Course Placement Requirements / Semesters
COMPASS Information Booklet
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.
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
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
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
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 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.
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.