Assessment Centers (Placement Testing)

Compass Placement Testing

What is it?

The COMPASS placement test is a three-part computerized test that determines a student’s reading, writing and mathematics skills.  It is used by academic advisors to place students into appropriate classes.

Who needs it?

  • New (first time to college) students
    • 1) who have not taken ACT/SAT or Compass in high school or
    • 2) did take the ACT/SAT but did not meet the score requirements or
    • 3) did take the ACT/SAT but scores are no longer valid*.
  • See score requirements in table below:
    • Transfer (coming from another college) students –who have not completed at least 12 college-level credit hours from a regionally accredited institution, including English and math.
    • Current (in class this semester) or Returning (previously attended JCTC) students - who have not completed English or math and do not have valid* scores.

What Should I bring?

  • First time students need to bring photo identification and any ACT/SAT or COMPASS scores obtained in high school. 
  • Calculators are permitted.
  • Transfer students need to bring an unofficial copy of their transcripts from their previous college. 
  • Transfer students who do not have copies of their transcripts will not be tested.

Who does not need it?

Students who have valid* scores in ACT/SAT/Compass do not need to take the Compass Placement test but will be placed in college level classes.

ACT SAT (After March 2005) Compass
18+ in English 430 or higher in Writing 74 in English
20+ in Reading 470 or higher in Reading 85 in Reading
22+ in Math for MAT 150 510 or higher in Mathematics 50 in Math(Algebra)

COMPASS, ACT, Kyote Cutoff Scores

Longevity of Test Scores:

  • ACT/SAT/Compass scores for reading and writing are valid for five years*.
  • Scores for math are valid for two years*.
  • Students with scores older than this and have not completed English and math must take the COMPASS.

How to prepare to take the test?

Where to take the test?


  • Cell phones are not allowed to be turned on in the testing area for any reason.

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