The COMPASS program is a series of computer-based basic skills assessments developed by American College Testing (ACT). The name COMPASS stands for Computer-adapted Placement Assessment and Support Services.

COMPASS measures skills in reading, English, mathematics as well as English as a Second Language. The results allow you and the Midlands Technical College staff to work together to help you succeed in your educational goal. COMPASS scores indicate course placement as the starting point for your educational career, and it may also indicate areas of academic weaknesses.

Although taking COMPASS on the computer requires very little computer knowledge, you are encouraged to complete the tutorials as well as practice tests that are available. The estimated total testing time for COMPASS is 3.5 hours and the complete assessment includes a written essay, reading, and a math section.

Watch the "The Placement Test" Video