Basic Skills Assessment (COMPASS)
Links to Sample Questions and Information
You may download PDF versions of additional sample questions for COMPASS placement measures. Each file includes answers to all the sample questions.
Numerical Skills/PreAlgebra and Algebra (14 pages; 643KB)
College Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry (17 pages; 663KB)
Reading (11 pages; 612KB)
Writing Skills (28 pages; 656KB)
For additional sample Compass questions click here
COMPASS testing is required for many MTC academic programs, and it is an essential tool for achieving student success.
Students are encouraged to complete these assessments prior to selecting first term classes. However, the assessments must be completed prior to registration for the first English, math, or computer course.
Students may be exempt from completing assessment if they:
have taken the ACT, or
have earned MTC credit for corresponding brush-up or college level English or math, or
register for the lowest level English, math, or computer course or
register for courses other than English, math, or computers
These evaluations are designed to test students in three academic areas (writing, reading, and numerical skills/PreAlgebra and Algebra) and suggest initial English and/or math courses that are appropriate for the demonstrated academic skill level. In this way, students are not placed in a course that is above their abilities or a ‘‘rehash’’ of skills they have already mastered.
Students are required to successfully complete the recommended
brush-up courses, indicated by their assessment score,
prior to registering for college-level English, math, or computer
Arrive a few minutes early to Room 183 (Student Resource Center, Technical Education Center).
Bring your social security number.
No fees are required for Assessment.
Assessments will be scored immediately in the Student Resource Center. Results will be explained during registration by academic advisors.
Allow three (3) hours for Assessment, although most students complete the tests within two hours.
The Basic Skills Assessments are
available through the Student Resource
Center in Room 183 of the Technical
The Student Resource Center recommends that you take the ASSET/COMPASS and Technology Skills Testat your earliest convenient time.
During regular hours (hours of operation during Fall, Winter, and Spring term), you may start the ASSET/ COMPASS and Technology Skills Test anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Limited hours are available Friday and Saturday by appointment only.
Between quarters and during Summer term, you may start the ASSET/ COMPASS and Technology Skills Test anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday — Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Testing times on Friday are available by appointment only.
Extended hours are available on "One-Stop" Registration Days.
Please call the Student Resource Center 740.389.4636 ext. 200, if you have any questions or want to set up an appointment. Special needs can be accommodated with advanced notification. Contact Mike Stuckey at 740.389.4636 ext. 271.