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Compass FAQs

What is COMPASS? 
COMPASS is a self-paced computerized placement test that will assess your basic skills.  It will measure how well you understand what you read and how well you use the English language.
What does COMPASS include?
The computerized placement test is divided into two sections:  Reading and Writing. 
How do I register to take COMPASS?     
To register for COMPASS, call the Student Services department to reserve a seat.  To take it at the Geauga Campus, please call 440-834-4187.  If you prefer to take it at the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, call 330-487-0574. 
What is the cost of the COMPASS placement assessment?
None.  The assessment comes at no-cost to the student. 
Can I practice with COMPASS before I take the placement assessment?  
Sure, you can.  Take a COMPASS sample test at www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html.
Do all Kent State students take the COMPASS placement assessment?
COMPASS placement is required of all new freshmen who have not taken the ACT or SAT or have been out of school for over three years.  Additionally, transfer students who have not taken college-credit English courses or have been out of school for over three years should take the COMPASS test. 
What if COMPASS reveals a need to improve basic skills in some areas?
If the COMPASS placement test shows a need for specific coursework, the University will require students to successfully complete those designated courses.  Kent State University at Geauga offers several courses designed to improve academic skills.  College credit is awarded for these courses, however, their application toward meeting degree requirements will not be accepted.  Coursework connections available to students who are in need of academic support include:
  • Introduction to College Writing I - Stretch (ENG 11001)
  • Reading Strategies for College Success (US 10003)
  • Study Strategies for College Success (US 10006)
What should I bring to the campus on the day of the COMPASS test?        
Bring only your photo ID and KSU ID number. 
How long does it take to complete the COMPASS assessment?  
The assessment may take around 30 to 90 minutes.  The assessment is an untimed exam so plan accordingly.