At the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, we offer the Compass test, which is an assessment of student’s current skill level in math, reading, and writing. 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 Compass 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, Compass 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 Compass placement test may help improve placement results. More information about Compass preparation can be found at on the UAFS Testing Center website.

Testing Center Hours

The UAFS Testing Center is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment necessary. For more information about taking the Compass, please call the Testing Center at 479-788-7682.

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