COMPASS is a placement exam for postsecondary institutions. COMPASS is NOT a college admission test. Kentucky colleges and universities will not use COMPASS scores for replacement of the ACT to admit a student into their institutions. The COMPASS computer-adaptive college placement test helps colleges evaluate incoming students’ skill level in Reading, Writing Skills (English) and Mathematics and place students in the appropriate level college course.
The benefit of COMPASS testing for students who are interested in attending college will be the placement of students in appropriate college courses. After completing an intervention, the student will be prepared to take the COMPASS. Meeting the benchmarks on COMPASS allows students to be placed in college credit-bearing courses, not remediation courses, if they meet the individual postsecondary institution’s requirements for admission.
The Kentucky Department of Education will cover the cost of COMPASS one time. This is a great opportunity for juniors and seniors who have not made benchmark on the ACT. By making the cut point scores below on COMPASS a student would not have to take a remedial course in college if they haven’t made benchmark on the ACT.
COMPASS Cut Points
Reading – score at or above 85
English – score at or above 74
Math – score at or above 36
If you have questions concerning COMPASS, please contact Monroe County High School at (270) 487-6217