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Assessment and Placement FAQ

What is COMPASS?

• A computerized, untimed, multiple choice assessment in English, math, and reading used to determine the courses in which you are required to enroll. COMPASS should be taken seriously as it will determine the course and sequence of classes that must be taken.
• Mandatory Placement: To benefit students, KCTCS initiated a mandatory placement policy which requires students to enroll in courses indicated by your COMPASS scores

Can I retest?

You may be able to retest under the new retest policy.

Do I need to take COMPASS?

• Yes, if you haven’t taken the ACT or if your ACT scores are below 18 in English, 20 in Reading, and 22* in Math

• No, if credit has been earned in college-level courses in Math, English and Reading

*19-21 may be sufficient for certain Math classes.

** Please note: Your scores are evaluated individually. You may not have to test in all three subject areas. Example: If your ACT test scores are a 17 in English, a 19 in Reading, and a 23 in Math, you would only need to take the COMPASS test in English and Reading.

I need to take COMPASS. What do I do?

You must complete the application process and have obtained a student identification number prior to taking the COMPASS.

• You must complete the COMPASS prior to registration
• Call 270-831-9610 to speak with the Testing Coordinator to schedule COMPASS..

Should I review before taking COMPASS?

• Yes. COMPASS will assess your current skill level, but it is important to be familiar with the type of questions that will be asked. These online sites may be helpful.

What are the score ranges for the COMPASS test?

Course Placement with ACT and COMPASS

View the COMPASS Placement Guide (updated 10/9/15)

View the English Placement Suggestion Grid (updated 10/9/15)

Please download/print these guides to use as a handy reference in planning your course selections.

What should I bring to the COMPASS session?

• Required Identification
You must present an acceptable photo ID before you will be permitted to test. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver's license, school I.D, military I.D., health department I.D., or current passport.

• Calculator—if you wish. There is a calculator provided. You may NOT use calculators such as CFX 9970G, TI-89 or TI-92.