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
For more information visit the ACT/COMPASS web site.
Candidates may bring their own calculator. Please check the ACT/Compass calculator guidelines before testing.
DU Course Credit awarded for COMPASS Tests.
Davenport Students and Candidates:
Your Admissions representative will register you for the COMPASS exam.
Non-Davenport Students / Remote COMPASS Testing:
For non-DU students taking COMPASS for placement at a college other than Davenport University, you must:
- Be registered for a Remote COMPASS with the college you plan to attend
- Receive an e-mail with your COMPASS registration number
- Request an appointment at the W.A. Lettinga campus in Grand Rapids or on the Warren campus.
- Pay $30 proctoring fee
Check the DU Testing Hours at our campuses to select your time.
Davenport Fee for Remote Testing:
DU students (or applying to DU) - no cost
Payment must be made by credit card prior to appointment
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 Policies and Procedures:
Personal Items – Personal items will not be accessible to candidates during their testing session.
Prohibited Items – All personal items including cellular phones, computers and other/any electronic devices, bags, purses, wallets, coats, hats (all non-religious), briefcases, watches, books, notes and all other personal possessions. These items may be left in a car or placed in a secure area designated by DU staff. Cell phones are strictly prohibited. No Exceptions.
The COMPASS assessment is of a universal design and is given in an isolated environment. The COMPASS placement test is computer based, multiple-choice and untimed.
It is highly recommended that you take a couple of weeks to brush up on your math for this test through Open Class Academy.