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The COMPASS Placement Test for ESL (English as a Second Language) students is designed for students whose native language is not English or is English but not learned in the United States. The test measures multiple levels of English proficiency and is designed to maximize your potential for success by appropriately placing students into ESL or English courses. Students who achieve high scores on the COMPASS Placement Test for ESL students can place out of ESL classes and into non-ESL classes.
Our goal is to ensure that your classes are at the right level for you - not too easy and unchallenging and not so difficult that you would feel overwhelmed.
ESL students begin the COMPASS Placement Test by completing a 45 minute timed paper and pencil writing sample on a selected topic provided by the Testing Center. Upon successful completion of the essay, an untimed computerized reading and grammar usage test is administered.
Most students take two to three hours to complete all three sections of the test.
ESL students complete the math portion of the test at a later date with the approval of an advisor or ESL instructor.
ESL students taking this test will receive their Placement Test results approximately 3 to 5 business days after completing the test. Students should call 614-287-5353 to confirm that their Placement Test results are available. Once scores are available, students can go to Advising Services at any of our locations.
When should you take the COMPASS Placement Test?
ESL students can take the test anytime. Please be aware that the last day to test to be eligible to take classes for the next semester is 7 calendar days days before the start of that semester. Before taking the test, click on the link below to see the start date of the next semester and additional important dates. Late registration fees may apply.
Preparing to take the COMPASS Placement Test
For the essay portion, students should practice writing standard paragraphs.