Advising and Recruiting

Placement Testing Information

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Placement testing policy is mandated by our governing authority, the Alabama State Board of Education.

Who needs to take a COMPASS placement test?  
All entering students who enroll in associate degree or certificate programs, and those who enroll for more than seven credit hours.

Can I use my ACT/SAT scores, instead of taking COMPASS?
Yes. Students may use ACT/SAT subscores for placement, provided the test date was within the past 3 years. See chart below for placement explanation.

 ACT Reading  Placement 
 1-14      RDG 085, first semester
 15 and higher  Exempt from RDG 085 
   
 ACT English  
 1-16  ENG 092
 17-19  ENG 093 
 20 and higher  ENG 101 
   
 ACT Math  
 17 or below    Must take COMPASS math 
 18-19  MTH 100 
 20 or higher  MTH 112  
   
 SAT 1 Math/Verbal  
 480  MTH 112/ENG 101
 

I don't like where I placed, can I just start in any level class I choose?
Students may not register for any course above the placement level until appropriate prerequisite courses have been completed.


Who should not take a COMPASS placement test?

  1. Students who transfer degree-creditable, college level English or Math courses with a "C" or better. Transcripts must be on file before an exception to the placement testing requirement will be approved, or unofficial copies provided to an advisor. 
  2. Students who hold an associate degree or higher, senior citizen, students who have successfully completed developmental studies, transient students, and dual enrollment students are exempt except for meeting prerequisites or program entry requirements.

Placement testing is an untimed computerized test.  Results from your test will be available immediately upon completion of test.  Tests are administered in the Advising Centers at both campuses. The testing schedule for each campus is listed below.

*Decatur Campus

*Huntsville Campus

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Monday through Thursday

Monday through Thursday

9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

3:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

 

 

Fridays

 Fridays

8:30
9:00

*Testing dates and times subject to change.

Students who would like to request accommodations on the basis of disability should contact Disability Services at (256) 306-2630 or dmh@calhoun.edu.