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COMPASS is a test chosen by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to determine students’ level of preparation for college and to place them in appropriate courses. It measures preparedness in writing, reading comprehension, and math. There is a $20 charge for taking/retaking the COMPASS Exam whether you take one, two, or three sections.

We can accept COMPASS Placement Exam scores sent directly from other schools to TTU; we do not accept student copies as valid scores. Have the scores faxed to TTU's Learning Support Program (LSP) at 931-372-6275.

Do you have to take the COMPASS Exam?

You must take the COMPASS exam if one of the following conditions apply:

  • If you do not have ACT scores
  • If your ACT scores more than three years old as of your first day of classes at TTU
  • If you want to challenge your placement based on your ACT subscores

Your transfer credits may also affect whether or not you take the exam. Call 931-372-3476 or email if you aren’t sure whether you need to take the COMPASS exam.

Test Details

  • Allow three hours for the entire test. It is a self-paced, computerized test, which allows you to proceed at your own rate.
  • Bring the following on test day:
    1. Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, EagleCard)
    2. T-number (TTU student identification number)
  • All supplies (paper, pencils, calculators, etc.) will be provided by the testing facility.
  • Students who give or receive help during the test will not be admitted to the institution, must wait 90 days before taking the test again, and may not enroll at any TBR school during that time.


  • Test results are available at the end of the test and will be explained to you.
  • You should discuss the results with your academic advisor.
  • Scores are used to place you in appropriate courses.