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:
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).
The Basic Skills Assessments are available through the Student Resource Center in Room 183 of the Technical Education Center.
The Student Resource Center 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 by appointment only.
Between semesters 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.
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.
MTC DISTANCE LEARNERS
If you are involved in one of our online degrees, you also have the option of testing at one of ACT's Remote Testing Sites ". The link will guide you to available locations throughout the state and country. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Mike Stuckey in the Student Resource Center.