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  • Welcome to Horry-Georgetown Technical College and The Start Right Experience. Congratulations on your decision to enroll here. We want you to be successful, so we will spend the next several minutes helping you learn more about the enrollment process and the College’s placement test: the COMPASS.
  • As you know, there are several very important steps required for admission to the College beyond your initial application. It is important for you to complete all steps in a timely fashion, so that the enrollment process will proceed smoothly for you. You have or will receive soon a copy of the steps in your admissions letter; the steps to admission are also available online and as a pamphlet in Admissions and your Student Information Center: WaveNet Central on campus. [Hand out new admissions pamphlet on the steps to enrollment.]
  • [show video now– for in person sessions]As you have learned from the introductory video, the COMPASS is…. a computer-based test that helps advisors place students into appropriate courses at HGTC. Some other information you should know include:- Easy to use and computer experience is not required, but recommended- Not timed however, on average, you can expect the average time to complete is 1 1/2 to 2 hours- This is not a pass/fail test but scores are used to help new student enrollment advisors select appropriate course placement for you*The COMPASS® test is required UNLESS exempted by Admissions*
  • Why is it important for you to do your BEST on the COMPASS?How well you do on the COMPASS® test will impact:Your expected graduation date – don’t delay your graduation! It will also impact which courses you will be placed in, as it will ensure your successful completion of academic program goals.How does course placement affect your expected graduation date?Lower scores on the test may involve your enrollment in non-degree-credit courses.Enrolling in non-degree credit courses means it will take you longer to complete your academic plan, increase your personal costs, and impact your expected graduation date.We encourage you to take the Compass Placement test seriously and start preparingNow! We are here to help you.Let’s begin to understand what you will be tested on and how you can prepare for the test.
  • What types of questions can you expect?There are three sections: Reading Skills, Writing Skills, and Math Skills. Reading SectionYou’ll read passages and answer questions about the content in the passage – this tests your reading comprehension skills.Writing SectionsWriting Skills – you’ll find and correct errors in essays presented on the computer screen to test your knowledge of writing skills.Writing Essay – you’ll be given a writing task to develop an essay, based on a statement or general Math SectionYou will be tested on a variety of math skills including: Numerical, pre-algebra, algebra, college algebra, geometry, trigonometry – do not worry about geometry and trigonometry if you have had no previous experience with these topics areas. The goal is to test you on the math skills you’ve learned so far. So, use some studying resources to help prep you and refresh you on math skills you’ve already learned.
  • So, now you know more about the COMPASS, let’s talk about reviewing the specific content on the COMPASS! We want you to be successful and encourage you to further review these resources on your own after this session.A great way to prepare is to access, review and study sample test questions. HGTC has created a COMPASS® Prep Guide for you with FREE resources! After this session, log onto this guide to:-Use the ACT COMPASS® site to read through sample test questions-Engage in free, interactive test questions-Utilize Free HGTC Library Learning Express tutorials-Access other COMPASS® Test Prep resourcesThe COMPASS Prep Guide provided by HGTC’s Student Information Center, WaveNet Central: http://libguides.hgtc.edu/compassprep[Hand out Compass PREP pamphlet.]
  • As you can see here, this sample Reading Passage for the COMPASS provides you with a basic paragraph in which you will need to read through in order to answer the questions that follow. For example, after reading through this passage earlier, I would attempt to practice by answering question 1. The correct answer is D for question 1. According to this passage, Cowboys are probably “strong and silent” because of D. there is no one nearby to listen to them, this is an answer you can get by re-reading the third sentence in the paragraph. If you would like to practice this further, this Reading example is from the ACT Compass organization, accessible on the COMPASS Prep guide.Answers:1. D2. BThese items are not actual items from COMPASS® but are similar in content and format. These items are presented for illustrative purposes and do not constitute a full representation of item content.
  • As you can see here, this sample Writing Skills Passage for the COMPASS provides you with one to two sentences or a small essay brief in which you will need to examine any corrections that should be made to the writing. For example, question 1 asks you to examine whether the bold segment “An increasing number of lakes and rivers…” should be corrected? The answer is A, which provides no change to the bold segment. If you would like to practice this further, this Reading example is from the ACT Compass Website, accessible on the COMPASS Prep guide.Answers:1. A2. B3. D4. EThese items are not actual items from COMPASS® but are similar in content and format. These items are presented for illustrative purposes and do not constitute a full representation of item content.
  • As you can see here, this sample Math Skills Passage for the COMPASS provides you with math questions to complete. For example, question 1 asks you to find the average of the numbers provided. After performing this calculation, I came up with 4.85, which in decimal form is answer C, 4 6/7. If you would like to practice this further, this math example is from the ACT Compass Website, accessible on the COMPASS Prep guide.Answers:1. C2. C3. A4. BThese items are not actual items from COMPASS® but are similar in content and format. These items are presented for illustrative purposes and do not constitute a full representation of item content.
  • Tips for Taking COMPASS® Test - Review the COMPASS questions and test practice tools before taking the test. Get comfortable with the content and using a computer.- Relax! The COMPASS test are designed to help you succeed in school. Your scores help you and your institution determine which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills. Once you identify your academic strengths and weaknesses, you can get the help you need to improve underdeveloped skills before they interfere with your learning.- Get plenty of rest, eat properly before the test, and arrive early. You will be able to concentrate better on the test if you get plenty of rest and eat properly before the test. You should also arrive a few minutes early so you can find the testing area, bathrooms, etc., and have time to gather your thoughts before the test begins.-Be sure you read and understand the directions for each test before that test session begins. Ask questions if you need to.-Read each question carefully until you understand what the question is asking. -Be sure to answer every item. You are not penalized for guessing. Your score will provide more useful placement information if you answer every item, even if you guess.-Don't be afraid to change an answer if you believe that your first choice was wrong.If you have a problem or question during the test, raise your hand and the test administrator or proctor will help you. Although they cannot answer test questions for you, they can help you with other types of problems.
