COMPASS Placement and Admission Test

The table below will provide important information regarding applicants who are required to take the COMPASS before an admission decision can be rendered.

COMPASS Placement and Admission Testing Guidelines

SAT/Verbal score below 430 or ACT/English score below 17 Applicant must take the COMPASS Reading and English/Writing exams
SAT/Math score below 400 or ACT/Math score below 17 Applicant must take COMPASS Math exam
CPC (College Preparatory Curriculum deficiency) in English and/or mathematics If the deficiency is in English, applicant must take the COMPASS in Reading and English/Writing. If the deficiency is in mathematics, the applicant must take the COMPASS in math.
Non-traditional applicants Applicant must take the COMPASS in English/Writing , Reading , and Math
International students (without SAT/ACT scores and/or with CPC deficiency) Applicant must take the COMPASS English/Writing, Reading and Math

The COMPASS Minimum Score Requirements for Admission to Fort Valley State University:

To be considered for admission, applicants must obtain the COMPASS minimum score requirements. Applicants must not receive the COMPASS minimum score requirement in all three areas of Learning Support as presented in the following table.

Reading Writing/English Math
62 32 20

COMPASS placement score ranges and Learning Support courses placement guidelines are presented in the following table.

Reading Score Course Writing /English Course Math Course
62 – 75 READ 0099 32 – 59 ENGL 0099 20 – 30 MATH 0097
31 – 36 MATH 0099

The COMPASS placement scores required to exempt enrollment in Learning Support courses are presented in the following table.

Reading Writing/English Math
76 60 37

The applicant must register online for a COMPASS testing appointment. For registration, the applicant must use the FVSU-issued ID number. For applicants for the 2013-2014 Academic year, the COMPASS will be administered on selected Fridays and Saturdays throughout the Fall Semester 2013, Spring Semester 2014, and Summer Semester 2014. To register for COMPASS placement testing , click here.

 Fort Valley State University allows applicants, whose test scores fall within a certain range of the required COMPASS exit scores, to retest before enrollment. Applicants who score within the following ranges of the required COMPASS scores are eligible to retest.
  • Math score of at least 32-36
  • Reading score of at least 66-75
  • English score of at least 50-59
 There is a charge of $20.00 for COMPASS testing. The testing fee may be submitted in the form of cash, cashier check, or money order payable to Fort Valley State University. There is a charge of $10.00 per unit (exam) for retesting. Testing fees are to be submitted on test day before admittance to testing session. The testing fee is non-refundable and non-transferable (that is, the payment only applies to the original confirmed test date).

 On Test Day

Applicants are required to bring a valid school or government-issued photo ID (school ID, driver’s license, passport or military ID) for admittance to the testing session. Electronic devices are not permitted.


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