The COMPASS college placement test is an untimed, computerized test which helps school counselors quickly evaluate incoming students' skill levels in reading, writing and mathematics; place students in courses appropriate to their skill levels and connect them to the resources they need to achieve academic success. COMPASS test results are available immediately upon completion of testing, and include placement messages suggesting which courses are needed to meet the specific student’s educational goals.
Unlike a traditional test, there is no grade or "passing score." Rather, COMPASS scores indicate areas in which the student is strong and areas in which the student may need help. COMPASS can thus identify problems in major subject areas before they disrupt the student’s educational progress, giving them the opportunity to prepare more effectively for needed courses. In addition, the scores from COMPASS tests are helpful in preparing a course of study that will be appropriate, relevant, and meaningful to the individual student.
The Testing Center at North Arkansas College offers COMPASS testing during orientation to incoming freshmen who have already applied and been admitted to the school. During enrollment, the student may be required to take one or more parts of the COMPASS tests before enrolling in a particular program or course. Please talk to your advisor, counselor or Office of Student Services to determine the exact requirements and recommendations needed at North Arkansas College.