  • Simply visit www.hgtc.edu/testing to register for the COMPASS or use the links provided to you after attending The Start Right Experience today.
  • Note some of the following regulations of the Testing Center:Schedule appointments 24 hours in advancePhoto ID requiredPersonal items not permitted in the testing area (book bags, purses, etc.)Scratch paper, pencils, and an online calculator are availableFood and drinks are not allowed in the Testing CentersChildren are not allowed to accompany students into the Testing Centers and may not be left unattended in the lobby or hallway while student is testing
  • We do provide support for students with disabilities, please connect with the appropriate campus by calling the phone numbers provided here:Conway campus (843) 349-5249Grand Strand campus (843) 477-2055Georgetown campus (843) 520-1403
  • All students attending in person must go to www.hgtc.edu/startright to complete the exit quiz and email their results.
  • The start right experience

    1. 1. Start Here. Start Now. Start Right at HGTC.
    2. 2. Your seven steps: 1. Submit your Application 2. Start the Financial Aid process 3. Submit all High School and other college transcripts 4. Submit Test Scores (SAT/ACT) or attend The Start Right Experience and register to take the COMPASS® 5. Complete any other additional Admission requirements 6. Meet with a New Student Enrollment Advisor to map out your academic plan, then register and pay for classes 7. Participation in Orientation, either in person or online If you have questions, call today! For questions about Admissions or Financial Aid, call 1-855-544- HGTC.
    3. 3. The COMPASS® Placement test is a computer-based test that helps advisors place students into appropriate courses at HGTC.  Easy to use  Computer experience is not required, but recommended  Not timed  Average time to complete: 1 1/2 or 2 hours  Not a pass/fail test  Results, available immediately, are used for advising to help select appropriate course placement
    4. 4.  How well you do on the COMPASS® test will impact:  Your expected graduation date.  Don’t delay your graduation!  How does course placement affect your expected graduation date?  Lower scores on the test may involve your enrollment in non-degree credit courses.  Enrolling in non-degree credit courses means it will take you longer to complete your academic plan, increase your personal costs, and lengthen your expected graduation date.  Start Now! We are here to help you.  Let’s begin to understand what you will be tested on and how you can prepare for the test.
    5. 5. There are three sections: Reading Skills, Writing Skills, and Math Skills.  Reading Section  You’ll read passages and answer questions about the content in the passage  Writing Sections  Writing Skills – you’ll find and correct errors in essays presented on the computer screen  Writing Essay – you’ll be given a writing task to develop an essay  Math Section  Numerical, pre-algebra, algebra  College algebra, geometry, trigonometry
    6. 6. HGTC has a COMPASS® Prep Guide for you! After this session, log onto this guide to:  Use the ACT COMPASS® site to read through sample test questions  Engage in free, interactive test questions  Utilize Free HGTC Library Learning Express tutorials  Access other COMPASS® Test Prep resources The COMPASS Prep Guide provided by HGTC’s Student Information Center, WaveNet Central: http://libguides.hgtc.edu/compassprep
    7. 7.  Prior to taking the test, use HGTCs COMPASS Prep Guide to help you practice, study and review for the test.  Relax!  Get plenty of rest, eat properly before the test, and arrive early.  Be sure you read and understand the directions for each test before that test session begins. Ask questions if you need to.  Read each question carefully until you understand what the question is asking.  Be sure to answer every item. You are not penalized for guessing. Your score will provide more useful placement information if you answer every item, even if you guess.  Don't be afraid to change an answer if you believe that your first choice was wrong. http://www.act.org/compass/student/tips.htm l
    8. 8. STEPS to Register for COMPASS® Visit the Testing Center Website. www.hgtc.edu/testing Follow the instructions on the website to sign up for an appointment to take the COMPASS. HGTC Testing Center Testing Times and Locations:  Conway Hours: Building 1100, Room 125 Monday & Tuesday: 9:00am., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday: 9:00 am., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. Friday: 9:00 a.m. Only  Georgetown Hours Building 100, Room 129 Testing days and times vary  Grand Strand Hours: Building 200, Room 101 Testing days and times vary
    9. 9.  Schedule appointments 24 hours in advance  Photo ID required  Personal items not permitted in the testing area (book bags, purses, etc.)  Scratch paper, pencils, and an online calculator are available  Food and drinks are not allowed in the Testing Centers  Children are not allowed to accompany students into the Testing Centers and may not be left unattended in the lobby or hallway while student is testing
    10. 10.  Placement testing is available in alternate formats for students with disabilities  Students requesting special accommodations for placement test should contact the Counselor for Students with Disabilities at the campus most convenient to you:  Conway Campus Building 1100, Room 125 (843) 349- 5249  Grand Strand Campus Building 200, Room 101 (843) 477-2055  Georgetown Campus Building 100, Room 129 (843) 520-1403
    11. 11. Visit www.hgtc.edu/startright to complete The Start Right Experience Exit Quiz! You must take the quiz in order to be allowed to test on the COMPASS. 1. I know where to find resources that will assist me in preparing to take the COMPASS®. Yes/No 2. I know how and where to make an appointment to take the COMPASS®. Yes/No 3. I know the steps that I need to complete to enroll at HGTC. Yes/No 4. At which campus do you plan to take the COMPASS®? Conway Grand Strand Georgetown

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