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 the COMPASS test in one or more areas: English, reading and mathematics (algebra).

The COMPASS score results will be one factor in determining acceptance to Savannah State University and/or placement in college courses. COMPASS testing is offered several times throughout each semester. This test is only offered to SSU applicants who have a "PENDING COMPASS" notation on their application status for admission.  Students who have the "PENDING COMPASS" status may register for the COMPASS Test using the online registration system: REGISTER ONLINE.  Applicants who do not reside in the Savannah area may contact the Testing Office to get a "test registration number" to test at a location near their home area by calling the testing Office by telephone 912.358.4487 or email  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 or

All sections of the test are untimed. It takes approximately three (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 QUESTIONSAs a courtesy 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.


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 to take the COMPASS Test (check your application status) 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:







Math (Algebra)



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 fee is $30. To register for the COMPASS Test for another college or university please REGISTER ONLINE and complete your payment of test fees. On the day of testing bring the test registration confirmation/receipt of payment 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.