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Placement Testing

COMPASS and ASSET Test Information

Students with physical or learning disabilities who require special test accommodations should call the Placement Testing Office at (518) 629-7255 OR TDD (518) 629-7596.

COMPASS Test Information

COMPASS is an adaptive computerized testing program. This means that the test is taken on a computer and "adapts" to the student's ability to answer the questions. You will test in three areas: Writing, Reading, and Mathematics. The Mathematics portion consists of Pre-Algebra and Algebra concepts.

Although there is no time limit, most students will take 1.5-2 hours to complete the test. If a student has not completed the test within three hours he/she may be asked to return on another day to complete the test. If you feel you may need more than three hours, contact the Testing Office. Please plan accordingly.

A Typical COMPASS Test Day

  • You will complete an online Educational Planning Form designed to gather information about your educational background and career goals.
  • You will take the COMPASS Placement Test to assess your educational strengths and weaknesses and to determine appropriate course placement.
  • You will be given departmental information specific to your program of choice regarding scheduling an appointment with an advisor to choose your first semester courses.
  • You will be given an Academic Advisement Guide to help you with the enrollment process and to introduce you to several of the college’s key academic support services.

ASSET Test Information

Although COMPASS is our primary method of testing, we do utilize ASSET for corporate testing contracts and students testing with accommodations. 

ASSET is a timed, paper-pencil test.  You will test in four areas: Writing, Reading, Numerical Skills and Elementary Algebra. The test itself takes 2-1/2 hours to complete.

A Typical ASSET Test Day

  • You will complete an Educational Planning Form designed to gather information about your educational background and career goals.
  • You will take the ASSET Placement Test to assess your educational strengths and weaknesses and to determine appropriate course placement.
  • You will be given departmental information specific to your program of choice regarding scheduling an appointment with an advisor to choose your first semester courses.
  • You will be given an Academic Advisement Guide to help you with the enrollment process and to introduce you to several of the college’s key academic support services.