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: www.act.org/compass/
To Request a copy of your COMPASS scores click here. Scores must be less than 4 years old to request scores.
Test preparation materials are available in the Gordon Kelly Academic Success Center (Vines 202) or in the Boreham Library.
Now let's take a look at some sample COMPASS Tests:
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 or at the Student Advisement and Career Planning Office located in the Smith - Pendergraft Campus Center. Then bring the signed form to the Testing Center to test. If payment is required then a reciept from the Cashier's office is also required prior to testing.
What to Bring
Please bringa photo I.D., Test/Restest Authorization Form and reciept. You may bring your own calculator, however we provide them here. Calculators above T84 are not allowed.
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.
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/ASSET 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 Center5210 Grand AvenueP.O. Box 3649Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3649PHONE: (479) 788-7682EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org OFFICE HOURS:Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.