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COMPASS Testing Hours & Information

Spring Hours -- Toledo

Monday - Thursday: Walk-in COMPASS testing between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday: Walk-in COMPASS testing between 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday: Walk-in COMPASS testing between 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
*No COMPASS testing Sept. 1, Oct. 20-21, Nov. 11 & 26-30

Spring Hours -- Findlay

Monday - Thursday: Walk-in COMPASS testing between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Friday: Walk-in COMPASS testing between 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday: Walk-in COMPASS testing between 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Jan. 10, Feb. 28 and May 2

Students who need to take ASSET must make an appointment.

Spring Hours -- Learning Center Downtown Toledo

Fridays: Walk-in testing between 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


COMPASS FAQs

Read our COMPASS Preparation Course (CPC) FAQs.

What is the COMPASS test?

COMPASS is an untimed, computerized test that evaluates your skills for appropriate course placement in math, reading, writing, and if necessary, English as a Second Language (ESL). You will receive your results immediately upon test completion. The results will be used to place you into Writing, Math, and if necessary, a Reading course, or ESL courses. After testing you will schedule to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) to get ready for classes.

Should I study for the test and complete an online review?

Absolutely! There are several free options for you! Owens Community College offers a COMPASS Online Review to help you brush up on your skills. This online review is designed to help you practice what you have learned previously so you can be calm and prepared for testing. To get to the COMPASS Online Review, follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.owens.edu and click on the Blackboard link on the left hand side.
  2. Log in to your Blackboard account.
  3. On the left hand side of the screen you will see the Registration Resources section. Click on the link called, "Begin the COMPASS Online Review".
  4. You will then see the self enrollment page. Click either "Submit" button to be enrolled in the online review.
  5. You should then see a confirmation that you have successfully enrolled in the COMPASS Online Review. Click "Ok" at the bottom right to continue.
  6. You can now access the COMPASS Online Review under the "My Courses" section of Blackboard. Review the material that will best help you prepare for the parts of the COMPASS you plan to take or retake.
  7. When you are ready to test, contact the Testing Center (567) 661-8378 for test times and required documentation needed for testing.

If you need more than an online review to help you refresh your academic skills, the COMPASS Preparation Course will help you learn skills to support your success at Owens through in-depth review and classroom instruction. This free course is offered in Toledo, and Findlay, as well as at Learning Center Downtown Toledo and Learning Center Maumee. Contact the ABLE office for more information, (567) 661-2708. Visit ABLE at www.owens.edu/able.

COMPASS sample questions are available online at www.act.org/compass/sample. Donít forget you can take advantage of free brush up sessions before the test!

What if English is not my primary language?

Students for whom English is not their primary language may need to take the COMPASS/ESL test. Contact International Programs and Services for more information, (567) 661-2773. Visit International Programs and Services at www.owens.edu/international.

Learning Support Services also offers a COMPASS workshop for English as a Second Language students on an as-needed basic. Call (567) 661-2008 to make an appointment. Visit Learning Support Services at www.owens.edu/learning/.

Is it possible to receive accommodations on the test if I have a diagnosed disability?

Students with documented disabilities who need test accommodations (sign language interpreters, tests in auditory format, or large print) should contact the Office of Disability Services before arranging to take the COMPASS test. Contact Disability Services, (567) 661-7007. Visit Disability Services at www.owens.edu/disability_services/.

Can I use a calculator on the math portion of the test?

You may use any four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator, unless it has features described in the Prohibited Calculator list. Visit www.actstudent.org for a complete list of prohibited calculators.

Can I take the test again if I am unhappy with my results?

You may retake the test, but you must attend either the COMPASS Prep Course, or do the COMPASS Online Review. Testing Services and your advisor can explain how to remediate to retest. You may test four times in a 365 day period. There is a $10 fee for your third and fourth test attempt. The fee must be paid a minimum of 24 hours before you test. Go here for payment information: https://www.owens.edu/cgi-bin/TestPayments.pl

What if I have not earned my high school diploma or GED?

Effective July 1, 2012, all students must have earned their high school diploma or GED in order to qualify for federal financial aid. If you want information on obtaining your GED, contact the ABLE Office, (567) 661-2708. Visit ABLE online at www.owens.edu/able/.

What do I need to know about test day?

You must bring a valid, government issued photo ID, such as a driverís license, state identification card, or passport. You will also need to know your Social Security number. You may bring an ACT approved calculator. The test is untimed, and on average, takes about three hours to complete. You need to complete the test in one sitting. No family, friends, or children are allowed in the test room, nor are food or drinks. Please read through our rules prior to coming to test.

You may also complete your COMPASS paperwork prior to testing by printing and filling out this form. The form is two sided. You may also complete at our office.

Additional COMPASS Resources

For COMPASS ESL test tips, click here.

For COMPASS test tips, click here.




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