Academic Holiday/Thanksgiving Break

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Assessment and Placement

What is assessment and placement?

NOTE: COMPASS has been replaced by TABE and KYOTE. Please contact Pamela Buchanan at 270-831-9783  about these placement tests.

The TABE and KYOTE assessments are computerized exams used to determine skill level in reading and English (TABE) as well as mathematics (KYOTE).  These assessments help to determine at what academic level a student should begin post-high school work.

The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. 

Why do I have to be assessed?

KCTCS requires students to have assessment and placement information before beginning college classes. This may be done by ACT scores, transfer credit, or TABE/KYOTE scores. These assessments are used to place students in appropriate classes in order to increase success in college.

Free ACT Practice:

Paid ACT Services/Resources:

ACT offers a paid service on the web.

There are also many other paid services through the internet such as or

Several books are available for purchase that also include practice CDs that can be used on home computers. Many titles can be checked out at the local libraries or purchased at any local bookstore or online. These books normally include real practice tests, lessons, strategies, and test taking tips. These might include:

  • The Real ACT Prep Guide (This book is the official practice book published by ACT)
  • Kaplan ACT Premier Program (w/CD-ROM)
  • The ACT for Dummies

KYOTE Practice Placement Exam

  • Note: Testing Coordinator must give you access to the KYOTE site before you will be able to take practice exams
  • Go to
  • Click on Student Login in upper left corner
  • Enter your last name, email, and password given to you by an HCC Start Center advisor

TABE Practice Placement Exam





Contact information

You may fax student copies of placement test scores to Pamela Buchanan at 270-831-9612 or call 270-831-9783, though official ACT scores must be on file in the Admissions office.

Additional Tests

Find out information about GED and Workforce Testing.