At Heartland Community College, we are committed to helping students succeed. A large part of student success is beginning your studies at an appropriate level. The purpose of Heartland's assessment process is to ensure that students are prepared for the courses they need to achieve their goals.
The Basic Skills Assessment includes placement tests in writing, reading, and mathematics. The results of these tests place you at the appropriate level of coursework. We want you to have the best possible opportunity to succeed both in the classes you take and in the degree or program you pursue. The results are available upon test completion and are not used to determine admission to the college.
Before you take the placement test, we urge you to carefully review the sample math, reading and writing questions. These will help you become familiar with the style of questions and will give you an opportunity to practice answering questions and solving problems.
ACT subscores in English, Reading, and Math may be used for placement if the ACT was taken within the past three years.
Heartland uses a computer-adaptive testing system from American College Testing called COMPASS. Although testing is done on a computer, computer expertise is not required. Directions are clearly stated and help is always available. The tests are adaptive, which means that questions are selected based on responses to previous questions. Since the tests are highly individualized and tailored to the student's level, the tests are shorter than traditional paper and pencil tests.
There is no time limit and testers are encouraged to work carefully at their own pace. Most students complete testing in two to two and a half hours, but some testers require considerably more time. Students may take all three tests at one sitting or split them into different sessions.
By appointment, assessments take place in the Assessment Center, Student Commons Building Room 2001. To make an appointment, log into your myHeartland account and click on the Appointments tab.
College N.O.W. students who are taking courses on Heartland's campus (i.e. Homeschool students, U-High students, etc.) should register for an assessment appointment (if applicable) through this web page.
College N.O.W. students taking college-level courses at your high school location should not register for an assessment appointment through this webpage. If you have applied to be a College N.O.W. student who is assessing for dual credit/dual enrollment courses offered at your high school or career center during your daily schedule, the following link will redirect you to the College N.O.W. Assessment Schedule for partnering high schools.
Each test (writing, reading, and math) can be taken twice. Students must wait a minimum of one day before retesting in reading and math. The retest for writing can be retaken the same day and requires a 300 word writing sample. Writing sample results are available in 1-2 weeks.
You may contact us by email or phone if you have further questions about assessment.Normal Campus
Email: Sharon Mackinson
Phone: (815) 842-6777
To become familiar with the style of questions, we encourage you to practice answering sample questions in reading, writing and math. This will give you an opportunity to practice answering questions and solving problems.Reading
Compass results are available immediately, and you will receive a copy of your scores when you finish testing. To request access to previous scores, please submit the Score Release Form to our Assessment Center and contact email@example.com with any questions.