Placement Testing for Running Start Students

Initially, Running Start students only take the COMPASS reading assessment. You may be eligible to bypass English testing and gain college-level English placement if you:
  • have completed at least THREE semesters of high school with a cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0
  • SAT scores ≥ 470 (average of reading and writing scores)
  • ACT scores ≥ 19 (average of English and reading scores)
The MyMath Test study program can be activated at any time, but take care not to wait too long to begin the math testing process to ensure your high school graduation plans remain on track! The Running Start Math Options document will further explain math options for Running Start students. You may be eligible to bypass math testing and gain college-level math placement if you:
  • took Pre-Calculus in high school and achieved a B or higher for two consecutive semesters (no B-)
  • SAT scores ≥ 550
  • ACT scores ≥ 23

Looking for tips on how to prepare for your COMPASS test?

Online Interactive Practice
Study Guides(PDF format) The COMPASS test is untimed. Most students average 45-60 minutes to complete.

When you are ready, you will take the COMPASSS test on a computer in our testing center. You will need to schedule an appointment to do so.

There is a $30 fee for Placement Testing. Valid photo identification is required for placement testing.