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General Information

 The Computerized-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (Compass) is an un-timed, computer-based examination comprised of three (3) sections that cover reading, writing, and mathematics. Individuals may be required to take the Compass for placement purposes. On average, the Compass test takes an hour per section to complete. For more information you can visit the web site:

 To Request a copy of your Compass scores click here. Scores must be less than 4 years old to request scores.

Practice Test

 Test preparation materials are available below:

Test Descriptions            Test Prep            Study Tips            Test Preview


Now let's take a look at some sample COMPASS Tests:

                                                                                                      Reading Sample Questions           

   Writing Sample Questions      

 Algebra Sample Questions

Pre -Algebra Sample Questions



The first COMPASS test for admission to UA - Fort Smith is administered free of charge.

For students wishing to use the scores at another institution the student sets up a remote test with the other school then pays a fee of $10. 

If a student wishes to retest then the re-test fee is $25.

To have your official scores sent to another institution the fee is $5.

The COMPASS tests scores are good for four years. If a student scores below the minimum, a fee is required for a retest within this time period.

If the student's COMPASS test score(s) have expired, the student will not be required to pay a retest fee for admission to UA - Fort Smith.


How to Register for the COMPASS

 A Test/Retest Authorization Form is required and may be picked up at the Admission’s office, at Advising and Career Services office or at the Testing Center: All three are located in the Smith - Pendergraft Campus Center. If payment is required then a reciept from the Cashier's office is also required prior to testing.


What to Bring

 Please bring a photo I.D., Test/Restest Authorization Form and reciept. You may bring your own calculator, however we provide them here. We adhere to the ACT guidlines for calculators.


 Your score will print out upon completion of the test.  

The scores on the COMPASS test will not transfer to another university unless specified by that institution. Students expecting to go to another institution or intending to transfer to another school should take the National ACT, or complete their general education requirements prior to transferring.

Retest Policy

All students seeking admission to UA - Fort Smith receive one free COMPASS test in the event that he/she does not have course placement based on previous course work or acceptable ACT, SAT scores.

Student scores below the minimum for admission:

1. Paid retest with no time delay between tests.

2. The student may elect for an Admission Review by the board.

Testing Center
5210 Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 3649
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3649
PHONE: (479) 788-7682
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.