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Student Success Center

Placement Tests

Contact us at 618-545-3160

All students must submit either ACT scores or COMPASS® Test scores prior to being eligible to enroll in an English or math course. Kaskaskia College accepts the ACT scores taken as part of the Prairie State Tests. Any new student who has not taken the ACT and who plans to enroll will be required to take the COMPASS® test prior to enrolling in English Composition 101 or any math course. The COMPASS® test and/or the ACT are also required for students seeking admission to special admission programs. There is no fee for the COMPASS® test, and tests are administered on the main campus as well as the Education Centers throughout the district.

To make an appointment to take the COMPASS test at the main campus please call the Student Success Center at 618-545-3160. The Success Center is located in L-109 just outside of the Library.

Appointments are available Monday through Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Interim and Summer hours are subject to change.

Compass Cut-off score sheet PDF Link

COMPASS ® testing is available at each of the Education Centers by appointment.

Greenville Center 618.664.9394
Nashville Center 618.327.9136
Salem Center 618.548.9001
Trenton Center 618.224.2666
Vandalia Center 618.283.1780

To be eligible for federal or state student financial aid programs, students who have not received a high school diploma or passed a HEC test must take on Ability to Benefit Test before receiving financial aid. An Ability to Benefit Test passed with a certain score demonstrates students' abilities to benefit from their chosen programs of study. The COMPASS® test is the Ability to Benefit Test at Kaskaskia College.

Students who are pursuing either the Associate in Arts degree or the Associate in Science degree must complete the Kaskaskia College geometry requirements prior to graduation. Students must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  1. Successfully completed one year of high school geometry (or Saxon Math)
  2. Successfully completed one semester of geometry at another college; or
  3. ACT math score of greater than 22
  4. COMPASS ® score of Algebra Domain 66-99 or College Algebra Domain of 0-45 or higher
  5. Completion of MATH 100 with a D or higher.

Please check with an academic advisor if you have any questions.


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