COMPASS Information

COMPASS is a series of computer-adaptive placement assessments. COMPASS does not determine your admission status with Kellogg Community College. There are three sections of the COMPASS: writing, reading, and mathematics.  Sections are not timed, but students generally spend 30-45 minutes on each; expect to spend about 2 hours if you are taking all three sections.

If you have ACT scores, you may not need to complete all three sections of the COMPASS. Most Kellogg Community College courses have COMPASS prerequisite score requirements, so it is important that you take your time and do your best work. Courses will be recommended based on your COMPASS scores.

If you have previously taken the ASSET, COMPASS or have prior college credits, please speak with an Academic Advisor to determine if you need further testing.

You will need your government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport, etc.) and your social security number must be on file to take the COMPASS. You may bring an ACT-approved calculator for the math section; however, a standard Microsoft calculator is available on the computer during the assessment.

For placement information, please refer to the Placement Score Equivalencies

To see some sample questions, visit

For COMPASS practice through the Michigan Learning Express Library (Michigan library card needed, if off campus) Will need to search for COMPASS once at site: Compass Practice Tests

 COMPASS Schedule

COMPASS assessments may be taken according to the following schedule which shows the first available start time and the last available start time on a walk-in basis at the Battle Creek campus. The COMPASS assessment schedule is subject to change. Call 269-965-4136 for current schedule information. COMPASS may be taken at our satellite campuses by appointment.

Regular Battle Creek Walk-In Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday by appointment only; 269-965-4136 to schedule

Schedule Adjustments:

  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 26, 2015 CLOSED  
  • Friday, November 27, 2015 CLOSED                                            

COMPASS Retest Policy

ACT, the organization that provides the COMPASS test, has outlined specific guidelines when a retest is allowed.  Retesting is allowed only when there is a substantial reason to believe the current scores do not represent the student’s current level of knowledge and skills. (The need for a higher score to enter a course or program is not an acceptable reason.) Retests can be taken after 30 days from original test date.

You must fill out a Request to Retest (obtained and turned into the Testing Center); if approved, you will be required to pay a retest fee to Records and Registration before retesting.