Compass

The COMPASS Placement exam is very important. This exam is taken to determine if a student will place into college level courses. The exam consists of reading, writing, and mathematics. All students are required to take the COMPASS Placement exam, there is no time limit, and it is taken on a computer. Examinees are strongly encouraged to take this exam seriously.

This exam is only given to students planning to attend Dalton State College.

The Compass Exam is FREE, but you must submit a Dalton State application for enrollment PRIOR to registering for the exam. You will then receive a Dalton State Student ID number to use for the Compass Exam. If you do not have or do not know your Dalton State Student ID number click here.

On the day of the exam:

Photo ID, a Dalton State Student ID number, if you have been assigned one, and a copy of your Admission Status page are required for admittance to the test. Calculators, scratch paper and pencils are provided.

COMPASS Placement Exam Preparation

  1. Study "Chart Your Success on the COMPASS," Callahan. This book is on reserve in Roberts Library.
  2. Visit the ACT web site for on-line COMPASS sample questions.
  3. Visit the Dalton State College Writing Lab website, or Academic Resources' Tutoring and Peer Education website for additional COMPASS sample questions.

 

For COMPASS testing at our Gilmer Center in Ellijay, click here.

COMPASS Placement Registration Form

The Testing Center can accommodate up to 21 examinees at one time. When registration for a session reaches 21 reservations the session will be closed.

Please be sure to choose a test date. If you do not select a day to take your exam your registration will not be processed.

Beginning in September 2009, Dalton State College will begin a no-show policy for the COMPASS Exam. This policy states that if someone registers for the exam and does not attend, there will be a $30.00 charge per BOR, placed on his or her account in the Business Office, which, in turn, will place a hold on the student's record keeping him/her from making any changes until paid. If you do not plan to reschedule for a date that is listed on the website, please contact the Testing Center in order to get your name removed from the list.

If you are a student that would like information on testing with accommodations, please click here.

Dalton Campus Schedule

PLEASE NOTE: Although we have open sessions for COMPASS Testing, we will offer walk-ins during several months in the summer. Please look below for the walk-in dates. You do not need to register as this is a first come first serve testing day. You do need to bring picture ID and your Admission Status page. Because this is a walk-in, there may be a wait time so please come early. Your patience will be appreciated.

Please, if you plan to come on a walk-in test day to take the COMPASS, you do not need to submit the form below.

 The dates listed below are for first time test takers only. Click here for the COMPASS Retest Policy and dates scheduled for retesting. If you need to register for a retest, please contact the Testing Center at 706-272-2606.

Dalton State
  Day of the Week Date Time Location
Monday November 24 1:00 pm Lorberbaum Liberal Arts (LIA) 103
Closed Monday November 24 4:00 pm Lorberbaum Liberal Arts (LIA) 103
Walk-In Wednesday November 26 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Lorberbaum Liberal Arts (LIA) 103
Monday December 1 1:00 pm Lorberbaum Liberal Arts (LIA) 103
Walk-In Tuesday December 9 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Lorberbaum Liberal Arts (LIA) 103
Walk-In Thursday December 18 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Lorberbaum Liberal Arts (LIA) 103
         
*** Please note: Walk-ins are being offered to help accommodate you. You do not need to register for the walk-in session. All you need to do is bring your ID and be sure that you arrive between the time listed. We will not allow anyone to test after the testing period has ended. **These dates are for first time test takers only. If you need to do a retest, please contact the Testing Center.
Name:
Phone:
DSC ID:
Email:
You must bring a print out of your Admission Status with you in order to take the COMPASS.
Click here to get your Admission Status form for the exam.
 
If you do not have or do not know your Dalton State Student ID number click here.
Do you have an application on file in the Admissions Office? Yes No
Are you currently attending Dalton State College? Yes No
If not attending Dalton State, is this a scheduled Remote Exam? Yes No  If yes, registration number
This is my first time registering. This is a change in my registration.

If you are a student with accommodations, please click here.

I have a 504 plan/IEP in High School and need to apply for accommodations/assistance with the COMPASS   Exam.
   I do not need/waive the offer for accommodations/assistance with the COMPASS Exam.
 
Remember: If you do not keep your scheduled appointment you will be charged a $30.00 no-show fee per BOR. If you need to cancel, please contact the Testing Center at 706-272-2606. If you need to reschedule, please choose a day listed above and click, "this is a change in my registration" button.
Disclaimer: The COMPASS Exam can only be taken every 3 years unless it is a retest. If you take the COMPASS Exam 3 times within 3 years, those scores will not be used for placement purposes.
We do not send out a confirmation of your scheduled exam. Please make note of your test date.
 

Questions? E-mail testing_center@daltonstate.edu.

Dalton State, 650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720
706.272.4436 • 1.800.829.4436 • www.daltonstate.edu