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COMPASS Placement Test


COMPASS (COMputer-adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System) is an untimed, computerized test that helps Davenport evaluate skills and place students into appropriate courses. The test has three (3) sections:

  • COMPASS Writing - requires students to edit text that has errors in grammar, punctuation, usage, and style
  • COMPASS Reading - asks the students to find main ideas, locate explicit information, and draw conclusions from information in the passage
  • COMPASS Math - covers a variety of items from pre-algebra to college algebra

COMPASS ESL (English as a Second Language) is also available.

The COMPASS placement test is computer based, multiple-choice and untimed.  For more information visit the ACT/COMPASS web site.

DU Course Credit awarded for COMPASS Tests.

Testing Sites:

All Davenport campuses.  


Your admission representative will register you for the COMPASS exam.  It is highly recommended that you take a couple of weeks to brush up on your math for this test through Open Class Academy.  


  • DU students (or applying to DU) - no cost

Test Duration:

The test is untimed.  Campuses require testing appointments.   Click here for testing hours and e-mail/phone contacts for making an appointment. 

Recommended Appointment time:

  • 2 hours appointment recommended for complete COMPASS test.
  • 1 1/2 hour appointment for a sub-test (such as writing only, reading only, or math only)

Retake Rule:

DU students make take any sub-test or the complete test 2 times.

ID on the Day of Testing: 

Candidate must bring one form of picture identification such as a passport, a state issued driver's license, a state issued ID card, a student ID or an employee ID.  Candidates will not be tested if they fail to present appropriate ID.

Testing Center Rules:

Prohibited Items – Personal items (cell phones, backpacks, purses, MP3 players, etc.) are not allowed during testing.  They may be left in a car or placed in an area designated by DU staff.

Provided Items –

  • Scratch paper (will be collected after test) & pencils
  • Erasable Board & Marker
  • Calculator will be provided on computer screen for the math portion; students may bring a calculator if it meets the ACT/COMPASS guidelines

Score Results:

Students must see their admission representative for their test results.


For more information, please go to the DU Student Access Web site.

Remote COMPASS Testing

For non-DU students taking COMPASS for placement at a college other than Davenport University, you must:

  1. Register for COMPASS Remote Test with the college you plan to attend
  2. Receive an e-mail with your COMPASS registration number
  3. Given only at the W.A. Lettinga campus in Grand Rapids and in Warren.  Call 616-554-5614 (Grand Rapids) or 586-620-4049 (Warren) to schedule an appointment
  4. Pay $30 proctoring fee

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