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Compass Placement Test

COMPASS Placement Test Policy

The COMPASS Placement Test assesses ellgibility for admission to GHC and what level of college courses prospective students are academically prepared to handle.

  • The COMPASS Test is taken on a computer.
  • The COMPASS Test is not timed. Most students finish in 2-3 hours.
  • The COMPASS Test has three sections: Algebra (Math), English (Writing), and Reading.

The Assessment Center will administer the COMPASS Placement Test primarily to Georgia Highlands College applicants at all sites of the college.  Students from other institutions may not take the Compass Placement Test at Georgia Highlands College at present.

Students who are required to take the COMPASS test and need disability accommodations should use the link below to contact a disability specialist before taking the test.

Requesting Disability Accommodations for COMPASS Placement Testing

Students sign up for the COMPASS Placement Test by using the Check Admissions Status link on the Admissions web page.  After registering for a test session, a student can print out the confirmation as a reminder of the testing appointment.

A fee of $20 is required and may be paid at the Business Office of any Georgia Highlands site.

A valid photo ID card is required for admittance into COMPASS Placement Testing.

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 may take the COMPASS Placement Test and one retest no more than once in a twelve-month period.  Students who have taken the COMPASS Placement Test at another institution within the past year should have those scores sent to the GHC Admissions Office. 

Students with COMPASS Placement Test scores below established passing scores as shown 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 reached in each subject area to be admitted to the college.  Students taking the test and scoring below the minimum score(s) will not be allowed to enter the college.

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

 

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

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Also, students who place into Learning Support in ALL THREE subject areas will not be eligible for admission into the college.  In addition, a student placing below the minimum score in any area will not be eligible for entry into the college.

 

After taking the Compass Placement Exam,  a student placing below the minimum score in any area will not be eligible for entry into the college.

A student may only have two subject areas with scores above the minimum score but  below the passing score (placement into two Learning Support areas).

*Students with three subject area scores above the minimum score but below the passing score (placement into three Learning Support areas) will not be eligible for entry into the college.

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.

Preparing for the COMPASS Test

For those testing in math, the COMPASS software has a calculator and loaner calculators are available at the testing site.

COMPASS Placement Retesting at Georgia Highlands College

COMPASS Placement Retesting at GHC is open to all students 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.


 

Page last updated: March 27, 2014