COMPASS® placement test helps you succeed
The COMPASS placement test is designed to help determine which classes you should take as you start your studies at Cincinnati State. It accurately places you into reading, writing, and math classes that are best suited for your abilities. The placement test is there to help ensure your success; it is not timed and it is not a pass/fail test. There is also a short keyboarding test.
For your convenience, students are individually tested on a drop-in basis, no reservation is required, and there is no charge for the test. Please be sure to bring photo ID. Allow approximately 11⁄2 hours for testing. A calculator, pencil and paper are provided. Testing is not offered on College holidays.
Clifton Campus Testing:
Testing is conducted in the Testing Center, room 176 in the Main Buidling. Main campus parking is $5, park in the Central Parkway Parking Garage.
|Monday-Thursday||Friday||First Saturday of the month (every Saturday in May and June)|
|8 am – 8 pm||8 am – 4:30 pm
||8 am - 12 noon|
|(arrive no later than 6 pm)
||(arrive no later than 2 pm)||(arrive no later than 9:15 am)|
COMPASS testing is available on our Middletown campus, located at:
1 North Main Street
Middletown OH 45042
|9:00 am - 3:00 pm
||11:00 am - 5:00 pm
||1:00 pm - 8:00 pm|
|(arrive no later than 1:00 pm)||(arrive no later than 3:00 pm)
||(arrive no later than 6:00 pm)|
Prepare for the COMPASS test
It is important to prepare for the test to ensure that you are placed in the right program sequence. This will help minimize the cost of your education in terms of time and money. You can prepare for the test by visiting the COMPASS website for sample questions. You may also find additional help with the math portion of the test at www.mathpower.com. To practice your typing skills go to play.typeracer.com.
Request to waive the COMPASS test
If you have successfully completed college level courses in mathematics, writing, or reading, you may submit a test waiver request. Cincinnati State does not accept SAT scores in place of the COMPASS test. If you have taken the ACT achievement test within the last two years, you may be exempt from placement testing. Submit a copy of your ACT scores to the Office of Admission via www.ACTstudent.org.
If you do not live in the Greater Cincinnati area and need to take the COMPASS placement test to complete your application process, please contact the COMPASS lab at (513) 569-1569 to arrange remote testing.
CLEP Testing Coming Soon!
Interested in earning college credit for knowledge you already possess? The College accepts CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) and the Clifton Campus Testing Center will become an approved testing site in Fall 2013. If you have earned CLEP credit contact College Board to have your CLEP transcript sent to:
Office of Admission
3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45223
Please contact the Testing Center at (513) 569-1569.