North Central offers COMPASS® by appointment at each of our sites.
Petoskey (231) 348-6682 | Gaylord (989) 705-3775 | Cheboygan (231) 597-0322
COMPASS® measures the level of ability in reading, writing and math. North Central uses COMPASS® to determine the correct level each person needs to begin with when taking the courses assessed.
When should the COMPASS® or a Placement Assessment be taken?
COMPASS® is needed for students who do not have a high school transcript and ACT score.
Your placement on the COMPASS® determines the starting level in specific content areas. Preparation courses may be necessary prior to taking credit bearing courses. To prepare yourself you can view sample questions and test-taking tips at the official COMPASS® site:
Any person with a disability may request accommodations by calling Learning Support Services in Petoskey at (231) 348-6817.
COMPASS® subjects are assessed individually and consist of Reading, Math and Writing. Required assessments are determined on an individual basis. The average testing time for any section is approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour, however, unlimited time is allowed for reading and math. A picture ID is required.
Results: The test administrator provides a printout of the results and explains the placement when COMPASS® is finished. The Writing Placement is hand scored and requires a 24 hour business day processing period.
Retesting: If you decide the placement does not reflect your skill level, you may retest any portion of COMPASS® for $10 after a 24 hour waiting period; but not more than 3 times in a 30 day period.
COMPASS® is required of all entering students except the following:
REVISED 7/6/2015 ALL PREVIOUS VERSIONS ARE NULL AND VOID.