Reading Placement

The Reading Placement Test can help determine if students have the skills to succeed in standard entry-level college courses or if they need developmental reading courses or other instructional support.

Five types of reading comprehension passages are included:

  • Practical Reading
  • Prose Fiction
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences

Items have multiple-choice response options. The new format in COMPASS® for Windows makes it possible for students to see and read a passage on one side of the screen while the test questions and answer choices are displayed on the other half of the screen.

View a small sample of nonsecure test items for:

The reading diagnostic section includes reading comprehension, vocabulary, and reader profile components.