Guidelines for Required Assessment


Assessment requirements: Testing Center website

DMACC requires assessment of all new full-time students in order to provide information about students’ academic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Assessment information is then used in course selection, course planning, and math placement. Assessment for part-time students is not required but strongly encouraged. Once admitted, part-time students wishing to take a math class are required to take ALEKS math as a math placement requirement.

    *Assessment scores used for admission purposes must be (5) years old or less from the test date.

    *You must meet all assessment entry requirements before your application to DMACC can be accepted.


  1. Complete the COMPASS test and ALEKS placement assessment. COMPASS is made up of two tests: reading and writing. ALEKS is a separate online assessment available through the DMACC WebInfo System and may be completed off campus anywhere internet access is available or at any of the DMACC Computer Labs.
  2. Submit official ACT scores in reading, writing, and math. All ACT scores must be sent.
  3. Complete COMPASS reading and writing tests and submit ACT math scores.
  4. Provide evidence of successful college experience in math, reading, and writing course work.
Writing: Grade of C or higher in a college-level writing course
Reading: Grade of C or higher in 6 hours of college-level academic course work such as psychology, sociology, economics, etc., and/or vocational technical course work requiring comparable reading skills
Math: Grade of C or higher in a college-level mathematics course


New students who fill out a DMACC application for admission and indicate that English is not their native language may need to take the ESL COMPASS. ESL COMPASS is made up of four tests: Grammar/Usage, Reading, Listening, and Math. ESL students who submit ACT scores and do not score a 19 or above in any one area will be required to take the equivalent ESL Compass assessment unless they can show evidence of successful college experience.

The ESL Test in COMPASS will be waived for students who submit an ACT score. (All ACT scores must be sent.)

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