Placement Test Workshops


Do You Need to Take A COMPASS Placement Test?

  • Send your ACT scores to the Records Office. Depending on
    your score, you may not be required to take all of the placement tests. For further details visit:
  • If you are required to take the tests, most can be taken twice in a two-year period. To be granted a third opportunity to take the reading and writing placement test, you may participate in a process offered by Writing, Reading, Speech Assistance.  Details of the process are outlined here.
  • The second attempt at the Math Placement Test must be taken within 28 days of the first attempt.
  • Our 45-minute workshops can help you make the most of each attempt. Workshops are offered throughout the year.
  • Join us in the Learning Commons (SRC 2102) for one of the placement COMPASS Placement Test Workshops. For more information and to register call (630) 942-3940.

Fall 2015 COMPASS Placement Test Workshops


Reading Placement Test Workshops

The COMPASS reading workshop helps students get accustomed to the test format. The workshop provides an overview of the test, sample questions, and study aids. In addition, a review of test-taking strategies help students gain confidence and sharpen their skills.

Wednesday, October 7, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, October 27, 1 p.m.
Monday, November 16, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, December 2, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8, 5 p.m.

Writing Placement Test Workshops

An overview of the grammar test, sample questions, and study aids.

Wednesday, October 7, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, October 27, 2 p.m.
Monday, November 16, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, December 2, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8, 6 p.m.

eWrite Essay Placement Test Workshops

The COMPASS writing workshop will include a "refresher" on essay structure and development. Also covered are resources to study, test taking tips, and understanding the test directions. Students attending the workshop will review the writing process and will have a realistic idea of what is required.

Wednesday, October 7, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21, noon
Tuesday, October 27, 3 p.m.
Monday, November 16, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, noon
Wednesday, December 2, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8, 7 p.m.

ESL Placement Test Workshops for First-time Test Takers

 An overview of the test including a summary of test sections, 
 preparation tips, and study aids.

Thursday, October 15, 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 5, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, December 9, 1 p.m.

Math Placement Test Prep Sessions using My Math Test
My Math Test
is a free, online math practice program used to prepare for the COMPASS Math Placement Test. The workshop does not include math instruction, but guides problem-solving. During the workshop participants will register for My Math Test, learn how to navigate the program, and become familiar with Take a Test and the Study Plan created just for you. Following the session, work in the program can be completed from any computer with Internet access.  

Tuesday, October 6, noon
Thursday, October 22, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, November 3, 9 a.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 3 p.m.
Monday, November 30, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9, 10 a.m.
Thursday, December 17, 5 p.m.

*If you are unable to attend a workshop and would like access to MyMathTest call (630) 942-3941 for information.

 Geometry Review Workshops
The Geometry Workshops are intended for students who need to take the Geometry Placement Test and who have taken geometry at one time but want to review. The Geometry Review is given in two 2-hour sessions and it is suggested that students attend both workshops.

Session 1: Angles, Parallel Lines, Triangles and Circles

Monday, October 5, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, November 10, 6 p.m.
Monday, December 7, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, December 15, 11 a.m.

Session 2: Quadrilaterals, Practice Test

Wednesday, October 7, 10 a.m.
Thursday, November 12, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9, 4 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, 11 a.m.