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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

Every Monday, from May 18, 2015 – August 17, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., the Learning Lab will open Lab D (Room A-200D) for students preparing for the COMPASS. Students are encouraged to come and work on SkillsTutor, an online resource with questions related to the subject matter on the COMPASS. (Workshop schedule, PDF format)

There is no sign-up necessary. Math and English tutors will be available to assist students during the open lab period. Students can arrive at any time during the four-hour period and stay for as long as they like.

If you need a SkillsTutor account, please e-mail


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 (1 min. 46 sec.)

COMPASS Math Placement Exam Preparation Part 1 (4 min. 55 sec.)

COMPASS Math Placement Exam Preparation Part 2 (5 min. 2 sec.)

COMPASS Reading Placement Exam (3 min. 36 sec.)

COMPASS Writing Placement Exam (3 min. 46 sec.)

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