Compass

COMPASS PLACEMENT EXAM


COMPASS is an untimed, computerized test that helps colleges evaluate students’ skills and place them into appropriate courses. The COMPASS examination is required for all new Drake State applicants and some returning students (Exemptions below). COMPASS is offered daily on a walk-in basis during regular hours of operation. For more information please contact the Testing Center at 256.551.3116 or email donyale.jones@drakestate.edu
  • Applicants must complete an Admissions Application prior to taking the exam. 
  • The exam is computer-based and untimed.
  • Free the first time, fee applies for retesting (see below).
  • Picture ID is required.
  • Exam takes approximately 2 hours.

COMPASS RETEST POLICY

Students will be allowed to retake the placement test one (1) time. Scores will be valid for a period of 3 years before expiring. Retakes will cost $8 per section, payable in the Business Office bring the receipt to the Testing Center on date of test. No same day testing will be allowed.

 

THE FOLLOWING EXEMPTIONS LISTED ARE POLICY NUMBER 902.01, THE STATE OF ALABAMA, DEPARTMENT OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION - TWO YEAR COLLEGE SYSTEM:

1.3 Exemptions

The following students are exempt from the assessment requirements: any student scoring 480 or above on the SAT verbal and 526 or above on the SAT math, and 20 or above on the ACT English and math who enroll in a System college within three years of high school graduation; students who have an associate degree or higher; and students who transfer degree-creditable college-level English or mathematics courses with a grade of C or better; senior citizens, undeclared, and other non-award seeking majors who are taking classes for a vocational reasons only; students in certain short certificate programs having no English or mathematics requirements; students who have completed required developmental coursework at another Alabama College System institution within the last three years; audit students; students who can provide documentation of assessment (COMPASS or ASSET) within the last three years; and transient students. Dually enrolled high school students in English or math may be exempted from the assessment requirements.