Compass Assessment

Compass Assessment

Testing and Assessment Center
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     Preparing to take the Compass Assessment

The Compass Sample Packet
includes details about the test and sample questions.

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Additional Resources

Click here to access additional study resources to prepare for the Compass Assessment.    

Compass Testing Locations

LCCC Main Campus
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LCCC Wellington Center

LCCC Lorain Learning Center

The Midpoint Campus Center

University Partnership Ridge Campus  

To assist you in reaching your goals, LCCC offers an assessment program that will help identify your strengths and areas of needed enhancement before beginning your college level coursework.  Our state-of-the-art Compass Lab provides the opportunity to complete the assessment in a way that is most convenient for you.

The Compass Assessment is delivered in the Testing and Assessment Center located in the College Center Building (CC) Room 233Click here for Testing and Assessment Center hours.  With a picture I.D. you can take the assessment on a walk-in basis at anytime during those hours.  The assessment takes approximately two hours.  If it is difficult for you to schedule a two-hour block of time, you can take the assessment in portions over several days.

Placement Assessment

Most applicants are REQUIRED to participate in a placement assessment process. The placement assessment includes, but is not limited to, an evaluation of reading, language usage and mathematical skills. Based on the results of the placement assessment process, placement in courses commensurate with a student’s academic achievement is mandatory. This assessment must be completed prior to enrolling in the following:

  • More than one course (three or four credit hours in length). 
  • Any mathematics course. 
  • ENGL 161. 
  • Any course requiring college-level reading and/or English 161 as a prerequisite or corequisite. 
  • Any science course with mathematics as a prerequisite.

Students wishing to enroll in advanced courses in mathematics or certain science courses will be required to complete the Mathematics section of the Compass Assessment. Additional information can be obtained in Enrollment Services.

It is the policy of LCCC that applicants (exclusive of English as a Second Language (ESL) students) who achieve placement assessment scores of 30 or above in both language usage and reading skills are eligible to enroll in credit courses at the college.

Applicants with scores of 28-29 on either language usage or reading skills may be admitted on probation, and are limited to six (6) credit hours per semester until a grade point average of 2.0 has been achieved in twelve (12) credit hours of graded courses.

Scores of 0-27 on either language usage or reading skills make an applicant ineligible to enroll for credit courses. Those who score in this range will be advised to seek alternative educational/training options. They may be retested after one year.

Situations involving a wide variance between or among scores will be addressed on an individual basis.

Common Questions:

What is the Compass Placement Assessment? Why is it important?
Compass is a computerized placement assessment in writing, reading, and math that helps Counselors and Advisors place you in the proper courses as you begin your studies at Lorain County Community College. The Compass assessment is designed to improve your chances of success here at LCCC. If you are placed in a course that is too easy for you, you may get bored and lose interest. On the other hand, if you are placed in a course that is too difficult, you may become overwhelmed and lose confidence in your abilities.

Should I review first?
Yes. Reviewing may help you to bypass some courses and place into a higher starting level. This is especially true in Math. This guide contains sample items which preview the assessment. Reviewing the sample items will help you to have a more successful assessment experience.

When am I required to complete the Compass assessment?
The Compass Placement Assessment must be completed prior to enrolling in: 

  1. More than one course (three or four credit hours in length). 
  2. Any mathematics course. 
  3. ENGL 161. 
  4. Any course requiring college-level reading and/or English 161 as a prerequisite or corequisite. 
  5. Any science course with mathematics as a prerequisite.

Are there any exceptions?
Exceptions to the assessment might include: 

  1. A student who has completed an Associates Degree or higher at an accredited institution 
  2. A transient student in good standing 
  3. A student with an ACT (with documentation):
    • A student with an ACT English score of 18 or SAT English Writing score of 430 and SAT Critical Reading score of 450 
    • A student with an ACT Mathematics score of 22 or SAT Mathematics score of 520 
    • A student with an ACT Reading Score of 21 or SAT Critical Reading score of 450 OR
    • A student with all ACT subtotal scores of 22 or higher earned prior to August 1995 or 
    • All ACT subtotal scores of 24 or higher earned September 1995 or later 
  4. A senior citizen 
  5. A student registering for audit 
  6. A Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education cross-registration student

If I have a learning disability or if English is my second language, are special arrangements available?
Yes. If you have a disability, call Disability Services at (440) 366-4058 and request special assessment arrangements.

If English is not the language in which you learned to read and write, you will need to complete the English as a Second Language Placement Assessment. Please call Dr. Annouska Remmert at ext. 7042 or Sharon Van Houte at ext. 7092.

Do I need computer skills?
No. You do not need computer skills. You will find that the Compass system is very user-friendly. If you need assistance, the Testing and Assessment staff is here to help.


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