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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.



  COMPASS Assessment

All new students are evaluated in three areas:

  • Reading
    May be waived with an ACT Reading score of 18 and above or transfer credit for ENGL1010 (ENG101)
  • Writing
    May be waived with an ACT English score of 22 and above or transfer credit for ENGL1010 (ENG101)
  • Mathematics
    May be waived with an ACT Math score of 21 and above or transfer credit for any of the following: MATH1010, MATH1030, MATH1050, or MATH1110 (MTH121, MTH122, MTH130, MTH130)

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:

  1. Schedule a COMPASS retest appointment by calling 419-755-4764.
  2. Take the completed COMPASS Retest Payment Form and $25 payment to Cashier's Office .
  3. Present the "paid" COMPASS Retest Payment Form to the Student Success Center when you arrive for your retest appointment.

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:

  • Keyboarding
    A Keyboarding score of at least 24 net words per minute satisfies this requirement
  • CISS1020 – Introduction to Computers
    A Computer Skills score of at least 34/40 or 85% satisfies this requirement

The Computer Literacy Assessment requires you to understand and be able to perform tasks on the computer in four skills areas as follows:

Internet Explorer 7

Use hyperlink to go to another web page
Navigate using back/forward buttons
Display specific web site by web address
Copy Text
Go to a previously saved Favorites page
Display home page
View History
Refresh the web page
Change web page's font size
Add a web site as a Favorite


Attaching document files via email
Email address description
Create new email
Send email
Forward email
View Contacts list
Create new contact
Open email
Display sent email
Sort email by sent from, subject, date sent

Windows XP

Close a program
Delete a file or folder
Display contents of a specific drive/folder
Display contents of a specific drive/folder
Minimize window
Create a folder
Arrange icons by name, type, size, or date
Rename a file or folder
Copy file from one disc to another
Switch programs
Start a program

Word 2007

Open a document
Save a document
Correct spelling
Set margins
Change text to bold
Change size of font
Save a document specifying the file type
Copy text
Move text
Print Preview


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.

Computer Literacy Assessment Retest Form

  TEAS V Entrance Test

The TEAS V is required for admission to:

  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Practical Nursing Certificate
  • Radiological Sciences
  • Respiratory Therapy

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.
(All exams must be completed by 6:00 p.m.)


Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
(All exams must be completed by 11:30 a.m.)


For NC State Instructor Use ONLY:
NC State Make-Up Exam Proctoring Services Form and Instructions

Please complete the Proctoring Services Form (above) and send with exam via interoffice mail to "Proctoring at KH-3".


Download the form to fill in electronically. Attach completed form and exam to an email and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

  • First, contact your college or university for their proctoring requirements to designate NC State as your proctor.
  • Read the "North Central State Proctoring Services Policy" for details on our requirements.
  • Contact Cathy Craig, Coordinator of Student Assessment Services, at 419-755-4736 or 419-755-4764 to make an appointment for your exam or COMPASS.
  • Complete the "Payment Form for Proctoring Services".
  • Take the completed payment form to the Cashier's Office, room 155 Fallerius and pay your $25 fee.
  • Present your "paid" payment form to the proctor when you arrive for your appointment.
Proctoring Center Hours (By Appointment ONLY)
  • Student Success Center, Kee Hall, Room 136

Contact Information:

Cathy Craig, Coordinator of Student Assessment Services

Phone: 419-755-4736 or 419-755-4764

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address: North Central State College, 2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, OH 44906

  ENGAGE Survey

ENGAGE is a 30-minute questionnaire that helps NC State learn more about you and what you need to do well in school.  Results from ENGAGE will help your academic advisors and instructors better understand you and suggest ways to help you succeed in college.

The ENGAGE survey must be completed before your "NEW STUDENT ADVISING" meeting with an academic advisor.  If you do not have internet access at home, please arrive 30-45 minutes before your scheduled meeting to complete the survey.

Items you will need before beginning the ENGAGE
The Student Success Center can help provide this information.
Call 419-755-4764.

  1. NC State's Group Code
  2. Your ACT Composite score
    COMPASS Reading, Writing, math domain (pre-algebra, algebra, etc.), and math scores
  3. Your Student ID Number (not the same as your Social Security Number)

Steps to complete the ENGAGE Survey

  • Go to
  • Under "Ready to start (or complete) your survey?":
    click Students click here
  • Enter Group code (provided by Student Success Center)
  • Enter your name and Student ID# (can be provided by the Student Success Center)
  • Enter your ACT Composite or COMPASS scores (can be provided by the Student Success Center) 
  • Answer the questions honestly
  • When you visit the Student Success Center for your "New Student Advising" meeting, your academic advisor will use the results of this survey to recommend the appropriate classes for you.




  COMPASS Preparation

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:


Pre-Algebra, Algebra, College Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry:

Geometry, Mean/Median, Percents:


Graphing, Prime Factorization, Percents, Word Problems:

Polynomials, Geometry, Graphing:



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