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The COMPASS Test for Admission to CSU

COMPASS tests in reading, writing, and math (algebra) are required of certain students for admission to CSU and scores will determine if you are eligible for admission. If you are admitted on your COMPASS scores, the scores will then determine placement into Learning Support or college-level courses. Because this is an admissions test, you are strongly encouraged to prepare before taking COMPASS.  Students will be permitted to retest one time, for a total of two attempts on the test. Details on retesting will be provided after initial testing.

The math test will cover algebra. Click here for a list of acceptable calculators for use on the math test.

We recommend the following free websites to help you prepare for COMPASS:


b)  This is the official COMPASS web page. You can click on Reading, Writing Skills, and Mathematics for details and sample questions.

Test fee: $25, regardless of the number of COMPASS tests you need. NOTE: The request to take Compass must be communicated to you by the Office of Admissions. Do not schedule an appointment unless you have been asked to take the test.

If Admissions has asked you to take Compass, click the Book Now! below to schedule your appointment and choose The COMPASS Test for Admission to CSU from the dropdown menu.

                                Do you live outside of the Columbus area?

Please click here to learn how you can take COMPASS remotely at a location near you. 

Before you schedule an appointment to take the COMPASS Test, make sure that you have been notified by your admissions counselor that you are required to take this test for admission to CSU. 

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To have your COMPASS scores sent to other schools:

If you took COMPASS at CSU and wish to have your scores sent to another school, we charge $5 for a transcript. You must provide us with the fax number or address of the school or institution and we will send the transcript.