In accordance with Kentucky State Legislature, degree-seeking students who have not submitted ACT/SAT scores, or who have submitted ACT scores below 18 in English/Writing, 19 in Math, or 20 in Reading must take a Mandatory Placement Exam: COMPASS. The purpose of this exam is to place students in the developmental/transitional or collegiate-level course appropriate for their skills. COMPASS is an untimed test with three sections - math, reading and writing (we also offer ESL testing in Grammar, Reading and listening/Speaking).
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All BCTC new freshmen who have never attended college must have placement test scores. ACT/SAT scores will be accepted If ACT/SAT scores meet the requirements. If scores do not meet requirements, incoming freshmen must take the COMPASS test. You may schedule you COMPASS testing by visiting our online scheduling system - you received the link in your admissions packet.
Continuing, Readmit, and Transfer students may also take the COMPASS test if needed.
All BCTC Students: The first test is free, any time after that a $20 fee is to be paid. If a student does not place the first time, a second test will be given for free. If the student does not place after the 2nd time, we will refer the student to tutoring.
KCTCS Students: Due to limited testing space, any student testing for another KCTCS college outside of BCTC may test one time free if testing accommodations are available.
A PHOTO ID is required to take the test. Students are provided with a basic calculator, scrap paper and a pencil. NO personal items will be allowed into the testing room.
*NOTE:The Academic Advising and Assessment office at BCTC does not offer compass testing for students at other colleges outside of KCTCS.