All new degree-seeking students are required to either submit their ACT scores or complete the COMPASS Assessment Test. The COMPASS is a computerized placement test that covers basic skill areas in writing, reading and mathematics. You are not rewarded or penalized for your scores on the COMPASS Assessment; it is just one of the many tools that your advisor will use to help you register for classes.

NEW Walk-In COMPASS Dates
Once you have submitted an application for admission to Northwest State, you can mark your calendar to attend a walk-in COMPASS Assessment day. The schedule for upcoming walk-in COMPASS dates is listed below. Please plan on about one and a half hours for testing.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18, 2014 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.

*Students are not required to preregister to take the COMPASS. Just come prepared with your N# and photo ID. 

What Should I do Before Testing?
Students are encouraged to review sample test questions online at www.act.org/compass/sample before taking the COMPASS. By refreshing your memory on certain topics, you will get a more accurate assessment of your current skills.

Students are encouraged to bring a calculator to the COMPASS Assessment test. Graphic calculators are not permitted.