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Compass Testing

  • Admission application must be on file
  • NSCC Students: Walk-in testing available Monday–Friday
  • NSCC Students: Saturday testing available by appointment only on select dates. Click here to make your appointment.
  • Photo I.D./Driver’s License Required
  • ESL students take the Michigan Test for Reading and Writing. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), ESL Coordinator, 615-353-3068, Room D-9. More information regarding ESL at www.nscc.edu/admissions/esl.
  • ESL students take the ACT COMPASS for Math in the Testing Center, Room S-217.
  • Non-NSCC students who take the ACT COMPASS test will be charged $25 and will schedule the test through their home institution with REMOTE COMPASS TESTING. Please contact your home institution to register for this test and then click here to register. Please call us at 615-353-3564 if you have any questions.
  • Please make sure to check the Testing Center Hours listed below before coming to take your exam.
  • Compass Sample Test Questions: Click here
  • Compass Challenge Test: Click here for Math
  • Learning Support Math Information: Click here

COMPASS Preparation

You will need to take the COMPASS placement test for math/writing placement. Since the results of this test will affect the length of time it takes to earn your degree, it is crucial that you prepare for this test.

  • To become familiar with the types of questions on the COMPASS, go to the ACT website: www.act.org/compass/sample
  • There are practice tests available in the Learning Express Library database, one of the Tennessee Electronic databases (free to all Tennesseans): tntel.tnsos.org
    • From the TEL homepage, choose Test Prep.
    • Your first time in, you will need to create an account. You can use any user name and password.
    • Type in COMPASS in the search box.
  • The Learning Center hosts COMPASS preparation workshops. Check the Learning Center website or call the Learning Center (615-353-3551) for more information.

Remote COMPASS Assessment

Register to take the REMOTE COMPASS placement test at NSCC for admission to a different institution: For students that are taking the COMPASS placement for a different institution than Nashville State Community College, click here and choose Remote COMPASS. Please be sure to contact your institution to have them set the test up for you. Nashville State Community College charges a $25 fee for this service.

Instructions to take the REMOTE COMPASS placement test at a different institution for NSCC admission: Read Remote COMPASS Assessment Directions below. These directions are for students that are taking the the COMPASS placement at a different institution for admission to Nashville State Community College.

Remote COMPASS Assessment Directions

Send an email to the Nashville State Community College Testing Center at testingcenter@nscc.edu. Please include the following information in your email:

  1. Full Name
  2. ZIP Code
  3. Nashville State ID Number (A#)
  4. Telephone Number

* If you do not know your Nashville State ID Number, please provide your date of birth in your email so we can verify your testing requirements before we start the process of locating testing centers. *

When we receive your email containing the information listed above, we will look up the closest testing centers based on the ZIP code you provided. You will be notified of these testing center options via email, so please use an easily accessible email address. Further instructions will be included in the email response from the Testing Center. If you have not received an email from the Nashville State Community College Testing Center within a week, please call the Testing Center at 615-353-3564 or 615-353-3565 to ensure your email request was received.

Please Note: You must submit an application to Nashville State Community College before you can be registered to take a remote COMPASS Assessment. Also, please be aware you will be responsible for any fees associated with testing at a center outside of Nashville State Community College.

Reminder: NSCC students can test free of charge at the Nashville State Community College Testing Center (Non-NSCC students who take the ACT COMPASS test will be charged $25). If you decide you would like to test at NSCC, please review the COMPASS information at the top of this page.

Fall 2015 Testing Center Hours

In-between semester hours (Aug 10–Sept 4):

  • Mon–Thurs: 8:00 AM–5:30 PM
  • Fri: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM
Regular semester hours (Sept 8–Dec 10):
  • Mon–Thurs: 8:00 AM–7:30 PM
  • Fri: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM
  • Sat: 9:00 AM–2:00 PM (by appointment only)
Dates the Testing Center is CLOSED or close at 4:30 PM:
  • Sat, Aug 15: CLOSED
  • Sat, Aug 22: CLOSED
  • Sat, Aug 29: CLOSED
  • Sat, Sept 5: CLOSED
  • Mon, Sept 7 (Labor Day): CLOSED
  • Mon, Oct 12 (Fall Break): Close at 4:30 PM
  • Tues, Oct 13 (Fall Break): Close at 4:30 PM
  • Wed, Nov 25: Close at 4:30 PM
  • Thurs, Nov 26 (Thanksgiving): CLOSED
  • Fri, Nov 27: CLOSED
  • Sat, Nov 28: CLOSED
  • Sat, Dec 12: CLOSED
  • Sat, Dec 19: CLOSED
In-between semester hours (Dec 11–Jan 1):
  • Mon–Fri: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM
  • Fri, Dec 25–Fri, Jan 1: CLOSED

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