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COMPASS®/English as a Second Language (ESL) Test

One government issue photo ID is required for all testing.

Announcement: Effective, May 28, the Union Avenue Campus Testing Center will administer the COMPASS® test by appointment only. Please visit AdvisorTrac to schedule a COMPASS® test on the Union Avenue Campus. If you are not a Southwest student or do not have access to a computer, contact the Testing Center at 901-333-4170 to schedule an appointment.

Note: An Online Admissions Application must be submitted five (5) business days prior to testing.

COMPASS® is a computerized placement test design to assess the student's level of preparedness in reading, writing and mathematics. There is no charge for the COMPASS® test. The COMPASS® test is administered continuously throughout the semester.


The Testing Center will follow the testing schedule shown in the table below.

Day Macon Cove Campus
Monday No testing available
Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-Noon

Note: To schedule a COMPASS®/ESL test on the Union Avenue Campus please visit Advisor Trac.

There is no time limit on the COMPASS® test. The average person will complete the entire test (reading, writing and math) in three (3) hours.

Students who must take the COMPASS®/ESL test are:

In order to prepare for the COMPASS® Test, please view the COMPASS® Sample Test Questions.