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COMPASS Placement Testing

All students who come to NMC are required to undertake placement testing. You may either submit ACT scores of 19 or above in the reading and writing portions and 21 or above in the math portion of ACT or take the COMPASS test. These tests help us determine the appropriate mathematics and English composition classes for students.

What is COMPASS?

  • COMPASS is a computerized test used by schools to determine placement into your first classes.
  • The test is written by ACT.
  • It has three sections: reading for comprehension, writing skills and math.
  • It is not timed, and takes the average student about two hours to complete.
  • If taken at NMC, this test is free!

How can I prepare for COMPASS?

Your COMPASS scores matter and can even help you place above certain courses at NMC. Here are some of the many resources available to help you prepare for the COMPASS test:

When do I take COMPASS?

What should I bring to the exam?

  • Photo identification (passport)
  • An approved calculator. Visit www.act.org/COMPASS for the latest calculator guidelines.
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