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).
All 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 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.
If you are needing COMPASS testing as a student for another college/university you must schedule that through the Assessment Center (859) 246-6669.
Students, please refer to our placement reports to determine if you need COMPASS testing or to see what classes you will be placed in according to you ACT or COMPASS test results.
If you would like to test at our other Campus’ please call them for their walk-in hours.
*Please Note: Incoming freshmen must schedule an appointment.
Please visit one of our COMPASS test study guides