What is the Compass Exam?

The College Placement Exam, COMPASS, is a computerized placement exam that tests reading, writing, and math skills. COMPASS exam requirements are determined by the SAT Critical Reading and Math scores or ACT English and Math scores, in addition to, meeting the 4 Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) units in English and Math. As of Summer semester 2012 and beyond, the COMPASS is used as an entrance exam to determine admissibility to East Georgia State College. Students are required to take the COMPASS placement exam prior to P.A.W.S. New Student Orientation in order to determine specific requirements for remediation in Reading, English, and Mathematics in addition to admissibility. The Office of Admissions offers the exam to students Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm, no appointment is necessary. 

If you are a student that needs accommodations on our COMPASS Exam or have an IEP, you will need to coordinate these accommodations with the Counseling and Disability Services Office at (478) 289-2039.

We can accept equivalent COMPASS scores from any USG, COC-accredited, and non-COC-accredited TCSG institutions; however we are unable to accept the Pre-Algebra section as it not an equivalent to the Algebra Section. Any student that has tested at an institution other than East Georgia State College will need to have those scores forwarded to the Admissions office.

Students who wish to take the Compass for another institution or for POST-certification will be required to pay a $25 fee and will be tested on an as-available basis after students for EGSC have been tested.

Measure or Score Recommended Maximum “Age”
SAT/ACT 7 years from date of administration
HSGPA 5 years from date of graduation
COMPASS 1 year from date of administration

Exemption Information

Incoming freshmen are required to take the exam, unless they can exempt due to entering ACT or SAT scores and the completion of the 4 Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) units of English and the 4 Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) units of Math. The exemption scores are as follows:

    SAT Critical Reading score ≥ 430 or ACT English ≥ 17
    SAT Math score ≥ 400 or ACT Math ≥ 17
    GHSGT-ELA Score ≥ 235
          (2010-2012 graduates; Satisfies only the Writing and Reading Compass sections)

Please submit SAT scores via College Board or submit your ACT scores via ACT for evaluation directly using the codes shown below.

ACT school code – 0799 (to receive test scores via mail as we are unable to receive electronically)
SAT school code – 5200 (to receive test scores via mail as we are unable to receive electronically)

COMPASS Score Information

East Georgia State College has established minimum COMPASS Entrance scores in each subject area.  Students must meet an exempting score in at least one area and score at least a minimum score in the other two areas.*

*Students who have a calculated high school GPA below 2.00 OR have earned a GED diploma, must exit TWO subject areas as they will be considered for Presidential Acceptance.

COMPASS Subject Minimum Score Exempting Score
Algebra 20 37
Writing 32 60
Reading 62 74

Compass Score Ranges

Writing  Student required to enroll in the following course:
32-44 (Writing) AND 62-67 (Reading) ENGL 0989: Foundations of Composition I
45-59 (Writing) AND 62-67 (Reading) ENGL 0989: Foundations of Composition I
32-44 (Writing) AND 68-73 (Reading) ENGL 0989: Foundations of Composition I
60+ (Writing) AND 62-67 (Reading) ENGL 0989: Foundations of Composition I
32-44(Writing) AND 74+ (Reading) ENGL 0989: Foundations of Composition I
45-59 (Writing) AND 68-73 (Reading) ENGL 1101 Composition I with ENGL 0999 Support for Composition I
45-59 (Writing) AND 74+ (Reading) ENGL 1101 Composition I with ENGL 0999 Support for Composition I
60+ (Writing) AND 68-73 (Reading) ENGL 1101 Composition I with ENGL 0999 Support for Composition I
60+ (Writing) AND 74+ (Reading) ENGL 1101


Algebra    Student required to enroll in the following course:
20-24 MATH 0989: Foundations of College Algebra
25-36 MATH 1111 College Algebra with MATH 0999 Support for College Algebra
MATH 1001 Quantitative Skills and Reasoning with
MATH 0997 Support for Quantitative Skills and Reasoning (for non-STEM majors only)
37+ MATH 1111 or MATH 1000 or MATH 1113

Testing Instructions

  1. Students must bring a Photo ID to the test. Without a photo id, you will not be allowed to test.
  2. Cell phones are NOT allowed in the testing lab.
  3. Students are strongly encouraged to practice prior to taking the exam but using the practice links on the right.
  4. Personal calculators are not permitted. EGSC provides a basic calculator and there is a calculator built into the test for you to use.
  5. This test is computerized and not timed.
  6. There is no cost for this test if the student has applied for admission to EGSC. There is a $25 fee if the student is not an EGSC applicant.
  7. Children are not allowed in the testing room and cannot be left alone outside of the area.

Retesting Policy

  1. Students currently enrolled in Learning Support classes are not eligible to retest as registering for classes will immediately eliminate the retest option — no exceptions.
  2. The retest must be taken before the Admission deadline date for that term.
  3. Students may retest once without showing proof of remediation. After the second attempt, students must show proof of remediation to be eligible for a third and final attempt
  4. Students must wait at least one week between exam and retest to allow for remediation.
  5. Students who have tested three times and have not obtained acceptable scores are allowed a 4th attempt after they have completed at least 20 hours of remediation.
  6. A $15 retest fee is assessed — regardless of the number of subject areas taken.
  7. The retest fee may be paid at the Business Office at the Swainsboro campus and receipt must be shown in order to verify testing.

Remote Testing

Live outside of the EGSC area? Students who are unable to test at the Swainsboro office are able to take the exam at a COMPASS Internet Remote Testing Site of their choosing. With the Remote Testing Option, you can quickly and conveniently arrange to have your COMPASS exam administered from accredited COMPASS testing centers across the country. Please be aware that each institution charges a fee for this service which the student will be responsible for. Simply search for a test site in your area and contact the Office of Student Affairs with the site of your choice in order to get registered for the exam. Upon completion, students will obtain a copy of their scores and their scores are electronically downloaded within 72 hours.

Testing is also available at our Statesboro and Augusta locations, by appointment ONLY with prior approval from the main office.

Contact Us

Office of Student Affairs
131 College Circle
Swainsboro Georgia 30401
Email us
Phone: (478) 289-2169
Fax: (478) 289-2353