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Old 06-07-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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Greetings all!
Seems like things in my world are taking an upswing. woo hoo! The wonderful man and i have been tossing around the idea of him starting his college career for a while, but we knew we needed to take care of full time employment for him, then a reliable auto for him, debt payoff, etc....well, it seems we've done well keeping to our budget the past few quarters, plus he managed to find work (two part time and one full time! when it rains, it pours, i guess) our next step will be securing him some transportation, but once that is taken care of, we want to get him started on his undergrad.
when i attended both southwest as a highschool senior and then u of memphis to finish out my course of study, the only "placement" test i had to take was the ACT. we have learned that for adults the placement test is something called the compass test. so far, the u of m has only been able to provide us with the fees and instructions on how to go about scheduling to sit for the exam. we asked if there were any study classes for the compass or guides and were told the u of m doesn't offer anything like that, we would have to locate outside sources.
a trip to the movie theater bookstar netted us nothing..not even one book relating to the compass test. we've googled and found several resources that look promising. however, i'd like to hear about any one's personal experience with taking this test in Memphis. Did you purchase a study guide? Was it useful or a waste of money? Did you attend a study group or prep class?
We are aware this test is just placement, to determine if you'll need to take the pre course classes in subjects like english and math. since he has been out of school for so long, we kind of expect to get hit with at least one 'area needs work'. however, we'd like to avoid having to spend the time and money on extra classes just to get ready to take the class needed for a degree credit, if possible.
I'd love to hear your experiences with the compass test, adult returning education here in memphis, or any other relevant things.
(and although not 100% certain yet, he is currently interested in fields of study that would result in a career path towards being a park ranger or other nature job, but i'm not ruling out music business as he already has experience in venue management and recording...plus, u of m doesn't seem to offer as much in the forrestry type industries and i don't want to move to starkville...we figure start with the compass, then work on the basics required everywhere for every field of study...the rest of it can be decided much later. i changed my degree path three times!)

Thanks for any input on the subject!!
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:28 PM
 
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This might not even be relevant to you, but I can tell you my experience.

I took the compass test a couple years ago (in Michigan). It's computerized, takes roughly an hour and is stupid easy. It asks you to read a story then summarize it, as well as fixing some grammar in a few sentences and doing some algebra. I assume that the highest you can get is 100 on the test (although I don't know for sure) in reading, writing and algebra. My scores were 90 in reading/writing and 70 in algebra (I am very math stupid and was very shocked to get a score that high). I should also add that I had been out of high school for about 6 years. I was able to go right into classes that apply toward my degree with no problem.

I'm hoping that I never have to waste my time like that again. Good luck!
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:58 AM
 
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awesome! that's what i really wanted to know..if this was something he needs to put a lot of prep time into or if it is stupid easy. thanks!
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:31 AM
 
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I don't know anything about the test, but a hearty GOOD LUCK and BEST WISHES to you and yours. Sounds like things are going in the right direction for you guys.
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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i dont think the compass is worth stressing over! i took it before i started college in 2003. i didnt study for it at all. its just a computerized preplacement test to see how well you can read and comprehend a couple of stories, proof reading & grammar, math, and maybe a scientific reasoning section.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:55 AM
 
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Thanks! I know it is nothing to stress over, I've taken so many tests and exams in the course of my life I feel like the scantron corp owes me some royalities!
I just really want him to do well so we don't have to pay for a bunch of 'back' classes to get him ready for the courses that are actually useful credits. I'm more worried about the math for him. Despite the fact that he is doing carpentry work for a living and is an excellent cook, he thinks he isn't any good at math. I've tried to get him to see math is all around us, but I just end up sounding like an algebra hippie. =(
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Memphis
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Thanks for posting this! I am 30 and enrolled in college for the Fall for the first time in my life. I have been TERRIFIED of the Compass test! I am glad to know it's not worth stressing over, makes me feel so much better!
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