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).
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, 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.
If you would like to test at our other Campuses please schedule an appointment:
Please visit one of our COMPASS test study guides