At the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, we offer the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation tests, which are computer-based examinations to efficiently assess reading, writing, and math skill. This multiple-choice, computerized test is not timed, but is usually completed in two to three hours.
Why do students need to take the Compass test?
In accordance with Arkansas State Law, all students are required to furnish scores from either ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER or provide proof of completion of a college-level course with a grade of "C" or better in math and English. If a student scores below a 19 ACT in any of the ACT subsets, ACCUPLACER scores are needed to place that student in the appropriate level of math, reading, and writing.
Should students study for the Compass?
Studying for the ACCUPLACER placement tests may help improve placement results. More information about ACCUPLACER preparation can be found on the Gordon Kelley Academic Success Center website.
Testing Center Hours
The UAFS Academic Success Center (ASC) is open Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm, Monday to Thursday from 7:30am-8:00pm, and on Fridays from 7:30am-5:00pm. No appointment necessary. For more information about taking the ACCUPLACER, please call the ASC at 479-788-7675.