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Placement Testing (COMPASS)


The COMPASS test is used by Wallace Community College (WCC) to determine course placement for entering students.  The placement test assesses students' readiness for college level work.  The COMPASS is a computer testing system which assesses students to determine their academic readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics.   To view acceptable exemptions, visit the Placement Testing criteria and exemptions.

The reading skills portion of the COMPASS is designed to measure the student's reading comprehension.  This component assesses the student's ability to recognize appropriate vocabulary, to isolate main ideas, locate explicit textual information, and draw inferences.  This test also provides a reader profile to assist instructional programming. The writing skills component assesses the student's knowledge of mechanics, language, and rhetorical skills.  The mathematical portion measures the student's ability to solve problems in pre-algebra/numeric skills, elementary algebra, and intermediate algebra.

The COMPASS is not a pass/fail instrument but instead determines which courses are best suited to the student's level of readiness.  Test results do not determine whether or not a student is admitted to the college.  Each test component has a separate score which determines student placement.

Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the test preparation resources prior to taking the COMPASS test.  See COMPASS Preparation link.


COMPASS Registration Instructions

Important Information

  • No appointment is necessary to take the placement test. Testing lab is open for placement testing during designated hours listed below.  Students will not be permitted to begin the test after the last time listed.
  • Students must bring photo ID to the test. Failure to do so will result in students not being allowed to test at that particular session.
  • Students may use their own calculator if approved by ACT. To view a list of approved calculators, visit: http://www.act.org/compass/student/calculator.html. (link to website)
  • This test is computerized and not timed.
  • There is no cost for the first time a student takes the COMPASS test.

COMPASS/ASSET Challenge Policy

According to the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education State Board Policy 902.01 Guidelines, students may challenge their placement (from ASSET/ COMPASS testing) in English, reading, and/or math by "re-testing one time only" if they are not satisfied with their score(s).There is an eight dollar ($8) retest fee of the COMPASS.  Retesting payment forms may be picked up in the Testing Lab on the Wallace Campus or at the Administration Building, Information Desk on the Sparks Campus. The retesting fee must be paid in the Business Office prior to testing.

Transferring COMPASS Scores to Wallace

If the COMPASS has been taken within past 3 years, WCC will accept COMPASS scores from other institutions.  Scores must be sent to WCC Testing Office vial mail or email.  Download and complete the Request for Placement Scores  to be Sent to WCC.  Send the completed form to the institution that holds your COMPASS results.

Transferring COMPASS Scores from WCC to Another College or Employer

Please complete and submit the Send My COMPASS Scores form to WCC Testing Office to have scores sent to another college or employer. Link

Wallace Campus in Dothan: (334) 983-3521, ext. 2296
Sparks Campus in Eufaula: (334) 687-3543, ext. 4249, ext. 4210

Test dates are scheduled on a regular basis through Testing Services at each campus.
 

Wallace Campus

   

Sparks Campus

 Date    Time       Date     Time 
 March 2    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      February 4          
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.             
 March 9    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      February 11
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
 March 16    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      February 16
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
 March 23    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      February 18
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
 March 30    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      February 18
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
 April 6    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      February 23
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
 April 11    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      March 3
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
 April 13    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      March 8
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
 April 18    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      March 10
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
 April 20    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      March 15
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
 April 25
 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      March 17
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
 April 27
 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      March 22
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
 May 18    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      March 24
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
 May 19    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      April 5
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
 May 23    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      April 7
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
 May 24    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      April 12
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
 May 25    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      April 14   9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
           April 21   8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
           April 26   8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
           May 3   8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
           May 5   1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
           May 10   8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
           May 17   8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
           May 19   9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
           May 24   9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon