ASSET and COMPASS Placement Testing
ASSET and COMPASS placement tests are series of tests that are designed to indicate a student’s academic readiness in the areas of English, reading, mathematics and algebra. Academic advisors use the student’s test results to determine appropriate course placement. Appropriate placement helps to ensure students' success in reaching their educational goals.
ASSET is a series of timed paper-and-pencil tests consisting of four sections; 25 minutes are allowed on each section. COMPASS is a series of un-timed computerized tests. Talk to your advisor, the Admissions Officer, or the Counselor prior to testing if you have questions about which sections of ASSET/COMPASS you need to take.
Who Takes ASSET/COMPASS?
|Taxidermy students||Reading, Numerical/Pre-Algebra|
|BLET students||Writing & Reading|
|College Transfer students
General Education students
|Writing, Reading, Numerical/Pre-Algebra, & Intermediate Algebra|
|Dental Assisting applicants
Practical Nursing applicants
|Writing, Reading & Numerical/Pre-Algebra|
|Other degree-seeking students||Writing, Reading, Numerical/Pre-Algebra, & Elementary Algebra|
|Special Credit students||Dependent upon course selection|
When do you need to take ASSET/COMPASS?
You should take placement tests before you register for your first term at MCC. You will not be allowed to register for an English or math course until you have taken the tests. Call the Information Desk at 910-576-6222, Extension 600, to make an appointment for a test session. You must bring a photo ID to the session.
Applicants for Allied Health programs (Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, and Practical Nursing) should discuss retesting with the Admissions Officer. Students in non-allied health programs may retest based upon recommendation of the Counseling & Career Development Center.
Who is exempt from taking the placement test?
|A. Transfer students who have earned a "C" or better on a college credit course from an accredited post-secondary institution:|
|English composition course||exempt from Writing Skills & Reading Skills|
|Reading course||exempt from Reading Skills|
|Math course||exempt from Numerical/Pre-Algebra|
|Algebra||exempt from Numerical/Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, & Intermediate Algebra|
|B. Students who have completed the ASSET, COMPASS, SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER and scored the minimums as listed on the chart below are exempt from placement testing.|
|PLACEMENT TEST CUT-OFF SCORES
(Testing must have been completed within the past 5 years.)
ASSET/COMPASS ADVISING GUIDE
|TEST||ASSET||COMPASS||*COURSE PLACEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS|
|Writing Skills||23 - 32||0 - 25||ENG 070 – Basic Language Skills – (non-credit course)|
|33 - 37||26 - 51||ENG 080 - Writing Foundation - (non-credit course)|
|38 - 40||52 - 69||ENG 090 - Composition Strategies - (non-credit course)|
|41+||70 - 100||ENG 101 – Applied Communications I; ENG 111 - Expository Writing|
|Reading Skills||23 - 33||0 - 45||RED 080 - Intro to College Reading - (non-credit course)|
|34 - 40||46 - 80||RED 090 - Improved College Reading - (non-credit course )|
|41+||81 - 100||Proficiency for associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs|
|Writing Skills||33 - 37||41 - 51||ENG 085 – Reading and Writing Foundations – (non-credit course) (Placement based on combination of both Writing and Reading Skills scores)|
|Reading Skills||31 - 33||35 - 45|
|Writing Skills||38 - 40||60 - 69||ENG 095 - Reading and Composition Strategies – (non-credit course) (Placement based on combination of both Writing and Reading Skills scores)|
|Reading Skills||36 - 40||65 - 80|
|Numerical Skills / Pre-Algebra||23 - 35||0 - 25||MAT 050 - Basic Math Skills - (non-credit course)|
|36 - 40||26 - 46||MAT 060 - Essential Math Skills - (non-credit course)|
|41+||47 - 55||MAT 101 - Applied Math|
|Elementary Algebra||23 - 40||MAT 070 - Introductory Algebra|
|41+||MAT 120 - Geometry & Trigonometry; MAT 140 - Survey of Math|
|Intermediate Algebra||23 - 35||MAT 070 - Introductory Algebra|
|36 - 40||Math 080 - Intermediate Algebra - (non-credit course)|
|41+||Math 151 - Statistics; MAT 171 – Pre-calculus Algebra|
|Algebra||0 – 45||MAT 070 - Introductory Algebra|
|46 - 65||MAT 080 - Intermediate Algebra - (non-credit course); MAT 120 - Geometry & Trigonometry; MAT 121 - Algebra/Trigonometry I; MAT 140 - Survey of Mathematics|
|66 - 100||MAT 151 - Statistics; MAT 171 – Pre-calculus Algebra|
* Students who score below minimum cut-off scores must enroll in remedial courses in order to ensure academic success in future college level English and mathematics courses.
Students may take the placement test twice. (Exceptions: Dental Assisting and Practical Nursing applicants may take the placement test twice each academic year.)