Orientation & Testing

Placement Assessment

Once you have been admitted to NMC, you must complete the COMPASS Placement Test for reading, writing and math placement. This test will place you into appropriate courses for your first semester. COMPASS is given daily, Monday through Friday, in Career and Employment Services in the Osterlin Building. You will need to bring photo identification, your student identification number and a calculator. COMPASS is not timed and is administered on the computer. Sample questions are available at www.act.org/compass.

A COMPASS resource manual is available for review in the career office. In addition to the sample questions listed at the site above, the website www.testprepreview.com is suggested for review. Select COMPASS test on this site. You may find it helpful to refresh your skills by using the software available in the Center for Learning. Two programs — MultiMedia and Plato — are especially good at sharpening skills you may not have used recently. For additional information, call (231) 995-1041.

Orientation and Registration

Orientation and registration for new students is a convenient one-stop process. When students receive their acceptance letter to NMC, they also receive information about the Orientation and Registration program that is designed to acquaint new students with the campus and to plan for the best schedule of classes to insure success at NMC. Part of the orientation program includes a placement test which assesses skills in reading, writing and math as discussed in the previous section. Students will have an opportunity to discuss their test scores one-on-one with an advisor as well as transfer possibilities and other pertinent course information. After selecting the best individual schedule, students then register for classes... all part of the one-stop orientation and registration program!

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