COMPASS Placement Testing
All students who come to NMC are required to undertake placement testing. You may either submit ACT scores of 19 or higher in all areas 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:
- nmc.libguides.com/COMPASS – NMC's guide to resources for preparing for the test
- www.act.org/COMPASS/student – things to Know About COMPASS
- www.testprepreview.com/ COMPASS_practice.htm – free online practice tests
- PLATO and MultiMedia Skill review software is also available in the NMC Student Success Center, located in the Osterlin Building, to help you review for COMPASS.
When do I take COMPASS?
- Take the placement test before your orientation session. You may take the test anytime the Osterlin Library is open (check here for hours).
- If possible, take the test before you arrive at NMC. Check here for a testing center near you.
What should I bring to the exam?
- Photo identification (passport)
- An approved calculator. Visit www.act.org/COMPASS for the latest calculator guidelines.