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Columbia Testing



The COMPASS or ACT test is required by Moberly Area Community College of all students seeking a degree or certificate, who have accumulated fourteen credit hours, or who plan to take an English or math course.

COMPASS is an untimed, computerized test that consists of three areas of study: writing, reading, and mathematics. The purpose of the COMPASS is to assist in your placement into English and math courses at MACC. The COMPASS test is given at all MACC campus locations. (Dates and times vary, call the individual site for more information.)

As the COMPASS testing progresses, you may find that some tests will take longer to finish than others. This is because you will be tested at several different levels of knowledge about the subject and the computer program adjusts to your responses. Once you have answered a certain number of questions on one of these levels, you will either be shifted to a more advanced level of questioning or you will be prompted onto the next test depending on the number of correctly answered questions. There is no set number of questions for any test.

Bring $10.00 for the COMPASS test fee. You will be asked to show photo identification at the time of the test. You are allowed to retake the COMPASS. The test sessions fill up quickly, so contact the Columbia Higher Education Center at 234-1067 as soon as possible to reserve your space.

COMPASS sample test


Test will begin at 9:30 am on the following dates:

Friday, February 21
Friday, March 7
Friday, March 21
Friday, April 4
Friday, April 11
Thursday, April 17
Saturday, April 26
Friday, May 2
Friday, May 9

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your test time!
Remember to bring:

* $10.00
* Photo ID