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COMPASS Placement Test


COMPASS (COMputer-adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System) is an untimed, computerized test that helps Davenport evaluate skills and place students into appropriate courses. The test has three (3) sections:

  • COMPASS Writing - requires students to edit text that has errors in grammar, punctuation, usage, and style
  • COMPASS Reading - asks the students to find main ideas, locate explicit information, and draw conclusions from information in the passage
  • COMPASS Math - covers a variety of items from pre-algebra to college algebra

For more information visit the ACT/COMPASS web site.

Candidates may bring their own calculator. Please check the ACT/Compass calculator guidelines before testing.

DU Course Credit awarded for COMPASS Tests.


Davenport Students and Candidates:

Your Admissions representative will register you for the COMPASS exam.  

Non-Davenport Students / Remote COMPASS Testing:

For non-DU students taking COMPASS for placement at a college other than Davenport University, you must:

  1. Be registered for a Remote COMPASS with the college you plan to attend
  2. Receive an e-mail with your COMPASS registration number
  3. Request an appointment at the W.A. Lettinga campus in Grand Rapids or on the Warren campus.  
  4. Pay $30 proctoring fee

Check the DU Testing Hours at our campuses to select your time.


Davenport Fee for Remote Testing:  

DU students (or applying to DU) - no cost


Payment must be made by credit card prior to appointment

Retake Rule:

DU students make take any sub-test or the complete test 2 times.

ID on the Day of Testing: 

Candidate must bring one form of picture identification such as a passport, a state issued driver's license, a state issued ID card, a student ID or an employee ID.  Candidates will not be tested if they fail to present appropriate ID.

Testing Center Policies and Procedures:

Personal Items – Personal items will not be accessible to candidates during their testing session.

Prohibited Items – All personal items including cellular phones, computers and other/any electronic devices, bags, purses, wallets, coats, hats (all non-religious), briefcases, watches, books, notes and all other personal possessions. These items may be left in a car or placed in a secure area designated by DU staff.   Cell phones are strictly prohibited.  No Exceptions.

ADA Accommodations:

The COMPASS assessment is of a universal design and is given in an isolated environment. The COMPASS placement test is computer based, multiple-choice and untimed.  

Study Resources:

It is highly recommended that you take a couple of weeks to brush up on your math for this test through Open Class Academy.