Placement Exams
for New Students



COMPASS Admissions/Placement and Exit Exams

The purpose of the COMPASS test is to determine the individual skill level and readiness in English, reading and math. Because students enter college with different skill levels, this test may determine placement in the appropriate course(s) as students begin their chosen curriculum.

All students interested in attending Savannah State University must submit a completed Application for Admission to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Students might be required to complete COMPASS placement testing in one or more areas: English, reading and mathematics (algebra). The COMPASS scores determine acceptance to Savannah State University and/or placement in college courses. Placement testing is offered several times throughout each semester and during registration. All SSU applicants who have a "PENDING COMPASS" notation on their application status for admission may register for the COMPASS Test: Call the Testing Office (912) 358-4487 or REGISTER ONLINE.  Applicants who have not received authorization to take the test as per their admission status should not register for this test until a review of application has been completed by the Office of Admission 912.358.4338.


All sections of the test are untimed. It takes approximately thre (3) hours to complete all parts of the test. The use of a calculator is permitted on the math test only. Students may prepare for the COMPASS test by purchasing a practice guide, Chart Your Success on the COMPASS by Callahan, Commander, and Cotter (available at local and national bookstores). WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE COMPASS? See the COMPASS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

SCHEDULE YOUR COMPASS TEST TODAY (Use one of the options below)


TAKE THE COMPASS AT A LOCATION NEAR YOU: If you live outside the Savannah area and are required (check your application status) to take the COMPASS Test as a part of your application for acceptance to Savannah State University please review the instructions on HOW TO REGISTER FOR A COMPASS REMOTE TEST LOCATION NEAR YOU. 

TAKE THE COMPASS AT SSU (Savannah) : If you live in or are traveling to the Savannah area and are required (check your application status) to take the COMPASS Test as a part of your application for acceptance to Savannah State University please review the instructions on HOW TO REGISTER TO TAKE THE COMPASS AT SSU.

COMPASS Passing Score Requirements

The minimum passing score for the COMPASS Test:

COMPASS TEST

MINIMUM PASSING SCORES

English

60

Reading

74

Math (Algebra)

37

As a courtsey we have provided some great websites for your Test Preparation and Test Strategies that you may use as you prepare for this important test. You are welcome to use any other resource you may have available to refresh your skills in the areas needed.

 

COMPASS for Non-SSU Students

COMPASS Testing is offered to non-SSU or students wishing to attend another college or university.  To schedule a test session, non-SSU students must present a "registration number" provided by their home institution or an "official signed letter" (on letterhead) giving the student permission to test at Savannah State University. The letter should provide the tests needed and deadline for testing. 

The COMPASS Test administration is $30 and may be paid in cash or money order (payable to Savannah State University) at the "Cashier's Office" window in Hill Hall (1st floor) prior to the scheduled test session. You must print and complete the Test Registration Form and take it, along with your test administration fee, to the Cashier's Office window to process payment prior to test day.  You may also pay by credit card. On the day of testing bring the receipt of payment, completed Test Registration Form and photo identification to the Testing Office.  Examinees that do not show receipt of payment will not be allowed to test.

Scores may vary across institutions. Non-SSU students must discuss score results with their home institution. 

Chemistry Placement Exam

The American Chemical Society's Toledo Chemistry Placement Exam (TCPE) is a paper-based departmental exam in which all science majors (including Engineering Technology and Math) must take prior to initial course registration. The purpose of the exam is to evaluate a student's background knowledge in chemistry and mathematics as to ensure that the student is adequately prepared for success in CHEM 1211, Principles of Chemistry I or CHEM 1115 Chemical Calculations. The test consists of three parts (20 items each): general mathematics (up to college algebra), general chemical knowledge and specific chemical knowledge. The score results of the test will determine appropriate placement in a chemistry course. The test is timed for 55 minutes. Students are permitted to use a non-programmable calculator. Please contact the Testing Office for test dates at 912.358.4487 or email at testing@savannahstate.edu.

