You will be dropped from your courses if you do not meet
the tuition payment deadline.