College Placement Exam
Cost: $20 for 1st attempt; Retest: $10 for one exam; $20 for two or more exams
Testing Dates: Schedule By Appointment Only
Examinees must schedule their appointment at least two weeks prior to their desire test date and one week prior to orientation.
Reasons for Testing
|Mature Provisional Student
||Must take Reading, Writing, and Algebra COMPASS and abide by placement scores
|SAT-Verbal below 430 or ACT English below 17
||Must take Reading and Writing COMPASS and abide by placement results
|SAT-Math below 400 or ACT Math below 17
||Must take Algebra COMPASS and abide by placement results
|English CPC Deficiency
||Must take Reading and Writing CPE and abide by placement results
|Math CPC Deficiency
||Must take Algebra CPE and abide by placement results
Before you come to take the COMPASS, you may want to brush up on some of your skills. It is very important that you take this test seriously and come prepared to do your best. Even though the SAT or ACT can be taken several times, the COMPASS can be taken only twice.
Your scores on this exam will determine whether or not you place into our Learning Support program. Use this link to learn more about the COMPASS from the official ACT COMPASS website for test preparation materials. For the math, you will want to complete the Algebra sections.
You can purchase a COMPASS Test Preparation Book from any bookstore or online. A book to prepare you for the COMPASS test is Chart Your Success on the COMPASS by Callahan, Commander, and Cotter. The followings sites are not endorsed by the Academic Success Center or the Office of Testing Office but provided as a resource. At Georgia Southern you will take the Algebra COMPASS Exam.
Assessment Basics & COMPASS Related Sites: (Remember to select Algebra and there are no fractions on the exam.)
http://www.act.org/compass/student/index.html (Official COMPASS Website. Remember your math exam is algebra! )
Algebra Review & Exercises (Remember to select Algebra – There are no fractions on the exam.)
Writing Exercise & Reading
Additional Remember You Are Testing in Algebra:
Basic Math Review & Exercises
http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/oaa/compass/index.asp (Diagnostic tests)
Pre-Algebra Review & Exercises
Placement into Learning Support courses use the following guidelines:
||COMPASS score below 20
||COMPASS score 20-39
||COMPASS score of 40 or higher
||No math requirement
||COMPASS score between 32-70
||COMPASS score 71 or higher
||No English requirement
||COMPASS score below 62
||COMPASS score between a 62 – 81
||COMPASS score 82 or higher
||No reading requirement
If the test scores on any of the exams as not admissible, you can take the COMPASS exam again within a month. Students cannot be accepted at Georgia Southern if they score as not admissible on any of the three exams.
Example: Gus Eagle takes the COMPASS Exam and scores a 17 on the Algebra and a 65 on English and a 82 on Reading. Gus Eagle cannot be admitted to Georgia Southern due to his Algebra score. He can retake the COMPASS Exam to improve his Algebra score to at least a 20.
Candidates that place into all three learning support courses, cannot be accepted at Georgia Southern. The tester can retake the COMPASS exam to improve their score in at least one of the three tests to place out one of the three learning support classes. To enroll at Georgia Southern, the students can only place into two learning support classes.
Example: Gus Eagle takes the COMPASS exam and places into all three learning support classes. Gus Eagle cannot be accepted at Georgia Southern. Gus can take the COMPASS exam to improve his score to place out of one of the learning support classes. Gus takes the exam for a second time and places into Algebra and English but places out of Reading. Gus can now be accepted at Georgia Southern.
Georgia Southern COMPASS Retest Policy
All students are allowed to take a COMPASS retest (no more than four weeks can elapse between the initial test and the retest).
Only one COMPASS retest per year (this means the test can be taken no more than twice in one year). The Testing Coordinator may request a retest be given to a student if an unfair testing situation occurred (such as computer problems or student became ill while taking test).
All initial COMPASS tests cost $20 (no matter how many areas). A COMPASS retest costs $10 for one area or $20 for two or more areas (unless the test was requested by the Testing Coordinator)
Picture Identification Required for ALL Tests
Please make sure you bring an acceptable ID
Acceptable IDs are: a valid state driver’s license, student ID, or passport.
(Not accepted: check cashing cards, picture credit cards, club cards with pictures, etc.)
For additional information, please contact:
Georgia Southern University
PO Box 8132
Statesboro, GA 30460-8132
Cone Hall Room 2031