About the COMPASS Test

The COMPASS Placement Test

Students who enter the college will be asked to take the placement test unless they meet certain criteria that exempt them from placement. As this test is used to determine a student's skill level in English, math and reading, and whether a student is required to take Learning Support courses, it should not be taken lightly.

For placement at GPC we use ACT's Computerized-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS). There are three areas to the test, English, mathematics and reading.

  1. The COMPASS English test was designed to determine whether an examinee has the writing skills necessary to succeed in college level courses or whether the examinee initially needs learning support writing courses.
  2. The COMPASS mathematics tests were developed around five contact domains: numerical skills/pre-algebra, algebra, college algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Calculators are not allowed for COMPASS math testing.
  3. The COMPASS reading test was designed to determine whether an examinee has the reading skills necessary to succeed in college level courses or whether the examinee initially needs reading courses.

The COMPASS placement test is administered through GPC's College Testing Services.

Practice COMPASS Questions

To make sure that they are prepared to do their best on their placement testing, prospective studentsshould refresh their skills prior to taking the placement test. GPC's College Testing Services and GPC's Learning and Tutoring Centers provide links to practice COMPASS questions in each area (some links are on both sites).

Practice materials from College Testing Services.

Learning and Tutoring Centers' practice materials.