Testing Services

Testing Services

COMPASS

The Computer-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) is a system used to assist students by gathering information about their educational needs and plans and measuring their skills in areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. COMPASS communicates this information to Arkansas State University – Newport to assist us in advising and placing students into appropriate course levels that match their skills. There is a COMPASS testing fee that must be paid prior to taking the assessment.

  • Exams are available in 3 college-level introductory subjects: Reading Placement; Math Placement and Writing Placement
  • ASUN uses COMPASS scores to place students into appropriate college-credit courses or developmental courses.
  • COMPASS is administered on computer and exams are available year-round.
  • The tests are untimed.
  • Score reports are available immediately upon completion of the exam. Candidates know immediately how they performed. This information determines course selection when scheduling classes.
  • Tests are given promptly at 1:00 pm on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Fridays of the month

Calculators are allowed during the COMPASS assessment. Practice tests are available through the ASUN website.

Nursing Entrance Test (TEAS V)

The TEAS V (Nurse Entrance Test) is a computer based test consisting of six parts: math skills, reading comprehension, test taking skills, stress level, social interaction, and learning style. The TEAS V test is given in the Library Computer Lab in Walton Hall. The TEAS V test is scheduled on 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays at 9:00 am February 1st through May 31st. There is a testing fee that must be paid prior to testing. Calculators are not allowed during the test.

Kuder

The Kuder consists of three possible assessments: Career Search with Person Match, Skills Assessment, and the Work Values Inventory Assessment. A person can take any or all three types of assessments.

The Career Search with Person Match Inventory assessment consists of 60 triads of forced choice questions and is completed in approximately 20 minutes. The report displays career clusters ranked by how closely they match the assessment taker’s interests. Clicking on a cluster name provides a description of the cluster and avenues for further exploration. Career Search with Person Match Report also includes the unique Person Match feature which compares assessment results to a database of nearly 2,000 working adults who are happy in their career choices and have completed the Kuder Career Search assessment. Career sketches are provided for those individuals in the database who scored most similarly to the assessment taker.

The Skills Assessment is a self-estimate of one’s abilities to perform work-related tasks. It consists of 90 multiple choice questions. Results are presented in rank order of career cluster preference.

Super’s Work Values Inventory identifies which work characteristics are most important to the assessment taker. The inventory consists of 72 multiple choice questions. The report for the work values assessment displays 12 work-related characteristics in rank order of preference.

Kuder is given by appointment only.

WorkKeys

WorkKeys consists of three different timed computerized tests: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information tests.  Each test contains multiple-choice items followed by five possible answers from which you are to choose the best one. The time limits, set for each WorkKeys test, give nearly everyone enough time to finish all the questions. There are five levels in the skill scale, ranging from Level 3, the least complex, to Level 7, the most complex each broken down according to the type of material covered.

Applied Mathematics is demonstrating skills in applying mathematical reasoning and problem-solving techniques to work-related problems. Solving mathematical problems in the workplace can differ from solving problems in the classroom. While the math skills needed are the same, mathematical problems in the workplace are not usually laid out neatly in a textbook format. Instead, the employee may be responsible for locating and identifying the necessary information (e.g., on a cash register, price tag, or catalog) and for knowing what to do with that information. There are five levels in the Applied Mathematics skill scale, ranging from Level 3, the least complex, to Level 7, the most complex. These levels were developed based on two main criteria: the types of mathematical operations employees must perform, and the form and order in which employees receive the information; that is, the presentation of the information. Calculators are allowed.

Reading for Information is demonstrating skills in reading and understanding work-related instructions and policies. Unlike reading and content-area texts, which are usually organized to make the reading easy to understand, workplace communication is not necessarily designed to be easy to read. It may even be poorly or unclearly written. There are five skill levels, from Level 3 to Level 7. Moving from Level 3 to Level 7, both the materials and the tasks become more complex.

Locating Information is demonstrating skills in dealing with workplace graphics such as charts, graphs, tables, forms, flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, maps, and instrument gauges. Workers use this skill when they find information in a graphic or add information to a graphic. They also use it when they compare, summarize, and analyze information found in related graphics. There are four skill levels, from Level 3 to Level 6. Both the materials and the tasks become more complex the higher the level.

WorkKeys is given promptly at 8:30 am on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month.

Certiport

The Certiport assessment has many different tests, within Microsoft. Examinees are given vouchers before they are allowed to test. All assessments are computerized and all have set time limits in which to complete the assessment. Candidates may retake the same exam once without restriction on the interval between exams. Candidates who wish to retake the exam a second or subsequent time, however, must wait a minimum of seven days before retaking the exam. Certiport assessments are by appointment only

Pre-test and Post-test assessments are given as part of the curriculum within the developmental education courses. The Pre-test consists of a Compass assessment, within the curricula field, including diagnostics. These diagnostic results allow the instructor to determine which areas the student needs remediated, and assignments are based upon those findings. The Post-test assessment is also the Compass assessment does not include diagnostics. The post-test merely illustrates the student is ready for the next curriculum level.

Testing Procedures

COMPASS

  • Go to the Admissions office. Be sure to bring picture ID.
  • Pay the fee to take the COMPASS. Fees should be paid at the Business office.
  • Bring photo ID and receipt to the Learning Resource Center before 1:00 pm on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Fridays of each month.
  • Take the COMPASS. This assessment is not timed.
  • Scores are sealed and sent immediately to the Admissions office.
  • Examinees are encouraged to bring their own calculator as long as it meets ACT guidelines.
  • Personal items are not permitted in the examination room
  • If COMPASS placement scores do not accurately reflect academic ability, an examiner has the ability to pay for and retake the COMPASS.

TEAS V

  • The TEAS V test is given: 1st, 3rd, and 5th Fridays at 9:00 am February 1st through May 31st.
  • Go to the Admissions office. Be sure to bring a picture ID.
  • Pay the fee to take the TEAS V. Fees should be paid at the Business office.
  • Bring photo ID and receipt to the Learning Resource Center before 8:45 am
  • Take the TEAS V. This assessment is timed.
  • Scores are sent upon request to the Nursing Department.
  • Calculators are not allowed.
  • Personal items are not permitted in the examination room
  • If TEAS V scores do not accurately reflect academic ability, an examiner has the option to retake the TEAS V twice per year it will be required to pay the fee again.

Kuder

  • Go to the Learning Resource Center. Be sure to bring a picture ID and arrive no later than 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • The Kuder is not timed.
  • Results are provided immediately.

WorkKeys

  • Go to the local Department of Workforce Services and register as a jobseeker.
  • Take the Key Train Assessment, you must score at least a Level 4.
  • Department of Workforce Services will send a referral to the Learning Resource Center.
  • Bring a photo ID to the Learning Resource Center. Test begins promptly at 8:00 am on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Fridays.
  • Take the WorkKeys assessment. This assessment is timed.
  • Scores are sealed and sent to the Department of Workforce Services immediately.
  • You are encouraged to bring your own calculator.

Certiport

  • Acquire a voucher.
  • Bring voucher and Photo ID to the Learning Resource Center. This test is given by appointment only.
  • Take the Certiport assessment. This assessment is timed.
  • Scores are available immediately upon completion of assessment.
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