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    • 3) did take the ACT/SAT but scores are no longer valid*.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.  Visit this link for a list of approved calculators.
  • 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
(MT 150)
 510 or higher in Mathematics  50 in Math(Algebra)

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?  See website below for practice tests. 

Where to take the test?  See individual campus information below:


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

Additional contacts: