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Basic Skills Assessment (COMPASS)

pdf Course Placement Requirements/Semesters

pdf COMPASS Information Booklet

pdf Technology Skills Test

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.

pdf Numerical Skills/PreAlgebra and Algebra(14 pages; 643KB)

pdf College Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry(17 pages; 663KB)

pdf Reading(11 pages; 612KB)

pdf 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 courses.

COMPASS testing is free and conducted in the Student Resource Center (TEC 183 - click for map).


  • 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
    Education Center.

  • The Student Resource recommends that you take the ASSET/COMPASS and Technology Skills Test at 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. 4173, 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. 4171.


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