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COMPASS®/English as a Second Language (ESL) Test


One valid photo ID is required for all testing.

The Union Avenue Campus Testing Center will administer the COMPASS® test by appointment only. Please visit AdvisorTrac to schedule a COMPASS® test on the Union Avenue Campus. If you are not a Southwest student or do not have access to a computer, contact the Testing Center at 901-333-4170 to schedule an appointment. An Online Admissions Application must be submitted five (5) business days prior to testing.

COMPASS® is a computerized placement test design to assess the student's level of preparedness in reading, writing and mathematics. There is no charge for the COMPASS® test. The COMPASS® test is administered continuously throughout the semester.

COMPASS®/ESL Test Times

Announcement: No testing will be administered Friday, July 25, 2014 due to an outage with ACT COMPASS. Testing will resume Tuesday, July 29, 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Testing Center will follow the testing schedule shown in the table below.

COMPASS®/ESL Test Times
Day Macon Cove Campus
Monday No testing available
Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-Noon

Note: To schedule a COMPASS®/ESL test on the Union Avenue Campus please visit Advisor Trac.

There is no time limit on the COMPASS® test. The average person will complete the entire test (reading, writing and math) in three (3) hours.

Students who must take the COMPASS®/ESL test are:

Note: Students under the age of 21 wishing to improve ACT scores that have been loaded in our system, may take the COMPASS once for a $20 fee. The student cannot have already started a course in reading, writing or math. You only get one chance to improve ACT scores with the COMPASS test.

In order to prepare for the COMPASS® Test, please view the COMPASS® Sample Test Questions.