Purpose: To evaluate the student’s present strengths and needs for advisement and successful placement in English and Mathematics courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is COMPASS or ASSET? COMPASS and ASSET are assessment tools of academic skills. They are used as a means to gather information regarding the background, educational needs and goals of students. A low COMPASS or ASSET score will not keep anyone from attending college. By participating in a COMPASS or ASSET Test, students may build a solid plan for success in the educational options they choose to pursue at John A. Logan College. Special preparations are not necessary as the assessments are designed to measure skills acquired through high school, work experience or previous college work.
    • COMPASS (Computerized and untimed) COMPASS stands for Computerized Adaptive Placement Assessment & Support System. The COMPASS assessments are a series of un-timed adaptive tests in the areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. They are designed to select the range of questions that is appropriate for the test taker’s ability level. This process of computer adaptive tests is typically shorter than paper and pencil tests.
    • The COMPASS Reading Assessment: You will be reading two or more passages and answering several multiple choice questions about each passage.
    • The COMPASS Writing Assessment: You will be shown essays that contain errors in punctuation, grammar, writing style and organization. You will be asked to read the selections, select and correct mistakes, and make revisions.
    • The COMPASS Mathematics Assessment: You will be able to select the level to begin the Mathematics Test based upon the level of math that you completed in high school. You will be given scratch paper, a calculator and pencils to work out multiple choice problems for this test.
    • For practice, visit the ACT website at www.act.org/compass/sample/. Look for sample questions in Reading, Writing, Pre-algebra and Algebra.
    • ASSET (Paper/Pencil version and is timed) ASSET stands for Assessment of Skills for Successful Entry and Transfer in written (not computer) form. The Asset Test consists of one Reading, one Writing, and four Mathematics Tests ranging from Numerical Skills through College Algebra. Students only take one of the four Math Tests. Each of these tests requires 25 minutes. The total required for Reading, Writing, and one of the Math Tests will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Normally, these tests are only administered in the high schools and extension centers.
    • The ASSET Reading Assessment: You will be reading three passages and answering several multiple choice questions about each passage.
    • The ASSET Writing Assessment: You will be shown three essays that contain errors in punctuation, grammar, writing style and organization. You will be asked to read the selections, select and correct mistakes, and make revisions.
    • The ASSET Mathematics Assessment: You will be able to select the level to begin the Mathematics Test based upon the level of Math that you completed in high school. You will be given scratch paper, a calculator and pencils to work out multiple choice problems for this test.
  2. Who must take the ASSET or COMPASS Assessment before registration?
    1. All first time college students.
    2. Transfer students without a college transcript.
    3. Transfer students with a college transcript that does not indicate a successful completion of a college level English or Math course. (ASSET/COMPASS assessment must be taken before registration).
  3. Who is exempt?
    1. Students who have Reading, Writing AND Math scores from ASSET or COMPASS tests given at a high school.
    2. Students with passing grades in college-level English courses and college level Math courses.
    3. Students who have undergone ASSET/COMPASS assessment at another college or university and have transferred their scores to John A. Logan.
    4. Students enrolling only in ALH 101, ALH 102, ALH 103, TRT 152, PED 100 or 103, EMT 111.
  4. Are there arrangements for students who have a disability or learning problem? Students needing any reasonable accommodations because of a disability should contact Beth Blumenstock, Coordinator of Disability Support Services, or Carolyn Gallegley, Director of Student Success Center.
  5. Is there a fee charged for the test? There is no fee to test, but a student can only test a maximum of three times in an academic year.
  6. When and where can I take the test? Assessment tests can be taken in the Testing Services Office, Room C205, or at a John A. Logan Extension Center at a scheduled time; or on a walk-in basis during late registration. Click here to see the Compass Entry Placement Test Schedule.
  7. What does a student need to bring on the day of testing? A photo I.D., Social Security Number and a pencil. Open book or persons not testing are not allowed in the testing room. All personal belongings (purses, cell phones, pagers, notebooks, etc.) are not allowed in the testing room. There are lockers, 25 cent fee, on the lower level of the College where items may be left.
  8. Where and when can I get my test results and register? The proctor will give you your results immediately after the test if you take the computerized COMPASS Test at the Testing Services Office. If you take the written ASSET Test at an Extension Center , your results will be mailed to you in a few days. After receiving your results, you may contact the Admissions Office to register with an advisor.
  9. How long are my scores valid? Scores are good for three years.

For more information and to schedule a test date call the Testing Services Office (618) 985-3741 Ext. 8520 or 8518.