As you are probably aware, exiting
Learning Support requires you to not only successfully
complete all class assignments, but also to pass the COMPASS
exit exam for your particular subject area. If you pay attention
in class, complete assignments and attend regularly, you should
have no problems passing the exit portion of the COMPASS at
the end of the semester.
The following are some rules of taking
the exit COMPASS to which all Learning Support students
- During the exit COMPASS,
you are not allowed to have any materials on your desk.
All books, papers, pens, etc. must be placed on the floor
unless otherwise directed by your instructor. The COMPASS
allows you to look at passages and problems as many times
as needed to successfully answer exam questions without
penalizing your score. Failure to comply with this rule
could get you to be asked to leave the COMPASS testing session
without finishing the test.
- You must respect the testing
environment by remaining as quiet as possible.
When it comes test-taking time, we all need it quiet. It's
easy to sometimes forget when we finish a test that our
neighbors are still working. For that reason, any talking
during the exam is strictly prohibited. NO
CELL PHONES, BEEPERS, ETC. ARE ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM
If you complete the exam before your classmates, remember
to remain quiet. Don't discuss whether you passed or failed
with a classmate or anyone else. You must leave as quietly
as possible. Because a quiet, calm, testing site is the
only fair avenue for administering a test of this magnitude,
this policy will be strictly enforced.
- Do not exit the COMPASS
test before the instructor has viewed your grade!
Upon finishing the exam, a blue screen will appear,
prompting you that it's time to compute your score. You
are to raise your hand to quietly alert the instructor when
this occurs. The instructor must view your score before
you exit the score screen. You will not be allowed a re-test
if you exit this screen before calling the instructor.
- COMPASS retests are available
on a case-by-case basis ONLY! If you fail
your first attempt at the COMPASS, you may
be allowed ONE AND ONLY ONE retest. This is subject to
the instructor's discretion and is based on your overall
class performance. Students facing three year academic
suspensions and on their last chance to pass Reading, English
and/or Math 099 may be approved for third attempts. However,
if they are, their names will be submitted to the instructor
by the department head prior to the first round of testing.
The instructor, if needed, will notify those students who
qualify under this exception.
- Technical problems with
computers will be investigated! Rarely,
there are times when the computer will take the COMPASS
off the student's screen. If this happens, do not touch
the machine. Raise your hand to notify the instructor.
Even less frequent are times when the instructor must re-boot
the machine to resume your COMPASS testing. However, if
the machine is re-booted, your COMPASS test will resume
in progress where you left off. If the computer doesn't
allow the instructor to restart your current test, it generally
means the student has taken the COMPASS off-screen after
receiving an unfavorable score. So to prevent any appearances
of improprieties, computer center technicians will be asked
to investigate such computer problems. As the system logs
your score each time you take the COMPASS, "hidden" scores
will be brought to the instructor's attention and will count
as a COMPASS attempt by the student. However, in the extremely
unlikely event of a system failure, the student will be
eligible for a retest with the instructor on a subsequent
day, at a mutually agreeable time. These guidelines
are in place for your protection and to ensure you do the
very best job on your COMPASS exam.
These guidelines will be introduced at the first of the
semester and also reviewed near the end of the semester,
before the COMPASS is administered.