Admissions Testing for Non-Traditional Applicants
Online registration for COMPASS on this site is for non-traditional applicants to GSU, only. You will need to use your Panther ID number, not your SSN, for registration. Click on the Admissions Status link, and fill in the requested information. If your application submission is very recent, your number may not be available.

Please call the Office of Admissions at 404-413-2500 for assistance.

COMPASS for non-traditional applicants to Georgia State may be taken only twice, with a minimum of 90 days between test dates. If applicants do not achieve the minimum requirements in those two attempts, they will have to wait five years in order to be eligible to re-apply as a non-traditional applicant. If you have questions about taking COMPASS  for non-traditional entrance to Georgia State, please contact Louvenia Stokes at 404-413-1736.

COMPASS assessments include Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. The number of sections an applicant is required to take is determined by the Admissions Office upon review of application and transcript material.

On Test Day:
Candidates are to bring one valid, government-issued, photo-bearing form of identification such as a driver’s license, passport, permanent resident, state or military identification card.

To Register for the Test
Applicants must register online for a testing appointment. A Panther ID number issued from GSU is required for online registration. The testing fee of $28.00 is payable at the time of registration. The testing fee is non-refundable and non-transferable (i.e., if you cannot attend on the date for which you registered, your fee will not be refunded;  nor can your registration date cannot be transferred once the appointment is confirmed).

Carefully read the information below before registering for the test.  If you are not an applicant to GSU, and register at this online site, your fee will not be refunded.

Upcoming test dates:
February  2015

Thursday,    Feb 19 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

March     2015

Friday,   Mar 6 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Monday, Mar 23 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Registration is available at the following site: The Georgia State University Counseling and Testing Center. When registering, remember to use your Panther ID number assigned by Georgia State, not a social security number.

Frequently Asked Questions: What are the tests like?
The test questions are multiple choice and will be administered by a computer. You answer one question at a time and you cannot return to a previous question.  Sections typically contain 12-15 questions.  Preceding each section the computer will provide a set of instructions describing the test format and information on how to navigate through the test.

Question: How long will the test take?
The tests are NOT timed. The time will vary from person to person based on the number of sections a person takes, the number of questions per section, and how long a person takes to responds to the questions. Most students will finish in about 30-45 minutes per area.  Sessions beginning at 9 a.m. will be terminated no later than 12:45 p.m.; sessions beginning at 1 p.m. will be terminated no later than 4:45 p.m. Appointments for completion may be made, if necessary.

Question: How soon will I get my results?
COMPASS scores are submitted to the Admissions Department at the end of each month.  Admissions will require some time to merge the scores with other application data and to evaluate the files. Applicants will be notified in writing of the admission decision sometime during the month following submission of their scores.

Question: Should I bring a calculator?
How about pencil and paper?
No. You will be provided with pencil/paper and the test screen allows you access to an on-screen calculator for the mathematics section.

Question: What level of Mathematics is included on the test?
The questions will start at the Algebra level. If most questions are answered correctly, the test may continue with additional questions in the College Algebra and Geometry level. If the applicant is admitted, the score from the Mathematics section will also be used for placement purposes.

Question: How do I prepare for the test?
Go to ACT Compass to view some sample questions for each of the three sections. Practicing with a Windows calculator may give you confidence in using the online calculator during the mathematics section. An alternative site for assistance with math preparation may be found at PurpleMath.

Testing for Another Institution or Organization: If you wish to take COMPASS for another institution, contact your school to find out whether they allow Remote Testing for COMPASS, and follow the instructions on your confirmation notice. The $28 fee (payable by check or money order, only) for testing at Georgia State will be paid at the time that you come to test. If your school does not offer Remote Testing, or if you need to take COMPASS for employment purposes, you may take it as an individually proctored exam, by appointment. The proctor fee is $20.00 per hour or portion of an hour.  Appointments for those tests may be arranged by calling 404-413-1738.
Please also see information located at Distance Learning.