Compass Test

The Computerized-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) is an un-timed, computer-based examination comprised of three (3) sections that cover reading, writing, and mathematics:  It is designed for students who have been out of an education setting for three (3) or more years and is good for admission to Arkansas Tech University.  On average, the COMPASS test takes an hour and a half to complete. For more information you can visit the web site:

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The cost of the COMPASS is $36.50 (cash, debit or credit, no checks) for all three sections (Reading, Writing, & Math). Retaking one section is $12 and retaking two sections is $24.00. Payment is made at Student Accounts in Doc Bryan. You can also pay by phone with debit or credit card by calling them at (479) 968-0271.

REGISTERING: To register for the COMPASS test you must bring your receipt to the Testing Center in Doc Bryan, Suite 171. If you pay by phone a copy will be faxed to the Testing Center and you will be registered.

You need to bring your photo I.D.& your receipt.  You may bring your own calculator, however we also provide them. T89 & T92 calculators are not permitted.

Your score will print out upon completion of the test.
The scores on the COMPASS test will not transfer to another university unless specified by that institution. 
Students expecting to go to another institution or intending to transfer to another school should take the National ACT, or complete their general education requirements prior to transferring.

A student may not retake a section of the COMPASS more than three times in a 30 day period.  Cost is $12 per section or $36.50 to retake the exam in its entirety.