COMPASS Testing Schedule
By Appointment Only. Students must contact the Director of IR and Testing at 251-368-7603 to schedule an appointment.
Every Thursday at 1:30pm and every Friday at 9:00am. (excluding State and local holidays) in the Wallace Building, Room 110. No registration is required for these testing dates.
All entering students who enroll in associate degree or certificate programs and who enroll for more than four credit hours or eight weekly contact hours per semester will be assessed through administration of the ACT/ASSET, COMPASS, or another approved assessment instrument and be placed at the appropriate developmental level as indicated by the assessment results with exceptions to be determined by the Dean of Instruction. All placement test results are considered a part of the student's permanent academic record.
Entering students may be requested to have the results of all tests they have taken, including the ACT and/or SAT, forwarded to the College. This information may be used in conjunction with the results of the pre-registration testing for placement of students in appropriate courses and curricula.
Students who are first-time college students or who have not taken English or math at another postsecondary institution must take the COMPASS test before placement in English or math. Students meeting the following exemptions will not be required to participate in COMPASS testing:
Any student scoring 470 or above on the SAT writing, reading, and math sections, or 20 or above on the ACT English, reading, and math who enroll in JDCC within three years of high school graduation;
Students who have an associate degree or higher;
Students who transfer degree-creditable college-level English or mathematics courses with a grade of "C" or better;
Students who are enrolled in classes for avocational reasons only;
Students in certain short certificate programs having no English or mathematics requirements;
Students who have completed required developmental course-work at another Alabama College System institution within the last three years;
Students who can provide documentation of assessment (COMPASS or ASSET) within the last three years;
Sample questions on the COMPASS test may be viewed at http://www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html
Each section of the COMPASS test may be repeated only ONCE, at a charge of $8.00 per section ($24.00 for entire test). This re-test fee must be paid in the Business Office on either the Atmore or Brewton campus. Students who choose to re-test should do so on the same campus where they originally tested. Students must present a receipt showing the fee has been paid before re-testing. A student re-testing for Ability-to-Benefit must repeat all three parts of the assessment in one sit-down session. [Note: Ability-to-Benefit is used to acquire financial aid for students enrolling in certain non-degree eligible programs who do not have a GED or a regular high school diploma from an accredited high school.]
Attention JDCC Nursing Program Applicants
Effective with the fall semester 2011 nursing admissions, the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) will replace the COMPASS Reading score as one of the components for calculation of admission scores. COMPASS will still be required for college academic placement into English, math, and reading and COMPASS English and math will also be required for those students who have not completed ENG101 and MTH100 and need to document eligibility for those classes as part of the nursing admissions process. The TEAS is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. The objectives assessed on the TEAS exam are those which nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level skills and abilities of nursing program applicants. For more information on the TEAS, you may contact the Director of IR and Testing at 251-368-7603 or visit www.atitesting.com to view available test dates and register for the test.