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.

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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  COMPASS Reading  Placement
 1-12     RDG 085, first semester  0-40         RDG 085 Developmental Reading
 13-14 ENR 094 Basic English and Reading  41-64 ENR 094 Basic English and Reading
 15+     No Reading requirement  65+ No Reading Requirement
       
ACT English   COMPASS Writing  
 1-16 ENR 094 Basic English and Reading  0-55 ENR 094 Basic English and Reading
 17-19 ENG 093 Basic English II  56-69 ENG 093 Basic English II
 20 and higher ENG 101 English Composition I  70+ ENG 101 English Composition I
       
ACT Math   COMPASS Math  
 1-17 MTH 090 Basic Mathematics  Pre Algebra 0-35     MTH 090
 18-19 MTH 098/MTH 116 Pre-Algebra 36-100
or
Algebra 1-27
MTH 098/MTH 116
 20-21 MTH 100/ MTH 103/MTH 231 Algebra 28-62  MTH 100/MTH 103/MTH 231
 22-24 MTH 110/ MTH 112 Algebra 63-100
or 
College Algebra 1-45 
MTH 110/MTH 112/MTH 265
 25-26 MTH 113/ MTH 120 College Algebra 46-100
or
Trigonometry 1-45 
MTH 113/ MTH 120
 27+ MTH 125 Trigonometry 46-100 MTH 125
       
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. Please make sure you bring a picture ID and know your social security number for testing purposes.

*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.