Testing and Assessment Lab
135C Eldridge Hall in the Center for Student Success
This lab does not test those students who are taking courses online through eTROY. All eTROY students should contact the eTROY office to set up the date, time, and location that placement exams can be completed. To reach the eTROY office, please contact 334-670-5876 or 334-808-6275.
Hours of Operation:
The testing lab is open daily from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
COMPASS placement exams are given daily, starting at 8:00 a.m.
The Testing and Assessment Center (TAC), located in the Center for Student Success, is responsible for providing students with a testing environment where tests can be administered accurately and securely. Students may report to the TAC to take their COMPASS Placement test and other assessments geared around first-year students. The COMPASS Placement computerized tests are for students to identify the appropriate starting level for English and Math courses. After a student completes the COMPASS test, he/she will be provided a score report with his/her appropriate course requirement listed. General assessment is done on a walk-in basis; therefore, during normal office hours, students may come to have placement test done at their leisure. A photo or valid student ID is required.
NOTE: Students will need to know their TROY Student ID number when coming to take exams. This can be found on student's schedule accessed through Trojan Web Express or on their Trojan ID card.
What is the purpose of the COMPASS?
COMPASS is a series of basic skills assessments completed on a computer. Developed by American College Testing (ACT), COMPASS stands for Computer-adapted Placement Assessment and Support Services. This assessment allows you and your advisor to work together to help you be successful. COMPASS scores indicate academic areas where you are strong, as well as academic areas where you are not as strong.
The COMPASS Placement Test has two purposes. First, it checks whether students have the skills to succeed in college-level courses. Second, it helps to place students in whatever courses they are ready for, either college-level courses or courses to prepare them for college-level courses. COMPASS assesses the kinds of skills needed for success in college. COMPASS tests your academic preparation in three areas: writing, reading comprehension, and mathematics. You do not PASS or FAIL the COMPASS test; it only determines your current skill level in the area(s) tested so that you can be placed appropriately.
COMPASS is an untimed, computerized test that helps evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses. You will receive your COMPASS test results immediately upon completion of testing, and your score report will include placement messages informing you what courses you should take and how to register.
When do I take the COMPASS exam?
Placement test for current students can be completed daily. Please contact the placement office to set up a testing time.
Placement testing for future students who will begin in the Fall semester is done during IMPACT (new student orientation) or last chance orientation. For students that will begin during the Spring or Summer semesters placement testing is done at new student orientation day, this date is set by the Admissions Office.
135B Eldridge Hall