Placement Testing/Compass

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Take this online survey to find out if you need to take any kind of placement (COMPASS) testing at MCC.

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Placement (COMPASS)


What is the COMPASS Placement Test?

Placement testing helps you know where to begin your college studies. Testing is required in English, reading and math for most student and must be completed prior to enrollment. 


This test will assess your current skill level in reading, writing, and mathematics and will determine which courses in these areas you should start out in to help ensure student success.

You can refresh your skills and find sample questions by visiting the following websites:

Where and When?

Compass placement testing is available on a walk-in basis during regular test center office hours at all MCC Test Centers. 

  • Allow 1 ½ to 2 hours to complete all 3 sections
  • All testing is stopped 15 minutes prior to office closing hours    
  • The Compass placement test is not timed.
What you need?
  • You must have applied to MCC and have a MCC student ID number
  • You must bring a valid government-issued photo ID
Not sure if you need placement testing?

Fill out the online Testing Survey to find out if you need any kind of testing.

If you do need to test, follow these steps:

1.    Apply for admission several days before testing to obtain a student ID.

2.    If you have taken the ACT test, bring an official copy of your scores when you come to test or have scores sent to our Student Data Center:

      Metropolitan Community College
      Student Data Center
     3200 Broadway
     Kansas City, Mo. 64111

3.    If you have earned college credit, have your college transcript to the address above and take a copy to advising for review.

4.  Know your student ID number and/or Social Security Number.

5. A valid government-issued photo ID is required for all testing .

6. Allow at least two hours to take the test.

7. Personal calculators are allowed. For a list of calculators that are not allowed and other details , please visit

8. The first Compass test is free charge, even if done on different dates. The cost to retest for any one section or the full test package is $25.   If Compass was taken through a high school, it may be taken one more time at no cost.  ( See Compass Re-Test Policy for full details.)

Last Modified: 7/23/14