Many colleges use the ACT Compass test as a diagnostic test in their admissions process. The Compass tests include modules in math, reading, writing skills, essay writing, and English as a Second Language (ESL). The Compass test is used by Colleges for several purposes, including: diagnostics, placement, and demographic analysis. For placement purposes, colleges use a student’s scores on their Compass test to place the student in the level of courses that are most appropriate to the skill levels. Colleges also use the tests to identify specific areas that a student may need remedial help. Finally, some colleges use the tests to gain a better understanding of a student’s overall needs.
The ACT Compass test has no time limits and is administered via a computer. There are a total of five different modules on the Compass tests:
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Except for the essay, all of the questions on the Compass test are multiple choice.
The ACT Compass test is a placement test used by colleges to evaluate an incoming student’s readiness for entry-level college courses. The majority of colleges give the test to already admitted students during their freshman orientation. Some schools, however, use the test as part of their admissions process especially for specific programs (such as Nursing). The Compass test is given via computer and has no time limits. Students are allowed to use calculators that meet the ACT calculator specification. A student’s scores are immediately presented and the score report will provide information on course placement and registration information that is specific to the school that administers the test.
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