COMPASS Placement Test
COMPASS Placement Test
The COMPASS is a national test used by many technical and community colleges, as well as universities. If you do not live close to South Dakota, and want to take the test without traveling to the area, you may contact the Registrar and Academic Services Office at (605) 394-2400 to find a school closer to your home. The school would have to send the School of Mines the scores via fax at (605) 394-1268.
If you are planning to transfer credits from your previous university to determine which of your transfer courses articulate to your degree program at the School of Mines, please check with your academic advisor (found under "My Profile" in WebAdvisor) or Kathy Crawford in the Registrar and Academic Services office at (605) 394-1288 or Kathryn.Crawford@sdsmt.edu. This information is useful in determining which, if any, placement exams you will be required to take.
Placement Test Information For All Students
COMPASS Test Registration for First-time Freshmen
The COMPASS Placement Test
The ACT is the required initial test used to place students who attend a South Dakota regental university into their mathematics and English courses. A student can be placed in classes via the ACT sub-scores for math and English, or, for more accurate placement,using the ACT COMPASS test, which is administered at South Dakota universities such as the School of Mines. The COMPASS test is administered on a computer and takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes for each section (math, writing, and reading). Students who need to take the COMPASS test should sign up for and attend a COMPASS Day (dates are listed below) by going to the New fStudent Checklist or contact the Registrar and Academic Services Office at (605) 394-2400.The COMPASS Day schedule for 2012f are on the following days:
· April 27, 2013
· May 11, 2013
Students will need to take all or part of the COMPASS test if:
1. They have not taken the ACT within five years from date of enrollment and have not taken and passed any college level English or math courses.
2. They scored above 24 on their ACT math.
3. They scored a 24 or less on their ACT math and want to challenge their course placement. Students have the option of taking the higher of the two scores, but are warned that a deficiency warrants serious contemplation and students should consider the class that best reflects the requirements of math success. At School of Mines, advanced math, especially calculus, is a mainstay in the curriculum, regardless of major.
4. They scored 17 or less on their ACT writing.
5. They scored 16 or less on their ACT reading.
COMPASS results are designed to assist the institution in placing students into appropriate math and English courses or, if necessary, into developmental or preparatory courses. We caution students that successful completion of a high school course (e.g., trigonometry) does not guarantee that this course has been mastered at the college level. Placement is confirmed by passing the appropriate COMPASS test area.
The COMPASS is given at all South Dakota Regental institutions and they will administer the test for students coming to the School of Mines; however, there may be a nominal fee. Contact the School of Mines for further information at (605) 394-2400.
The COMPASS is also administered on the Mondaysfollowing the First programorientations during the summer. However, students are not enrolled in Fall classes untill after the COMPASS is taken so they are encouraged to take the COMPASS as soon as possible rather than postponing the test for a later date. Contact the Registrar and Academic Servies Officeat (605) 394-2400