COMPASS Placement Exam
The college placement exam, COMPASS, is a computerized placement exam that tests reading, writing, and math skills. COMPASS placement exam requirements are determined by either the SAT verbal and math scores (ACT English and math scores) and the college prep curriculum. A combination of SAT and ACT scores is not used. Students who have both SAT and ACT scores may choose which test will determine COMPASS placement exam requirements. Students are required to take the COMPASS Exam prior to registration in order to determine specific requirements for remediation in Reading, English, and Mathematics. **Starting Spring semester 2012 the COMPASS test will be used as an entrance exam**
- Prepare for the test by completing COMPASS practice tests http://www.act.org/compass BEFORE your exam date.
- Check-in 15 minutes before the test time - please don't be late.
- Students must bring a Photo ID to the test. If no photo id, you will not be allowed to test.
- Cell phones are NOT allowed in the testing lab. Please do not bring these items with you,
- We provide a calculator although there is a calculator built into the test for you to use.
- This test is computerized and not timed.
- There is no cost for this test if the student has applied for admission to MGC. There is a $25 fee if the student has not applied for admission to MGC.
- There is a $25 re-test fee.
- Children are not allowed in the testing room and cannot be left alone outside of the area.
Make your reservation today at http://www.mgc.edu/Student-Development/compass.cfm for COMPASS testing on any of the three campuses. Check-in is held at the Admissions Office on the first floor of Grace Hall on the Cochran campus. Visitor parking is provided in the lot across from Grace Hall. Check-in for Dublin or Eastman campus testing is at the front desk on both campuses.
Incoming freshmen are required to take the exam, unless they can exempt due to entering ACT or SAT scores and completion of the College Preparatory Curriculum. The exemption scores are as follows:SAT Critical Reading score ≥ 430
SAT Math score ≥ 400
ACT English ≥ 17
ACT Math ≥ 17
GHSGT-ELA Score ≥ 235
COMPASS scores needed to exempt Learning Support courses:
English/Writing - 70
Reading - 78
Algebra - 37
English & Reading - Students scoring below the scores above will be placed into ENGL 0099 and/or READ 0099 and must exit these courses in 2 attempts in order to continue their education at MGC.
Algebra - Students who score below 37 on the algebra section will be placed into the appropriate Learning Support classes based on the pre-algebra score of the test. If a student scores below 37 on the pre-algebra test, the student will be placed in MATH 0097. If the student scores a 37 or above on the pre-algebra test but below 37 on the algebra test, the student will be placed in MATH 0099. If a student takes the COMPASS elsewhere and that college only provides the algebra score, the student will be placed in the appropriate Learning Support class based on the algebra score. If a student scores below 27 on the algebra test, the student will be placed in MATH 0097. If the student scores between 27-36 on the algebra test, the student will be placed in MATH 0099. Students must exit Learning Support math in 3 attempts in order to continue their education at MGC.
** Starting Spring 2012, the following scores will be needed to be eligible for admission to MGC. ** The exemption scores will still be used for placement in Learning Support classes; however, students scoring below these minimums may not be eligible to enroll. English/Writing - 32
Reading - 62
Algebra - 20
Students who are required to take the COMPASS placement test must test prior to New Student Advising and Registration. Students may retest once. Retesting must take place prior to the first day of class. Students currently enrolled in Learning Support classes are not eligible to retest. A $25 retest fee is assessed regardless of the number of subject areas taken. Payments are received at the Business Office and the receipt must be shown at check-in. The retest may not take place on the same date as the initial test. Students may sign up to retest online.
Live outside of the MGC area? You may be eligible for remote testing. With the remote Testing Option, you can quickly and conveniently arrange to have your COMPASS placement test administered from accredited COMPASS testing centers across the country. Contact : Nancy Turknett at 478-934-3093 for details.
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