COMPASS Placement (by ACT) Tests

What Is COMPASS?

COMPASS is an untimed, computerized test that helps your college evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses. COMPASS offers tests in reading, writing, and math. COMPASS is offered at no-charge to those needing the test for admission purposes.

Visit COMPASS for additional information and sample test questions.

What students need to know and do prior to testing:

  • Students must have an application on file in Admissions so scores can be entered into the system. This must be done before a student can test.

  • The COMPASS test is not timed. It usually takes 1½ to 2 hours to complete.

  • Non-programmable calculators are allowed. Two calculators are available on the computer. An approved calculator list can be found here.

  • Test results are available immediately following the test.

  • No cellular phones, pagers, timers, gum, candy, drinks, food, or tobacco products are allowed in the testing room.

  • COMPASS scores are non-transferable to other colleges. 

  • Children are not allowed in the testing center.

What students should bring for testing:

1. A current valid government issued picture identification (driver’s license, state issued ID, or passport).

2. A registration advising ticket from Admissions.

COMPASS Test Dates by Campus

Jackson Campus - Academic/Technical Center - 601.987.8153

Given every Monday by appointment only. Appointment times are 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the Plato Lab of Bivins Hall, Room 115. 

Jackson Campus - Nursing/Allied Health Center - 601.376.4814

Given every Monday beginning at 7:30 AM in Computer Lab #1 in Anderson Hall.

Rankin Campus - 601.936.1821

Given every Monday at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the Workforce Development Center located in the Administrative Building. Students must call the Workforce Development Center to make appointments.

Compass tests will be given on the Rankin Campus May 28th - 31st at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00a.m. by appointment only.

Raymond Campus - 601.857.3609

The COMPASS test is administered in the Testing Center located in Denton Hall room 250. Beginning November 10, 2014  through January 9, 2015 testing will be Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 1:00pm and Friday 8:30am - 10:30am, except during the holidays. Testing beyond January 9, 2015 will be by appointment only, and can be scheduled by calling 601-857-3384 or 601-857-3852.

Utica Campus - 601.885.7020 (WFDC) 601.885.7042 (Ples McCadney Building)

Testing Schedule 

Vicksburg-Warren Campus - 601.629.6803

Given each Monday at 12:15 p.m. in Room 23 of the Annex Building during the college semester when school is in session. During June, July and August, Compass will be given on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. in room 23 in the Annex Building. Students must register for the Compass test in the Counseling office.

Visit this Website for additional information and sample test questions. Click on these links for additional tutorials in COMPASS Writing & Reading and Mathematics