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Compass Placement Test

COMPASS Placement Test Policy

The COMPASS Placement Test:  1) assesses ellgibility for admission to GHC and 2) determines the level of college courses a prospective student is academically prepared to handle.

  • The COMPASS Test is taken on a computer.
  • The COMPASS Test is not timed. Most taking all three parts of test  finish in about two hours
  • The COMPASS Test has three sections: Algebra (Math), English (Writing), and Reading
  • Only those applying to GHC may take the COMPASS test at GHC.  We do not test for other schools
  • Sign up for COMPASS through the link found once logged in to Check Admission Status page under GHC home page
  • Compass initial Test fee is $20 and is paid at the business office.  Bring paid receipt to check in at test center
  • A valid photo ID card is required for check in
  • Only one Compass Placement Test + one retest can be taken  in a 12-month period
  • Applicants who took Compass at another institution within the past 12 months should have scores sent to GHC admissions office

    Preparing for the COMPASS Test

 

Students who need disability accommodations should use the following link ( Requesting Disability Accommodations for COMPASS Placement Testing ) to contact a disability support specialist before registering for the test.  If accommodations are granted the DSS office will schedule the appointment and will administer the test in a special accommodations setting.

Applicants with high SAT or ACT scores may exempt COMPASS Placement testing if they do not have Required High School Curriculm (RHSC) deficiencies.  See Exempting the COMPASS Placement Test for details or contact an Enrollment Management specialist.

Students with COMPASS Placement Test scores below the  scores listed below are required to enroll in Learning Support classes for those subjects. However, see the next section to understand the role of COMPASS Placement testing in admission to the college.

Minimum COMPASS Placement Scores Required for Admission

Effective Fall 2012 Georgia Highlands College has minimum COMPASS Placement scores that must be met or exceeded in each subject area to be admitted to the college.  Students taking the test and scoring below the minimum score(s) in any area cannot be admitted at this time.  Also, students scoring above the minimums but below the learning support exemption scores are also excluded from admission.

COMPASS Area Minimum Score*
Algebra/Math 20
English/Writing 32
Reading 62

COMPASS Placement Retesting at Georgia Highlands College

COMPASS Placement Retesting at GHC is open to all GHC applications who take the placement test by the application deadline set by admissions. No fee is required for one retest per area.  The following rules apply to the retest opton:

  • Registering for classes immediately terminates the retest option, with no exceptions.
  • Only one retest is allowed per area (Math, English, Reading)
  • After an admissions deadline, placement testing for that term continues for only a limited time, so a retest should be scheduled quickly
  • Students register for a retest in the same way that they register for the initial test.
  • Transfer Compass Score - applicants who took initial test at another institution and are approved by admissions for only a retest at GHC will be charged a $20 transfer student retest fee. 

 

If students score in the following ranges, they place into the Learning Support Course listed below:

SUMMER, 2014          

Compass Area

 

If you scored here,

 

You placed here:

 

Scores that exempt Learning Support

Algebra/Math

20-31………….

 

 

 

32-39…………..

Depending on Program of Study:

 

MATH 0987 or MATH 0989

 

Depending on Program of Study:

 

MATH 0099 or

MATH 0997 and MATH 1001 or

MATH 0999 and MATH 1111

    40 or above

English/Writing

32-59……………

ENGL 0099 or ENGL 0989

    60 or above

Reading

62-76……………

READ 0099 or ENGL 0989

    77 or above

 

FALLL 2014 Changes to Learning Support Requirements are listed below.

Compass Area

If you scored here,

 You placed here:

Scores that Exempt Learning Support

Algebra/Math

 

20-31………………

 

 

 

32-39………………

Depending on Program of Study:

MATH 0987 or MATH 0989

 

Depending on Program of Study:

 

MATH 0997 and MATH 1001 or

MATH 0999 and MATH 1111

 

    40 or above

English/Writing

32-44………………

 

 

45-59……..………

ENGL 0989

 

 

ENGL 0999 and ENGL1101

    60 or above

Reading

62-76………………

ENGL 0989

    77 or above

 

All students testing by the admissions application deadline are eligible for one FREE retest in each area of the COMPASS Placement Test. The guidelines for retesting are provided in the next section. To prepare for the initial test or a retest, use the link below to access the Compass Test preparation web page.


 

Page last updated: May 27, 2014