The ASSET is a college placement test. The COMPASS is simply the computer version. These tests help you and your school work together to identify your strengths as well as the knowledge and skills you will need in order to succeed in specific subject areas. These tests help your school guide you toward classes that strengthen and build logically upon your current knowledge and skills.
Who needs to take it? Both tests are primarily for students planning to attend a technical or 2-year college, but if you plan to do Move On When Ready at Georgia Northwestern, you need to take the ASSET. The test is usually given both at MHS and at the College & Career Academy each fall and spring. See Mrs. Wear or Mrs. Lansdell for more information.
How are ASSET scores used? ASSET is not used like a traditional test. There is generally no "passing score." Rather, ASSET scores indicate areas in which you are strong and areas in which you may need help. Thus, ASSET can identify problems in major subject areas before they disrupt your educational progress, giving you the opportunity to prepare more effectively for needed courses. You and your institution can use scores from ASSET tests to prepare a course of study that will be appropriate, relevant, and meaningful for you.
How can I arrange to take the COMPASS test? Most institutions give COMPASS during orientation to incoming freshmen who have already applied and been admitted to the school. Some institutions may require you to take one or more of the COMPASS tests before enrolling in a particular program or course. Talk to your advisor, counselor, or Office of Student Services to determine the requirements and recommendations of your institution. STUDY GUIDE
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