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Q & A

 1. What is the COMPASS Placement test?

A computerized adaptive test required of applicants who do not meet compass placement exemptions.
Scores determine:

  • Acceptance of Admission to Darton if minimum acceptable scores are earned
  • Placement into or exemption from Learning Support classes if scores are above required minimums


 2. What is on the test?

Reading, writing/English (with grammar), and algebra. You are not required to write an essay; you will find and correct errors on a test essay.


 3. What scores are required to be admitted?



 4. Should I study before I test?

Absolutely. Serious study produces higher scores than no study at all. Suggested preparation links are available at http://www.darton.edu/current/testing/links.php.


 5. How many times can I take the COMPASS Placement Test?

If you are required to test, you are allowed two attempts. Attempts at other schools may be counted. More information is available at http://www.darton.edu/current/testing/retest.php.


 6. How can I exempt the Placement Test?

The answer depends on:

  • SAT or ACT scores if earned and when earned
  • Scores on the English Language Arts section of the Georgia High School Graduation Test
  • Whether or not you graduated with a college preparatory diploma
  • When you graduated from high school
  • Whether or not or when you attended another college

If you are returning to Darton, Records will advise you of your test requirements.
If you are an applicant for first time admission to Darton, the Admissions Office will advise you of your test requirements.
Carefully read communications from either office.
Further information is available at http://www.darton.edu/current/testing/exempt.php


 7. Where can I test?

Testing may be arranged:

  • closer to your home
  • out of state
  • at the Cordele campus
  • at the Albany campus

If you are an applicant and have been advised of which parts of the test you should take, begin test registration. No matter where you live, click on the large yellow Placement Test Register Now icon at http://www.darton.edu/current/testing/compass.php. Information and links on each screen are important. Testing staff will contact applicants who fill out the Remote & Off-Camus Placement Request Form. Be sure to enter all phone numbers.


 8. I have other questions. Where can I find more information?

Scroll down at http://www.darton.edu/current/testing/compass.php.


 9. Any Words of Advice?

  • Your first step to becoming a Darton student is to submit your application for admission months before you wish to begin.
  • If information is mailed to you, read it.
  • If you are a returning student, immediately contact the Records Office at 229-317-6742.
  • Save yourself some time. Look for information at www.darton.edu. A search box is in the upper right corner.
  • If you are still in high school, take your studies seriously.
  • Do not delay any steps required to become a Darton student.


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The Testing Center department is responsible for the information on this page.
For questions regarding content, or for further information, please contact Email: Debbie Beaty
Testing Coordinator
Building G, Room 101
(229) 317-6735.

Last Update: October 5, 2016 11:52 AM

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