Test Centres for COMPASS

The Most Preferred COMPASS Test Centres

The COMPASS test is an untimed computer adaptive test used to find if you are college-ready. Most students prepare for the test so that they can save on tuition fees for preparatory courses and to complete their graduation earlier. However, students generally underestimate the importance of test centres in their overall preparation plan.

The test centre carries importance because a wisely selected test centre can make you more comfortable while taking the exam, and therefore the test scorecard will reflect your actual capability. If the test centre is in a location that is too noisy, or if it is a long distance away from your residence, you might be too disturbed or exhausted while taking the test. Therefore, to keep the right frame of mind while taking the test, the choice of the right test centre from the available ones is important.

To select a test centre try to keep the following factors in mind:

  1. The Nature of the Test Centre:

    While choosing your test centre, try to strike a balance with the kind of surroundings of the test centre and the distance from your residence. If the surroundings are noisy and disturbing, or if the test centre has recently started testing services, you might want to avoid testing there.

  2. The Fees for the Exams:

    If the college requires the students to take the COMPASS, the test centre will not charge fees. But if you voluntarily decide to take the test because of a gap in your career, most colleges charge a fee in a range from 25 to 30 USD. If you are taking the test from an international location, the exam fee may be higher.

  3. The Distance from your Residence:

    If you are not testing from an international location, the choice for selecting from recognized test centres is practically limitless. Selecting a centre that is closer to home gives a comfort of being at peace during the test because the exhaustion due to travel is less. Sometimes, students mistakenly choose a centre based on the college, but travel long distances to get to it. This causes undue pressure of time and creates a panic situation if you are caught up in traffic. Therefore, choosing a centre closer to home is advisable.

  4. The Availability of COMPASS Dates:

    Many centres have a direct walk-in available for testing. However, it is always advisable to register in advance for the COMPASS to save on unnecessary anxiety before the test. There can be situations where the testing machine is simply not available due to too many students arriving at the centre you choose at the time you want. Sometimes the test centre mandates a timeline for testing more than 3 sections, which is generally one hour before the test centre closing time.

  5. Documents Required for Testing:

    Although not much of a hindrance, there can be specific documents required by some centres before the test can commence. This can be varied from a list of approved photo identifications to a college specific identification card. Make sure you have approved photo identification at hand before selecting a test centre for your test.

To help you select a test centre, here are some links where information about the testing centre is available.

If you intend to test remotely (from international locations) the complete list of approved testing centres is available at http://www.act.org/compass/sites/international.html

In conclusion, the choice available among the test centres is vast, and selecting the right centre from these choices is important to keep the right frame of mind during the exams. If you are in a peaceful and unhurried state of mind before and during the exams, you are most likely to perform better. Striking a balance between the nature of the testing centre, the availability of dates and the proximity to your residence is therefore crucial while selecting the right test centre. Keeping all these points in mind before selecting the test centre will add on to improving your performance in the COMPASS. Good Luck.