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Dual Enrollment students must have valid PLAN ACT, PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores before they can register for classes. The required cutoff scores for PLAN ACT, PSAT, SAT, or ACT are the same and are outlined here. PLAN and PSAT scores are only accepted for juniors who have not completed an official SAT or ACT  test.

The COMPASS test is only available to students whose ACT scores do not meet the required cutoffs. COMPASS is a free computer based test with three sections, writing, reading, and mathematics. All sections are untimed. Score reports are generated for students upon completing the test. Students only take sections of the COMPASS as needed. For example, if a student’s ACT reading scores is below the required minimum then that student only takes the reading section of the COMPASS.

The required COMPASS scores are found below.
Minimum scores to take General Education classes:

English           77
Reading          83
Math              38 and above

Minimum scores to take Career Tech classes:
English           33
Reading          58
Math              16

Students need to bring the following items with them to the COMPASS test:
Photo ID
Pellissippi State student ID number
Calculator (not a TI89 or TI 92) if taking math section

Before signing up, you must complete a Pellissippi State application and have taken a national ACT test.

To sign up for the COMPASS test, call 694.6400.

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