Assessment FAQ

Q: What features are on the test?
A: The ACT COMPASS test system is a computerized, multiple choice placement test in Math, Reading, and Writing.

Q: When can I take the test?
A: The test may be taken by appointment only.  Call 530.251.8833 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00AM to 4:30PM to make an appointment.   

Q: What should I bring to the test?
A: Your photo I.D. and LCC Student I.D. number. An “approved” calculator is permitted. 

Q: Where is the test held?
At the Assessment Center: VT-103 in the Student Services Building.

Q: How long will the test last?
A: This is a self-paced test, the average time is approximately 1.5 - 2.00 hours. 

Q: How can I prepare for the test?
A: Preview practice tests are available at

  1. Click on: Get the free web based study app.
  2. Enter your email and create a password.
  3. Select "Classic Practice Tests" from the list, then click Save.
  4. Select a test to begin, Reading, Science, Elementary Algebra, or Arithmetic.
  5. Select the type of test: Learn As You Go, or Sample Test. The Learn As You Go test provides immediate feedback after each question is submitted and includes and explanation for the correct response. Use this version to review the test content areas and to prepare for the Sample Test version.

Q: What rules must be observed during the test?
A: No cell phones, only the use of an approved calculator.   

Q: When will I get my test results?
A: Immediately - at the conclusion of the test.    

Q: What do I do after I get my test results?
A: Go to counseling to make an orientation appointment and meet with a counselor.

Q: What if I need special accommodations during the test?
A: Notify the test administrator/proctor when making your test appointment.    

Q: May I repeat the test?
A: Yes, under certain circumstances.   

Q: What if I am not happy with my test results
Discuss with the test administrator and/or counselor.  

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