COMPASS Form

Compass Exam Information & Form
Learning Support Program

About Taking the Compass Exam at Tennessee Tech University

The information on this page is for testing on site at Tennessee Technological University's campus in Cookeville, Tennessee. For information about testing at other sites, please contact the education institution where you plan to attend or visit http://www.ACT.org.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
Contact the Learning Support Program Office to make an appointment to take the Compass Exam.

Phone: 931-372-3476
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
  • Testing is conducted in Matthews Hall 153 on campus only, during the morning of the first day of the Student Orientation and Registration [SOAR] sessions.
  • ACT scores [scores dated within three years of the first day of classes for the semester in which you plan to enroll] are used as the primary tool for course placement decisions. 
  • Check here for information on ACT Placement. If you wish to accept the placement determined by your ACT scores, you do not have to test with COMPASS. 
  • If you believe that you should be placed at a higher level than determined based upon your ACT scores, then you will need to test with COMPASS before you register for classes.

YOU MUST MAKE A TESTING APPOINTMENT

  • Seating is limited, so if you do not make an appointment you will have to wait until a later date to test. 
  • If you are required to take the COMPASS Test, you will NOT be allowed to register for classes until the test is completed.

COMPASS TESTING HOTLINE: 931-372-3476

  • Operators are waiting [8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday] to take your call for an appointment. 
  • The phone line is also on a phone-messaging service. 
  • If you use phone-messaging, please leave your name, phone number, T-number [TTU student ID number assigned by Admissions], and the date for which you wish to register.

You will be asked for the following information:

Name Last First Middle
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Address Street City State Zip
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Phone # ______-_____-_______      

If you are not sure if you need to take the test or which parts of the test you will be required to take, the following information is given to assist you.

  1. If you will be 21 or older by the first day of scheduled classes for the semester, you may be required to take the COMPASS Test if you do not have ACT scores or if your ACT scores are more than 3 years old on the first day of classes for the term for which you plan to enroll. If you have ACT or SAT scores that are less than 3 years old, follow the cut-off guidelines in #2 below.
  2. If you are younger than 21 and have taken the ACT, you may take the COMPASS Test if you scored 18 or less on the ACT Reading sub score (take the Reading portion of the COMPASS); 17 or less on the ACT English sub score (take the Writing portion of the COMPASS and write an essay); 18 or less on the ACT Mathematics sub score (take the Mathematics portion of the COMPASS).
  3. If you are transferring from another college or university and have not successfully completed a college-level English Composition course and/or a college-level Mathematics course, you should take the COMPASS (or if you have already taken the COMPASS or the ASSET, have your scores and proof of courses completed sent to the Learning Support Program office at the address below as soon as possible. If scores are 3 years old or older and you have not begun the course sequence, you will be required to retest.)

If you plan to enter Summer Semester 2013: 

Dates are subject to change but will be reposted as changes occur.

  • Test check-in begins at 08:30 am. Testing begins at 9:00 am.
Date Time Building Room
 20 May 2013 [Monday] 09:00 am Matthews Hall 153
       
 29 May 2013 [Wednesday]  International Students Only 09:00 am / 01:00 pm Matthews Hall 153
       
30 May 2013 [Thursday] 09:00 am Matthews Hall 153

If you plan to enter Fall Semester 2013:  

Check with Admissions for your SOAR (Student Orientation/ Advisement/ Registration) appointment time.

  • These COMPASS dates are for the first day of each SOAR.
  • Dates are subject to change but will be reposted as changes occur.
  • Test check-in begins at 08:30 am.
Date Time Building Room

06 June 2013 [Thursday]

09:00 am Matthews Hall 153
10 June 2013 [Monday] 09:00 am Matthews Hall 153
13 June 2013 [Thursday] 09:00 am Matthews Hall 153
17 June 2013 [Monday] 09:00 am Matthews Hall 153
20 June 2013 [Thursday] 09:00 am Matthews Hall 153
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22 July 2013 [Monday] 09:00 am Matthews Hall 153
25 July 2013 [Thursday] 09:00 am Matthews Hall 153
29 July 2013 [Monday] 09:00 am Matthews Hall 153
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01 August 2013 [Thursday] 09:00 am Matthews Hall 153
16 August 2013 [Friday] International Students Only 09:00 am / 01:00 pm Matthews Hall 153
19 August 2013 [Monday] International Students Only 09:00 am / 01:00 pm Matthews Hall 153
22 August 2013 [Thursday] 09:00 am Matthews Hall 153

If you plan to enter Spring Semester 2014: TBA

Dates are subject to change but will be reposted as changes occur. Test check-in begins at 08:30 am.

Date Time                Building                  Room           
   09:00 am    
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 09:00 am    
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Remember: If you have testing requirements, they must be completed before you are allowed to register for classes.

Additional Information:

  1. You are to report NO LATER than 15 minutes before test time. If you come late, you may be rescheduled for a later test date. Since your test must be completed before you can register, you would not be allowed to register for classes when you planned.
  2. There is a $10 charge for the COMPASS Test, payable at the time of the test by cash or check made out to TTU/COMPASS test. [Re-test charge is $20.]
  3. I.D. with photograph is required (driver's license with photo, for example)
  4. Keep in mind that if you are required to take the COMPASS Test, you CANNOT REGISTER FOR CLASSES until after you have taken the test and it is scored. You must pick up the score results and base your choice of classes on those results. Test scores will be available immediately following the test.
  5. For further information on the COMPASS Test at Tennessee Technological University, please contact Ms. Lydia Kendall in the Learning Support Program office at (931) 372-3476.
  6. Tennessee Technological University is in the Central Time Zone.
  7. Report to Matthews Hall, room 153 for check-in and testing. Matthews Hall is #35 on the campus map. The street address is 80W 8th Street.

NOTICE: If you have a disability that might require special testing conditions, please contact:

Office of Disability Services
Box 5091
Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, TN 38505-0001
phone: (931) 372-6119


**The Office of Disability Services requires documentation of disability no later than three days prior to the test date for which you are requesting accommodations.

Your registration for the COMPASS Test needs to be completed no later than three days before the test date that you have chosen. Appointments may be made in person (Matthews Hall 153), by telephone (931-372-3476), by mail (Learning Support Program, Box 5171, Cookeville, TN 38505), or by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Seating is limited, so the later you call the less likely you are to get the appointment day and time that you prefer.

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