Centers for Taking COMPASS





COMPASS Test Centre Options to Choose From

The COMPASS test is an untimed computer adaptive test, used for deciding whether you are college-ready. When you have decided to take the COMPASS test because the college requires you to do so, because you have had a gap in your studies or because you do not satisfy the entry level criteria based on SAT/ACT, the next question that arises in your mind would be about a test center.Well, you have many options, and some of them are listed below:

  1. International options:

    If you are based in an international location or your pagan trip to an international location clashed with the admission schedule of your college, you might want to go in for the option to test remotely. Here’s a link from the official site pointing to locations where you can test from:

    http://www.act.org/compass/sites/international.html

  2. Finding a centre in the US:

    The best option to search for a location to test in the US is the official site, where test centres can be searched using the zip code. Here’s the direct link:

    http://www.act.org/compass/sites/index.html

    The best centre to choose is the centre that is closest to you. Journeying a long distance before taking the test is a sure way to exhaust you even before the test.

    Thus, your question about a suitable test center is answered. Read on to find out more tips about the same:

  3. Paying exam fees:

    When your college requests you to take the COMPASS, chances are that the test can be administered free of cost. If you are one of those few who are taking the retest, a fee of around 20 to 40 USD is expected. Some colleges like GSC demand that the fees be paid in cash only. Some other colleges demand a receipt of the fees before appearing for the exam. Some colleges even charge separate fees for different sections in the exam.

  4. Centre selection and timeframe:

    When selecting a centre, there are some things that you should keep in mind. Most centres are up to the mark in providing facilities, but there is a small amount of preference that you can make. This preference can simply be based on the following

    • If a trade-off can be made between a centre that is closer to your residence and the amount of fees being charged for your attempt.
    • Is a test slot available in the centre on the particular date you choose?
    • Is your chosen test day a public holiday?

  5. Things to carry along:

    Make sure you carry an approved picture identification and the receipt of the exam fees on the test day. Most colleges provide calculators, pencils and test paper. It is advisable to carry a calculator that you are familiar with, to avoid wasting time to understand the functions of another one. A cheat sheet to make a quick revision of important math formulae could be handy. Of course a small pack of chocolates or an energy drink can juice you up on the test day, before entering the exam centre.

In conclusion, the question of test center selection is a query common to all prospective candidates taking the exam. A well selected center goes a small way in ensuring your comfort level, and can help in scoring well in the COMPASS. This in turn can help you save fees on courses that you can study yourself. While selecting a  test centre, make sure you are aware of the time slots available in the college you choose, and whether or not it is close to your location. Account for the time you might take to revise your basic knowledge and skill on reading, writing and algebra. This will avoid rushing to the exams without brushing up on basics. The tips stated above were hopefully helpful in answering your question on choosing a suitable center for taking the test and help in laying to rest your anxiety. Good luck.




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