Assessments, Entrance Tests, and Proctoring Services
The Student Success Center administers several tests to new students for course placement purposes. Some assessments may be waived with equivalent ACT scores or transfer credit. If you are unsure if you need testing, contact the Student Success Center to determine if you need an assessment 419-755-4764.
All new students are evaluated in three areas:
This assessment is best completed before the student enrolls in any classes, but must be taken before completing 13 credit hours of classes. The COMPASS assessment must be completed before any of the following courses can be taken: READ0080, WRIT0090, MATH0070, MATH0072, MATH0074, MATH0086, MATH1010, MATH1030, MATH1050, and MATH1110, STAT1000, STAT1010, or STAT1030. Other courses may also have math or English pre-requisite requirements.
Students who have already completed an associates's degree or bachelor's degree may not be required to take the COMPASS. Contact the Admissions Office to see if previous credit can be applied towards this assessment.
Contact the Student Success Center at 419-755-4764 to schedule an appointment to take the COMPASS.
Note: The first COMPASS test for each student is FREE, however, effective May 1, 2012, a Non-Refundable fee of $25 applies to any COMPASS retest (not taken in conjunction with a Boot Camp or the Solutions Program).
To register for COMPASS Retest:
English and Math Boot Camps are designed to help students prepare before retesting, and are offered prior to each new semester at a cost of $25, which include between 8 and 12 hours of instruction and your COMPASS retest. A great way to save time and money! >>more
Questions? Contact the Student Success Center 419-755-4764.
Computer Literacy (or CIS) Assessment
By Appointment Only!
This assessment will take about 45 - 60 minutes to complete. To make an appointment, contact the Student Success Center in Kee Hall, room 136 or call 419-755-4764.
Your skills will be tested in two separate areas - keyboarding and four computer skills areas - Internet, E-mail, Windows XP, and Word 2007 (See below for a detailed list of the tasks that students need to carry out in the assessment).
Successful completion of the Computer Literacy Assessment satisfies two requirements:
The Computer Literacy Assessment requires you to understand and be able to perform tasks on the computer in four skills areas as follows:
Want to practice your computer skills before taking the assessment or before retesting? The Learning Express Library has free online tutorials for:
Enter your Social Security Number or any public library card number and choose a library name from the drop down list to enter into the Learning Express Library menu. (This step assures that you are a user from the state of Ohio.) Click "Login to Add" beside the tutorial you would like to practice. If you are a new user, click "Register" and create a username and password for the Learning Express Library system. This same login can be used to take any practice test or tutorial on their system.
Students will have one (1) opportunity to take the Computer Literacy Computer Skills portion of the assessment, free of charge. Any student wishing to retest on the 4 core competencies - Internet, Email, Windows, and Word processing - must get approval from the Student Success Center, make an appointment, and pay a retest fee of $15.00 to the cashier prior to retesting.
TEAS V Entrance Test
The TEAS V is required for admission to:
The test is a 4-hour assessment that requires prior registration and fee payment at the Cashier's Office, room 155 Fallerius.
Learning Disability Assessment
If you know or feel you have a learning disability and you would like to receive assistance through the Office of Disability Services, but you do not have recent (within 3yrs) documentation that shows that you have a learning disability, you will need to complete a Learning Disability Assessment.
This assessment requires fee payment and a scheduled appointment. Please contact the Coordinator of Specialized Services for more information.
NC State Make-Up Exam Proctoring Services
As a service to North Central State students, the college provides proctoring services for making up NC State Exams, free of charge.
The instructor must submit the exam to the Student Success Center by 4:00 p.m. the day before the make-up exam date.
Students may arrive at the Student Success Center anytime during the following NC State Make-Up Exam Proctoring hours; however, all exams must be completed by the end of the session:
Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
For NC State Instructor Use ONLY:
Please complete the Proctoring Services Form (above) and send with exam via interoffice mail to "Proctoring at KH-3".
Please Note: The Make-up Exam Form and Test must arrive together in the same email or interoffice envelope.
NON-NC State Proctoring Services
As a service to the students of other educational institutions, North Central State College can be utilized as a proctoring site for non-NC State exams or COMPASS placement assessment for admission to another college. A $25 fee applies to each exam or COMPASS assessment appointment.
Proctoring Center Hours (By Appointment ONLY)
When should you prepare?
Before taking the COMPASS
Save time and money by preparing for the COMPASS before testing. This can help avoid taking unnecessary classes as well as save on the need to retest.
Ways to Prepare for the COMPASS
Online COMPASS Preparation
Use any of the following sites for practice and review of Reading, Writing, or Math
Learning Express Library
Or take a practice ACT test through the Learning Express Library by clicking on "Practice ACT Test". Enter your zip code and click "Submit". Scroll to the bottom of the page and "Register" as a new user in order to test and save your results. Choose "College Preparation" on the left, then click "ACT Preparation". Choose any ACT English, Writing, Math, or Reading practice test. Review the suggestions for any questions missed.
Reading & Writing
Simple explanations and short example mini-tests with answers for both Reading and Writing:
Practice test and explanations of the answers and study tips:
Simple prefixes and suffixes for understanding common unfamiliar words:
Test taking tips and suggestions:
Geometry, Mean/Median, Percents:
Graphing, Prime Factorization, Percents, Word Problems:
Polynomials, Geometry, Graphing: