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Placement Exams

K-State Salina requires all fully admitted incoming students to submit an ACT or SAT score. Provisionally admitted and high school students whom have not taken the ACT or SAT must complete a COMPASS exam. COMPASS exam scores help advisors recommend the best place to start with fundamental subjects such as Math and English courses. This requirement helps ensure that students have the appropriate skills for success in their K-State courses. Students who have taken the ACT or SAT but feel their scores are not representative can take a placement test.

Non K-State students and high school students can schedule a placement exam with the Testing Center. Please contact your institution to verify the type of COMPASS Exam that is required.

To schedule a Placement Exam: 

Step 1: Complete the Schedule an Exam form.

Step 2: Non-KSU students pay the $10.00 administrative fee. The administrative fee can be paid by credit card or cash on the day of your exam. 

Step 3: Request special accommodations, if applicable. If you have a learning or physical disability that would prevent you from taking a COMPASS exam under standard conditions, you may request special accommodations. Arrange to take the exam on either a regularly scheduled test date or at a specially scheduled administration. For details, please contact the Testing Center at 785-826-2958 or

Placement Scores

ACT English Score (or equivalent placement test)


ACT Score

Course Recommendation

84 and up

20 and Up

ENGL 100 Expository Writing 1

83 and under

19 and Under

ENGL 080 Developmental English


EDCEP 111 University Experience 

ACT Math Score (or equivalent placement test)


ACT Score

 Course Recommendation

62 and up

24 and Up

MATH 100 College Algebra

50 to 61

22 to 23

MATH 100 College Algebra

MATH 020 College Algebra with Review

49 and under

21 and Under

MATH 010 Intermediate Algebra

MATH 011 Intermediate Algebra with Review


EDCEP 111 University Experience