OTHER EXAMS

MFT Biology


The Major Field Test in Biology is timed, computer-based departmental exam in which students majoring in the field of Biology must take as instructed by course professor or department.  The MFT Biology Test consists of 150 multiple-choice questions, a number of which are grouped in sets and based on descriptions of laboratory and field situations, diagrams or experimental results. Some of the questions within each of the major areas are designed to test analytical skills. For more information about test description/or content, sample test questions, please visit the MFT BIOLOGY official website.



Credit by Exam

    • CLEP : The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is designed to allow students the opportunity to receive credit for college classes through examination only. Savannah State University will accept up to 15 semester hours of core curriculum classes through the CLEP program. Please visit www.collegeboard.com/clep for more information. The total fee for the CLEP test is $92.00 This amount includes two separate payments.
    • DSST : The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) is designed to allow non-Savannah State University students and military personnel to receive credit for college classes through examination utilizing non-traditional ways of education through on the job training, self-study, and other life experiences. Please visit www.getcollegecredit.com for more information. The total fee for the DANTES test is $95.00. This amount includes two separate payments.

 

College Entrance Exams

    • ACT: Savannah State University is an official testing center for the American College Testing Program (ACT) college entrance exam. For information on ACT test dates, registration, available testing centers, fees and study guides visit the ACT website at www.act.org.
    • SAT: Savannah State University serves as an official testing center for the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) college entrance exam. For information on SAT test dates, registration, available testing centers, fees and study guides visit the SAT website at www.collegeboard.com.
    • LSAT: Savannah State University serves as an official testing center for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) college entrance exam. For information on LSAT test dates, registration, available testing centers, fees and study guides visit the LSAT website at www.lsat.org.
    • GRE : The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is an official graduate admissions exam.  For information on GRE test dates, registrations, available testing centers, fees and study guides, visit the GRE website at www.gre.org.
    • GMAT :  The Graduate Management Test (GMAT) is an official computer-adaptive standardized test for admissions to graduate business studies. For information on GMAT test dates, registrations, available testing centers, fees and study guides, visit the GMAT website at www.gmat.com.

Legislative Exams


Legislative exams offered at Savannah State University are for SSU students only. These tests are given to students who have not satisfied Georgia legislative requirements needed for graduation. Examples of students needing to complete this exam are students who satisfied their requirements through CLEP testing as well as students who have satisfied their History and Political Science requirements outside the University System of Georgia.

Students may take a legislative exam to fulfill Georgia requirements in lieu of retaking a credit course if:

  • they have private or out-of-state Constitution transfer credit for POLS 1101, American Government; or they have private or out-of-state History transfer credit for HIST 2110, Themes in US History; HIST 2111, Survey of US History to 1877; or HIST 2112, Survey of US History since Reconstruction, or
  • they have received CLEP credit for either POLS 1101, HIST 2111, or HIST 2112

TEST RESERVATIONS
Students are required to make reservations for testing by calling 912-358-4487, emailing us at testing@savannahstate.edu or by visiting Whiting Hall, room 247/261.

PREPARING FOR THE EXAM
The study materials for the Legislative Exams listed below are available in the Savannah State University Library or the Testing Office (Whiting Hall, room 247/261) upon availability. The textbooks are also available at local and national bookstores:

 

TEST

REQUIREMENT

STUDY MATERIALS

 

Georgia History

 

HIST 2111 and HIST 2112

 

Georgia Odyssey by James C. Cobb

 

Georgia Government/Constitution

 

POLS 1101

Georgia State Politics by Lee M. Allen & Richard T. Saeger.

100-Item Questionnaire (Testing Office only)


Special Accommodations for Testing/ADA

Students who have a documented disability (learning disability, ADD, psychological disorder, acquired brain injury, pervasive developmental disorder, sensory, medical or mobility impairment) may be eligible to receive appropriate reasonable test accommodations on standardized tests and in classes. If you would like to receive test accommodations contact Amelia Castilian-Moore in the Counseling and Disabilities Office in the King-Frazier Complex, room 233.  You may also call her at (912) 358-3115 or email at moorea@savannahstate.edu at least two (2) weeks prior to the test date.  Students who choose to take the test without accommodations may not petition to retest based on a lack of disability accommodations.