What is COMPASS?

COMPASS is a Computer-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System developed by ACT. “Computer-adaptive” refers to the way test questions are selected. All COMPASS testing is done with computers, and questions are generated in response to each individual test-taker’s previous answers. For example, in the math test, a student who consistently answers basic math questions correctly is automatically given progressively more complex questions. Likewise, a student who consistently misses advanced level math questions is automatically routed to more basic questions.

When will I know my score?

At the end of your testing session, you will receive a printout showing your score for each test you took.

Is there a cost to take a placement test?

Lincoln College students are not charged for their initial placement exams. There is a $20 fee for each subsequent attempt on any test.

How can I prepare for the placement test?

Placement testing is an important first step in your college career. It may be helpful to look at sample questions before taking the tests. Visit the following sites to get an idea of what to expect.

Further information about the placement tests is available from ACT COMPASS.

How do I schedule a placement test?

Students who participate in PROP summer orientation will take placement tests during their campus visit for the PROP session. Other students should follow the steps below.

  1. Current students should contact their academic advisor and request that a Placement Test Authorization form be sent to the Testing Center. Prospective students should contact the Admissions Office.
  2. Call the Testing Center at (309) 268-4899 to schedule an appointment.
  3. Bring a photo ID to the Testing Center (106A) when you come to take the test. The proctor will furnish scratch paper and pencils. A calculator will be provided upon request.

LCN COMPASS Placement Test FAQ Sheet