COMPASS®/English as a Second Language (ESL) Test
Announcement: Effective, May 28, 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.
Note: 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
The Testing Center will follow the testing schedule shown in the table below.
|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.|
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:
- First-time Southwest students 21 years of age or older
- Non-degree students who have not received a "C" or better in college level English Composition and or College Algebra
- Transfer and Summer Visiting Students who have not earned a "C" or better in English Composition and College Algebra from a regionally accredited college or university.
In order to prepare for the COMPASS® Test, please view the COMPASS® Sample Test Questions.