ASSESSMENT (PLACEMENT) INVENTORIES
The American College Testing (ACT) Service ASSET and COMPASS assessment inventories are given to new students in associate degree programs to determine academic readiness. The results are used for advising and placement purposes.
All associate degree students will be assessed in numerical skills, writing skills, algebra skills, and reading skills. Stand-alone diploma and certificate students may be assessed in reading and numerical skills. BLET students are required to take the reading assessment only. Special credit students are assessed only when necessary to satisfy a prerequisite course requirement.
Students should complete the assessment inventories prior to registration for proper advising and placement. Information about score requirements is available in the Student Services Office. After testing, each student will receive a copy of his/her ASSET/COMPASS Student Advising Report listing scores obtained and course recommendations based on these scores.
Students needing additional educational preparation will be advised regarding removal of deficiencies. For students enrolled in associate degree programs, deficiencies in writing, algebra, reading, or numerical skills must be removed prior to taking any course work in English composition or mathematics respectively. Additionally, the removal of any reading deficiency must begin immediately or no later than the first term of work after assessment. A reading competency is required for graduation from associate degree programs.
Students meeting the following criteria may be exempted from taking specified sections of ASSET/COMPASS:
Students may retest on ASSET or COMPASS based upon recommendation of the Assessment Specialist or Director of Counseling Services. A student may test only twice while enrolled at the College.
Applicants to any Allied Health Program must take the required assessment inventories to meet entrance requirements. Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, and Practical Nursing applicants are not exempt from taking ASSET/COMPASS.
Special assessment accommodations for students with special needs are also available upon request along with appropriate documentation. Students with special needs should contact the Director of Counseling Services prior to scheduling their placement test to ensure that appropriate accommodations will be provided.