Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

ACT and COMPASS Tests Letter


Dear parent,

In an effort to make you, the parent, more aware of the value of placement testing; we have gathered the following information for your consideration. We realize the task of preparing a young adult for the high school to college transition is not an easy one and placement testing preparation is such an advantage for your child.

The American College Testing Program (ACT) measures students’ progressive development of knowledge and skills in the same academic areas from grades 8 through 12. Therefore, the scores from these three programs can help educators monitor students’ academic growth over time. The College Readiness Standards serve as a direct link between what students have learned and what they are ready to learn next. More than 40¬†years of research has shown that performance on the ACT is directly related to first-year college grade point average. http://www.actstudent.org/index.html

The Computer-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) is an untimed, computerized test that helps your college evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses. COMPASS offers tests in reading, writing, math, writing essay, and English as a Second Language (ESL). You will receive your COMPASS test results immediately upon completion of testing, and your score report will include placement messages informing you what courses you should take and how to register. COMPASS is not used like a traditional test. There is generally no “passing score.” Rather, COMPASS scores indicate areas in which you are strong and areas in which you may need help. Therefore, COMPASS can identify problems in major subject areas before they disrupt your educational progress, giving you the opportunity to prepare more effectively for needed courses. You and your institution can use scores from COMPASS tests to prepare a course of study that will be appropriate, relevant, and meaningful for you. http://www.act.org/compass/¬†

We hope this introductory information will be of help, and encourage you to contact us!

Tammy Goodwin