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Placement Exam Preparation

Henry Ford College students are required to take course placement tests in English and Mathematics called the COMPASS.

Students can save time and money by preparing before taking the course placement tests by possibly scoring high enough to avoid taking developmental classes they may not need. With preparation, research has shown that students are more likely to place in the highest level course they have the knowledge to pass. You are strongly encouraged to practice before taking the COMPASS.

The Learning Lab has resources for students preparing to take the COMPASS.

Drop-in COMPASS Prep Workshops

There is no sign-up necessary. Learning Lab staff, Math tutors, and English tutors are available daily to assist students in preparing for the course placement exam.

If you need a SkillsTutor account, please e-mail Nancy Papp, Lab Associate II at


COMPASS Handout (PDF file; information about interpreting your score, sample questions, and tips)

SkillsTutorHandout (PDF file; instructions on how to log-on to the MySkillsTutor website)

COMPASS Prep Videos

Click on the links below for short videos that will help you prepare. After the links to the short videos, you will see links to practice tests.

Introduction to the Compass Placement Exam

COMPASS Math Preparation

COMPASS Reading Preparation

COMPASS Writing Preparation

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