Orientation & Testing
Who must attend Orientation?
All admitted first-time students and transfer students
What happens at Orientation?
- Information about Financial Aid, NMC and college life
- Meeting with an academic advisor to schedule classes
- Registering for classes
From start to finish, the entire orientation session usually lasts 3–4 hours.
What is Placement Testing?
NMC has mandatory placement into Composition and Math classes based on test scores. ACT scores may be used for placement if both Reading and Writing are 19+ and if Math is 24+. You are responsible for sending ACT scores to NMC. If ACT scores were lower, or not taken, then a computerized test called COMPASS is required. Students who have college composition and math courses completed must have a transcript sent to NMC to use in class placement. COMPASS placement test scores from other testing centers are usually accepted however, please note we do not accept COMPASS eWrite scores.
All test scores and transcripts must be completed or received by NMC before attending Orientation.
Admitted students also receive a newsletter in the mail outlining the testing and orientation process.
Online sample test questions from ACT, TestPreview, and other COMPASS test information are available for advance review.
What can I do before TESTING?
- Review your skills in Reading, Writing and/or Math via study guides housed in NMC's Library - (231) 995-2134. You can also access materials online at our COMPASS Test online resource guide.
- Get answers to your financial aid questions »
- Research employment and career options through the NMC Advising Center »