** Fall Enrollment will open at 1:00pm, Tuesday, April 21. Students can schedule an appointment for enrollment with Advising at 620-223-2700 ext. 3630.

FSCC Placement Tests

FSCC is committed to providing a positive educational environment for all students. The Compass placement test is a self-directed, computerized assessment which evaluates a student on their reading comprehension, writing, and math abilities. This test was developed by the American College Testing (ACT) Program to measure the level of basic skills in reading, writing, and math.

All first-time, full-time students enrolled in 12 hours, or more, and all part-time students who have completed six hours or more, take the Compass test. To ensure that all students have the greatest possible chance of success in college, Fort Scott Community College requires that all students whose Compass test scores indicate such a need, first complete developmental courses before enrolling in regular college courses in English, math, and reading. Students who have scored a 21 or better on the English portion and the math portion of the ACE, do not have to take the Compass test.

Placement Test Equivalency Guide

June 2013


Pre-Algebra Num Skills Arithmetic
0-21   0-30   0-63   Math Skills
22-50   31-44   64-119   Elementary Algebra
51-100   45-55   -   Inter Algebra w/rev
Algebra   Elem Alg   Elem Alg    
0-19   0-30   0-40   Elementary Algebra
Algebra   Int Alg   Algebra    
20-30   31-38   31-64   Inter Algebra w/rev
31-49   39-44   65-97   Intermediate Algebra
50-100   45-55   98-119   College Algebra
ACT   SAT      
21 or above 990 or above (Math & Reading)   College Algebra


0-37   0-35   0-59   Reading & Writing I
38-60   36-43   60-85   Reading & Writing II
61-69   -   -   English 101 w/Review
70-100   44-54   86-120   English 101
ACT   SAT      
21 or above 490 or above (Writing)   English 101
0-50   0-39   0-65   Reading & Writing I
51-70   -   -   Reading & Writing Strategies II
71-80   -   -   English 101 w/Review
81-100   40-53   66-116   English 101
References: "ACT-SAT Concordance", ACT and College Board. "Advising Course Placement Chart", Jefferson College, Hillsboro, MO.  "ASSET-COMPASS-ACCUPLACER-CELSA Placement Chart", Maricopa Community College, Mesa, AZ. "Correlation Between Various Placement Instruments...", Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College, Mount Gay, WV.

Testing Locations:

Testing services are available at the FSCC main campus in Fort Scott, KS, the PEC Center in Pittsburg, KS, or the Miami County Campus in Paola, KS. There is no appointment needed to take the Compass test. Testing is available during regular business hours. For large groups wanting to test, please contact the Mill for scheduling.

  • FSCC Mill – 2108 S. Horton, Fort Scott, KS 620-223-2700 ext 4300
  • PEC Center – 813 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 620-231-3690
  • Miami Campus – 501 Hospital Drive, Paola, KS. 913-294-4178

Test Length:

The Compass test is not timed, but examinees should allow approximately two hours for completing the test. Calculators are provided for the mathematics portion of the test.


Students may take the Compass test twice for free. After the second time, students who wish to improve their scores by taking all or a part of the Compass test will be charged $5.00.

Transferring Scores:

Compass scores from an exam taken at another institution can be transferred to FSCC (provided that they were taken within two years). Scores from another institution can be converted to FSCC placement levels.

Remote Testing:

Compass testing can also be taken “remotely” at a local college or university, provided that the college has the capability for remote testing with ACT. Remote testing requires scheduling with the Mill. Some colleges/universities charge a fee for remote testing.

Test Preparation:

You prepare for the Compass testing by reviewing the practice material on the website .

For More Information

For additional questions, please contact the Mill 620-223-2700 ext 4300.

Page Last Updated On 1/30/2012