COMPASS
Computer-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System

Test Description: This test offers placement and diagnostic testing in mathematics, reading, and writing.  COMPASS takes advantage of adaptive testing technology to measure students mathematics, reading, and writing skills and to report results immediately.  Drawing from a pool of more than 2,400 test items, the computer adaptive format adjusts the difficulty level to the skills of the individual student, eliminating items that are too easy or too difficult and that contribute little to the measurement.  It is given on computer and is approximately 2 hours in length.

Remote Testing is available at more than 550 COMPASS test centers across the United States.

Eligibility: This exam is offered to non-traditional students who have been out of high school at least three years and are seeking admission to the University. This exam is used to meet entrance requirements to the University and waive placement in remedial (0003) courses. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions.

The Reading section of this exam may also be used to waive reading remediation requirements for both traditional and non-traditional students.

There is no waiting period for retaking COMPASS and the assessment can be taken again if it is necessary.

Registration: You must register for the COMPASS test in the Testing Services office located at the corner of Walton Street and Razorback Road. If you are unable to come to our office to register, you may print the registration form and mail it to us at:

Office of Testing Services
1435 W. Walton Street
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701.

We must receive the fee for this exam along with the registration form by the deadline for the date you choose.

Test fees: The fee for this exam is $35.00, Late: $55.00.

Test Preparation: Sample questions are available on the ACT website. Study Guides are available at testprepreview.com , contemporarypublishing.com, sosmath.com, math.com and algebrahelp.com.

Score Reporting and Placement: Score reports will be available immediately after completion of the test. Scores are then released to the Office of Admissions at the University of Arkansas for admission and advising purposes and will be printed on the advising sheet each student receives during orientation. Individual score reports cannot be reported to or used for admission or placement at other institutions.

Students scoring below 80 on the COMPASS writing test must enroll in Developmental English 0003.

Students scoring below 41 on the COMPASS algebra test must enroll in Intermediate Algebra 0003.

Students scoring below 83 on the COMPASS reading skills test must enroll in Reading Strategies 0013.

Calculator Restriction: Calculators may be used on the COMPASS math tests provided they meet the requirements listed on the COMPASS website.

Test Schedule: If the schedule below will not meet your requirements please contact our office at (479) 575-3948 for other options.

Test Dates
Date Deadline Time Location
August 13, 2014 July 14, 2014 9:30 AM TEST 111
September 27, 2014 August 27, 2014 9:30 AM TEST 111
October 18, 2014 September 18, 2014 9:30 AM TEST 111
November 5, 2014 October 5, 2014 9:30 AM TEST 111
December 10, 2014 November 10, 2014 9:30 AM TEST 111

Remote Testing: If you are unable to test on campus in Fayetteville, you can test through a COMPASS Internet Remote Testing Site.

Follow these steps to register for a Remote COMPASS Test:

  • Find the nearest Compass Internet Remote Testing Site on the ACT website.
  • Contact the Remote Testing Site to schedule a test date and confirm any proctoring fees they may charge.
  • Complete the University of Arkansas COMPASS Registration form and return to our office along with the $30 registration fee
  • Once we receive your registration form we will send you a confirmation email along with a registration number to take with you on the day of your test.




University of Arkansas | Office of Testing Services