Testing and Assessment Lab

TROY Online Students:

This lab does not test those students who are taking courses online through TROY Online. All TROY Online students should contact the TROY Online office to set up the date, time, and location that placement exams can be completed. To reach the TROY Online office, please contact Arminda Mckee at 334-808-6447 or amckee62538@troy.edu.

Hours of Operation

Location: 135C Eldridge Hall In The Center For Student Success

The testing lab is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
COMPASS placement exams are given daily, starting at 8:00 a.m.

The Testing and Assessment Center (TAC), located in the Center for Student Success, is responsible for providing students with a testing environment where tests can be administered accurately and securely. Students may report to the TAC to take their COMPASS Placement test and other assessments geared around first-year students. The COMPASS Placement computerized tests are for students to identify the appropriate starting level for English and Math courses. After a student completes the COMPASS test, he/she will be provided a score report with his/her appropriate course requirement listed. General assessment is done on a walk-in basis; therefore, during normal office hours, students may come to have placement test done at their leisure. A photo or valid student ID is required.

NOTE: Students will need to know their TROY Student ID number when coming to take exams. This can be found on student's schedule accessed through Trojan Web Express or on their Trojan ID card.

What is the purpose of the COMPASS?

COMPASS is a series of basic skills assessments completed on a computer. Developed by American College Testing (ACT), COMPASS stands for Computer-adapted Placement Assessment and Support Services. This assessment allows you and your advisor to work together to help you be successful. COMPASS scores indicate academic areas where you are strong, as well as academic areas where you are not as strong.

The COMPASS Placement Test has two purposes. First, it checks whether students have the skills to succeed in college-level courses. Second, it helps to place students in whatever courses they are ready for, either college-level courses or courses to prepare them for college-level courses. COMPASS assesses the kinds of skills needed for success in college. COMPASS tests your academic preparation in three areas: writing, reading comprehension, and mathematics. You do not PASS or FAIL the COMPASS test; it only determines your current skill level in the area(s) tested so that you can be placed appropriately.

COMPASS is an untimed, computerized test that helps evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses. You will receive your COMPASS test results immediately upon completion of testing, and your score report will include placement messages informing you what courses you should take and how to register.

When do I take the COMPASS exam?

Placement test for current students can be completed daily. Please contact the placement office to set up a testing time.

Placement testing for future students who will begin in the Fall semester is done during IMPACT (new student orientation) or last chance orientation. For students that will begin during the Spring or Summer semesters placement testing is done at new student orientation day, this date is set by the Admissions Office.

How are COMPASS scores used?

COMPASS is not used like a traditional test. There is generally no "passing score." Rather, COMPASS scores indicate areas in which you are strong and areas in which you may need help. Thus, COMPASS can identify problems in major subject areas before they disrupt your educational progress, giving you the opportunity to prepare more effectively for needed courses. You and your advisor can use scores from COMPASS tests to prepare a course of study that will be appropriate, relevant, and meaningful for you.

*When considering placement into math and English courses, an advisor should discuss the student’s background, including high school courses completed (number of years, levels, grades, how long ago) and student’s comfort level before making final recommendations.*

Contact Us:

Chanukah Anderson
135B Eldridge Hall
(334) 808-6241

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