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New Student Orientation
Compass Exam


All students attending a North Dakota public university with ACT English subtest scores of 17 or lower (SAT Writing 420 or lower) and/or ACT Math subtest scores of 20 or lower (SAT Math 500 or lower) are required to complete a developmental course(s). Minot State University offers the Compass Exam during CONNECT Orientation so students have the chance to test out of those developmental courses, thereby saving time and money.

Transfer students who have not yet taken their English and/or Mathematics courses and have not sent their ACT/SAT scores to Minot State must either take the Compass Test or have their ACT/SAT scores sent to Minot State.

If a student has not taken the ACT/SAT (i.e. international students or students over age 25) they will be required to take the Compass Exam to register for English and Mathematics courses.