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Last Updated: Feb 5, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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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.


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Chart your success on the COMPASS test

We have 2 copies on Reserve at the Library Service Desk.





How do I take the COMPASS test?

  • Where:  Center For Learning, 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: 

  • Learning Express
    The Michigan Electronic Library is free to all Michigan residents. Learning Express has two practice tests for each part of the COMPASS.
  • COMPASS Test Tips, Pointers, and Advice
    * What you can do to prepare for the COMPASS exam
    * What you can do while taking the test to get the best score you can
    * How to understand your test results
  • NMC Software Tutorials: PLE PLATO
    PLE PLATO and MultiMedia Skill review self-paced online tutorial program can help you to dramatically improve your skills in review for the COMPASS exam.
    Come to the NMC Center for Learning, located in the Osterlin Building, to sign up and receive your online log-in.
  • Compass Overview from ACT
    General overview, including sample tests, from the company that authored the Compass test.

Osterlin Library Materials about Testing

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Study power : Study Skills to Improve Your Learning and Your Grades
Call Number: LB1049 .L47 1997 STACKS
ISBN: 157129046X

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Student's Guide to Exam Success
Call Number: ONLINE
ISBN: 0335220487

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Chart Your Success on the COMPASS
Call Number: Library Use Only - SERVICE DESK
ISBN: 0898922283


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