In accordance with Kentucky State Legislature, degree-seeking students who have not submitted ACT/SAT scores, or who have submitted ACT scores below 18 in English/Writing, 19 in Math, or 20 in Reading must take a Mandatory Placement Exam: COMPASS. The purpose of this exam is to place students in the developmental/transitional or collegiate-level course appropriate for their skills. COMPASS is an untimed test with three sections - math, reading and writing (we also offer ESL testing in Grammar, Reading and listening/Speaking).

Who can take the COMPASS placement test?

All BCTC new freshmen who have never attended college must have placement test scores. ACT/SAT scores will be accepted If ACT/SAT scores meet the requirements. If scores do not meet requirements, incoming freshmen must take the COMPASS test. You may schedule you COMPASS testing by visiting our online scheduling system - you received the link in your admissions packet.

Continuing, Readmit, and Transfer students may also take the COMPASS test if needed.

All BCTC Students: The first test is free, any time after that a $20 fee is to be paid. If a student does not place the first time, a second test will be given for free. If the student does not place after the 2nd time, we will refer the student to tutoring.

KCTCS Students: Due to limited testing space, any student testing for another KCTCS college outside of BCTC may test one time free if testing accommodations are available.

A PHOTO ID is required to take the test. Students are provided with a basic calculator, scrap paper and a pencil. NO personal items will be allowed into the testing room.

*NOTE: The Academic Advising and Assessment office at BCTC does not offer compass testing for students at other colleges outside of KCTCS.

Placement Reports

Students, please refer to our placement reports to determine if you need COMPASS testing or to see what classes you will be placed in according to you ACT or COMPASS test results.

Counselors, please refer to our counselor_placement report to determine placement and if testing is needed.

Walk-in COMPASS testing hours

  • Cooper & Leestown Campus
    Monday - Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Newtown Campus
    Monday - Thursday
    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Please check for upcoming closures or call 859-246-6220

If you would like to test at our other Campuses please schedule an appointment:

Danville (859) 246-6883
Lawrenceburg (859) 246-6804
Winchester (859) 246-6595

Need to study?

Please visit one of our COMPASS test study guides