Step 5: take the compass placement Tests
Students are required to complete the Compass Placement Test in order to register for any of KCC's Math and English course. Watch the Compass Placement Test Orientation Video to familiarize yourself with the COMPASS Placement Test.
Tips to taking the COMPASS Placement Test:
It is not a pass or fail test, it is only a PLACEMENT TEST
The test is also FREE and not timed and the writing, reading, and math sections can be taken on separate days
Test re-takes cost $25 each; scores are good for two years; and we will honor the highest score
Get a good night's rest the day before, stay healthy, and dress comfortably.
Please don't take the test if you don't feel ready.
If you have taken foreign language or American Sign Language classes in high school, consider taking the Language Placement Test.
You could be placed in a more advance level and receive FREE back credits upon successful completion of your KCC foreign language or American Sign Language course. Comprehensive information on the Compass Placement Test can be found on our testing website.
If you need a brush up in math before taking the COMPASS Placement Test or if you completed the COMPASS Placement Test and think your placement is not accurate, contact KCC's Kuilei Outreach Program at 808-734-9399 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Math and English Course Descriptions
Please contact our Testing Center at 808.734.9144 or visit their website at http://www2.hawaii.edu/~kcctest for more information. You may also contact any KCC academic advisor/counselor if you have any questions about your scores and how they apply to your educational goals.
What was it like to take the placement tests?
“Pretty easy. Just follow the directions and you should get it done in no time.”
“Easy. When I heard about the test I got a little nervous because I was afraid of failing. But, the test itself is just to see what class to begin in; there is really no pass or fail. It's just a way to help students start on the right path.”
“It was okay. Don’t be nervous about it. It’s there to gauge your abilities. My advice is to brush up or study as much as you can so you don’t waste time and money taking basic courses that you already know.”