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What is the COMPASS Test?

The COMPASS test measures a potential college student's skill level in reading, writing, and math. Unlike other tests, the COMPASS test does not have a "passing" score. Instead, the test is used to determine a student's strengths and weaknesses, which may indicate the need for additional assistance.

Do You Have Books to Help Me Study?



Chart your success on the COMPASS test

We have several copies on Reserve at the Library Service Desk.

A few for a two week check out and a couple that can only be used

in the Library use only.





How do I take the COMPASS test?

  • Where: Student Success Center, Osterlin Building
  • When:  7 days/week, during regular Center hours (listed here)
      • No appointment necessary
      • No time limit
  • What to bring to the exam: 
    • photo i.d.
    • social security number
    • calculator (or you can borrow one at the Center)
  • Why?:  To place you in the appropriate courses to ensure your college success!
    For more detailed information on the Compass Test and how and why to take it, click here.

COMPASS Test Tips, Pointers, and Advice

The tabs in this guide will provide you with resources to prepare for all sections of the Compass Test. 
Below we have provided some ideas for general preparation: 

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Rochelle Hammontree
NMC Osterlin Library
1701 E Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

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