Compass Testing At Reedsburg


Please bring a picture ID when you come to test and arrive 15 minutes before the testing time.

Register for a COMPASS test at the COMPASS testing web site


  • Friday, June 3 - 12:00 noon
  • Tuesday, June 7 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Monday, June 13 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 21 - 12:00 noon
  • Monday, June 27 - 9:00 a.m.


Please review the following Compass information

What is COMPASS?

The un-timed COMPASS test is a series of basic skills assessments completed on a computer. Developed by American College Testing (ACT), COMPASS stands for COMputer-adapted Placement Assessments and Support Services. There is no “passing score”. Rather, COMPASS scores indicate academic areas where you are strong, areas where you may need help and which courses would be a starting point for your educational career.

Compass is user friendly and was designed for individuals with little or no computer experience.

Compass will focus on math, writing and reading skills. What makes COMPASS unique is that it adapts to your abilities….questions will increase in difficulty to determine your skill level.

A COMPASS test is not required if a student already has a bachelor’s degree or has taken a college level English or Math class and earned a grade of C or above. If you have met the above requirements and receive a letter to take the COMPASS test, please contact your Division Office for clarification.

 Study Guides

Useful Websites for reviewing prior to COMPASS testing include:




· (grammar/punctuation/review)

· (essay review)

·      Math Study Guide

·      English Study Guide

Answers to frequently asked questions

What is COMPASS: The COMPASS placement test is for students planning to take degree credit classes at Madison College. It is a computerized, un-timed test and includes assesslINments in reading, writing and math. Most Madison College programs require students to complete an essay.

Is a photo ID required?: A photo ID is required to take the COMPASS test.

Taking COMPASS for another school: Students who take the COMPASS test for a college other than Madison College will be charged a proctoring fee of $10 per hour. Please notify the proctor prior to testing that the test will be for admission to another school. Credit cards will not be accepted as form of payment.

ACT/SAT scores: The ACT/SAT will not replace the COMPASS test for proper placement in English and Math Courses.

Testing Fees: There is $20.00 charge to take the COMPASS test

Testing materials: Scratch paper, pencils and calculators are provided. Students are allowed to bring their own scientific calculator.

Completion time and test results: The average completion time for the test is 2 ½ to 3 hours. The student is given a copy of the test results upon completion.

Math retesting: Students are allowed to re-test once in math, but need to wait a minimum of two weeks before taking the test again. It may be recommended that students study review packets, Websites or attend a math workshop. If, after retesting, a student is still not satisfied with the score, a Math advisor can be contacted to get assistance.

English retesting: Students are allowed to retest once in English. They are encouraged to review online study guides and/or take a reading workshop. The student will need to complete remediation prior to retesting again. If, after retesting, a student is still not satisfied with the score, an English advisor can be contacted to get assistance.