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Entrance Testing

In order to be successful in college-level courses, students must have adequate foundational knowledge and skills. Pellissippi State provides refresher courses in reading, English and math to assist students in developing college-level skills in each of these areas. Students are placed into these courses based on the results of entrance testing.

New students must submit valid ACT/SAT scores. If students do not have ACT/SAT scores, students will take a COMPASS test.

**Valid test scores have been earned within 3 years prior to the first day of class of the student's entering term.

ACT Minimum College Level Scores
English            18
Reading          19
Mathematics    19

SAT Minimum College Level Scores
(English & Reading taken from critical reading score.)

English              450
Reading            460
Mathematics      460

COMPASS Minimum College Level Scores
Writing            77
Reading          83
Mathematics    38

What is the COMPASS Test?

The COMPASS test is a computer based test that is administered to help the college determine if you are on college level or if you need to take the Placement Test. The test is not a pass/fail test. It is a tool used to assess your current skills. The COMPASS test assesses your skills in writing, reading, and mathematics.

COMPASS Sample Test Questions

What is the Placement Test?

The Placement Test is used to help the college accurately place you into your classes so that you will be successful at Pellissippi State.

Placement Test Review

Who needs to take the COMPASS Test?

Those who are 21 years of age or older and do not have transfer credit in English or math or those who do not have valid ACT/SAT scores.

Who needs to take the Placement Test?

Those who score below college level on the ACT/SAT or COMPASS Test. Refer to scores above.

How long is the test?

All parts of the COMPASS test are untimed. Most students can complete the Compass test in about 2 hours.
The Placement tests vary. The writing portion is a 30 minute timed essay, reading and math portions are untimed.

What do I need for the test?

Photo ID
Pellissippi State student ID number
Calculator (not a TI89 or TI 92)

When is the test offered?

We offer the test by appointment and walk-in.

If you have spoken with someone at the Information Center to obtain the password required to make your appointment please click on the link below to make your Entrance Test appointment.

However, if you have not called 865-694-6400 to speak with the Information Center to determine which test you need to take, please do so as soon as you can to obtain the information and password you need to register for the test.

Sign-up for Entrance Test

If you choose to do walk-in testing please call 865-694-6400 to receive instructions on how to attend the walk-in sessions. Below are the dates and times for walk-in testing.

Walk-in testing is available on November 20th, December 11th and 18th beginning 5:30 p.m. and no later 6:30 p.m.

***Students who may need testing accommodations, please contact Services for Students With Disabilities at 865-539-1753.