Taking the COMPASS test

The COMPASS test is an entrance/placement exam administered to prospective students by EMCC's Counseling Center. The COMPASS test evaluates students' abilities in reading, writing and math. Results are used to place students in academic or career-technical programs to maximize success.

COMPASS TestStudents over 21 can take either the ACT or the COMPASS test to satisfy the entrance exam requirement. Students under 21 who have already taken the ACT, but are not satisfied with their scores, can take the COMPASS test instead of re-taking the ACT.

And, if you want to prepare by trying some sample questions, visit this link: COMPASS practice

Pre-registration is required:

There is a $20 fee. To make payment arrangements, contact the EMCC Business Office:



East Mississippi Community College
Opportunity Happens Here

  • On-Site Classes
    Spring Full Semester
    Register by Jan. 5
    First day of classes Jan. 8
  • Online Classes
    Spring Full Semester
    Register by Jan. 12
    First day of classes Jan. 16