COMPASS Exams

COMPASS is the computerized reading, writing, and math placement exam at NIC. No previous computer experience is necessary. The Testing Center will provide a calculator, scratch paper and pencil.

You must apply for admission to North Idaho College before testing. Appointments are necessary to test.

  • First-time COMPASS - please click here to schedule your appointment.
  • COMPASS retest - please call Advising Services at 208-769-7821 for a re-testing authorization.
  • COMPASS for another school - please call your school first and arrange for a remote COMPASS test registration. Then call us at (208) 676-7203 or (208) 676-7207 for an appointment. Please do not sign up online.
  • Dual Credit COMPASS retest - the Dual Credit Coordinator, your NIC Advisor, or your high school counselor may approve retesting. Students must bring a signed Retest Authorization form with them in order to be allowed to retest. Students will be assessed a $10 retest fee to be paid by cash or check (payable to North Idaho College) at the time of the test.

A Photo ID Must Be Presented Before Testing!

  • You will be given an instruction sheet with your Student ID # on it. Center staff will go over all instructions and assist in getting you started.
  • There is no time limit for the COMPASS test. You may take as much time as you need; it will not affect your scores in any way. If you do not finish in one sitting, the test session can be suspended and you can return to finish within 30 days. The average testing time is one to 1.5 hours, however, individual times will vary.
  • It is your responsibility to know which part of the COMPASS test you need to take. If you are not taking the entire test, contacting an advisor prior to the test is the best way to determine what is appropriate for you.
  • The math test will start at the Algebra level and the program will move up or down the scale depending on your answers. 
  • The COMPASS test is interactive in that the difficulty of the questions progresses automatically based on the accuracy of your responses, i.e.: correct responses will result in more difficult problems.
  • You will receive your test scores immediately after completing the test.
  • Sample tests can be found at www.varsitytutors.com/practice-testswww.act.org/compass and www.testprepreview.com. Study items for the math portion can be found at www.aaamath.com, www.purplemath.com.

Online Practice Tests for COMPASS

Follow these directions for access to practice tests:

  1. Go to http://www.longsdalepub.com/compass/. You will be directed to a Web page welcoming you to the COMPASS Online Course and Practice Tests.
  2. Click on the "Register NEW Account" button. You will need to register using the following information:
                                                       School Number: 59884
                                                       School Key: nicsuccess
  3. After entering this information, the next screen to appear will requie you to enter an email address and your first and last name into the spaces provided. The ID number field is optional.
  4. When you have completed the registration process, you will be issued a user name and password. Since you will be asked to enter your user name and password each time you login, it is important that you keep a copy in a safe place.