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COMPASS® placement test helps you succeed

The COMPASS placement test is designed to help determine which classes you should take as you start your studies at Cincinnati State.  It accurately places you into reading, writing, and math classes that are best suited for your abilities. The placement test is there to help ensure your success; it is not timed but may not be retaken for admission purposes.  There is also a short keyboarding test.

Testing must be completed before admission and registration, unless transfer credit makes you eligible for a test waiver.  It will take at least 5-10 business days for you to be admitted after you have submitted the last requirement in the admission process.  Your letter of admission will be sent to your College email account and mailed to the address listed on your application.

Testing details

For your convenience, applicants are individually tested on a drop-in basis, no reservation is required, and there is no charge for the test.  You should submit your application prior to testing.  Please be sure to bring photo ID. Allow approximately 11⁄2 hours for testing.  A calculator, pencil and paper are provided.  Testing is not offered on College holidays.  Group testing must be pre-arranged, please call 513-861-7700 for details.

Clifton Campus Testing:

COMPASS Testing is conducted in the Testing Center, room 176 in the Main Buidling.  Main campus parking is $5, sorry this is cash only.  Please park in the Central Parkway Parking Garage.

Monday and Tuesday
Wednesday- Friday First Saturday of the month (every Saturday in May and June)

8 am – 8 pm

8 am - 5 pm

8 am -  12 noon
(arrive no later than 6 pm)
(arrive no later than 2:30 pm) (arrive no later than 9:15 am)

Middletown CampusTesting:

COMPASS testing is available on our Middletown campus, located at:

1 North Main Street
Middletown OH 45042

(513) 217-3700

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

The first Saturday
of the month

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 5:00 pm  
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm 9 am - 12 pm
(arrive no later than 1:00 pm) (arrive no later than 3:00 pm)
(arrive no later than 6:00 pm) (arrive no later than 10)

Prepare for the COMPASS test

It is important to prepare for the test to ensure that you are placed in the right program sequence. This will help minimize the cost of your education in terms of time and money. You can prepare for the test by visiting the COMPASS website for sample questions. You may also find additional help with the math portion of the test at  To practice your typing skills go to

COMPASS Boot Camp preparation classes are available at the PTEC office. You must register to attend.
Pathway To Employment Center (PTEC)
1916 Central Pkwy. 45214 (Lower Level) *Parking is FREE
(513) 569-4135

Request to waive the COMPASS test

If you have successfully completed college level courses in mathematics, writing, or reading, you may submit a test waiver request. Cincinnati State does not accept SAT scores in place of the COMPASS test.  If you have taken the ACT achievement test within the last two years, you may be exempt from placement testing.  Submit a copy of your ACT scores to the Office of Admission via

Remote testing

If you do not live in the Greater Cincinnati area and need to take the COMPASS placement test to complete your application process, please contact the COMPASS lab at (513) 569-1569 to arrange remote testing.


Please contact the Testing Center at (513) 569-1569.

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Location & Hours

Office of Admission
Main Building
Room 181
(513) 861-7700 phone

8 am – 6:30 pm M–Th
8 am – 5 pm F

In addition, the Answer Center provides Office of Admission services from 8 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday.

Location & Hours

Office of Financial Aid
Main Building
Room 155
(513) 569-1530 phone
(513) 569-1469 fax

8 am – 6:30 pm M–Th
8 am – 5 pm F    Site Map    Accessibility    Privacy Statement    Glossary    Driving Directions    Campus Map    
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