Before the COMPASS

Prior to taking the COMPASS tests, you can prepare yourself by: 

  • Familiarizing yourself with the types of questions on the exam by reviewing sample COMPASS test questions. http://www.act.org/compass/sample
  • Understanding that the COMPASS test is not timed and that you can work at your own pace. 
  • Scheduling enough time to take the test. It's a good idea to set aside a few hours of your day to complete the exam. 
  • Making sure you have proper information needed on test day (i.e. photo identification, social security number, fees, etc.) 
  • Getting enough sleep the night before the test.
  • Eating a nutritious meal both the night before and the morning of the exam.
  • Arriving early enough before the test begins to allow yourself time to locate the testing area, go to the restroom, get a drink, etc. It's important not to feel rushed so that you have time to gather your thoughts before the test begins.