All students entering college credit programs are required to take a placement test before admission. Test results are used to place students in the proper courses. All certificate, diploma, and degree programs require the COMPASS (Computerized ASSET) placement test or comparable SAT/ACT scores. COMPASS is a suite of computerized tests that evaluate a student’s skills in basic areas, such as reading, writing and mathematics. Columbus Technical College uses COMPASS scores to help place each individual student in courses at a level appropriate for the student’s current knowledge and abilities.
Students who have completed college-level English and Mathematics coursework from a regionally accredited institution with grades of “C” or better, or have earned an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution and who present official transcripts showing the completed coursework will not be required to take COMPASS for entrance into degree, diploma or certificate programs. Programs with competitive acceptance processes may require valid test scores. Arrangements for students with disabilities who need special testing accommodations can be made by contacting the Office of Disability Services at 706.649.1533.
The Testing Center is located on the first floor of the Hartline Building, Room 153A (Administration Building), on the south side of Manchester Expressway. Please allow at least 2-3 hours if you are taking all sections of the COMPASS exam. A valid photo id is required. The COMPASS lab is open Monday – Thursday, 8 am until 6 pm. Application and Retesting Fees must be paid prior to testing.
The policy of Columbus Technical College is to allow one re-testing opportunity per test section of COMPASS per term. A retest can occur seven or more days after an initial test. There is a minimum waiting period of seven days between an initial test and a retest. The retest fee is $15 per test section. For more information, please call Admissions at 706.649.1847.