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If you are a new student entering Clark State for the first time, you most likely will be required to take the COMPASS placement test. The COMPASS placement test will assess your skill levels in reading, writing and mathematics based on your major at Clark State.

If you have taken either the ACT or SAT within the past three years and have received the appropriate scores, you may be excused from the placement test. (See Entrance Exams in the College Catalog for scores.)

If you test below a given skill level, you may be required to take a College Preparatory Education (CPE) course. College Preparatory Education courses are designed to build skills so that you'll succeed in college-level classes. If you are required to take at least one College Preparatory Education course, you may be eligible for Student Support Services.

The initial COMPASS placement test is free. A $5 fee will be charged for a retest. Most often, placement test scores will remain valid for three years.

  • An appointment is required to take the COMPASS placement test.
  • Bring your acceptance letter and a valid photo ID when you take the placement test.
  • Preparation session and test will take about three hours.

If you have a documented disability (either a physical or learning disability) and need special accommodations for taking the placement test, make prior arrangements with the Office of Accessibility at 937.328.6019.

Placement Test Appointments
To schedule an appointment for the Leffel Lane Campus, call 937.328.6049. The COMPASS placement testing lab on the Leffel Lane Campus is located in the Sara T. Landess Technology & Learning Center, Room 117.

To schedule an appointment for the Greene Center Campus, call 937.429.8921. The COMPASS placement testing lab at the Greene Center Campus is located in Room 121.

COMPASS testing days and times may be adjusted.

Placement Testing Contact

Sara T. Landess Technology and Learning Center
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