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Testing Services

Southwest Education Center Testing Center (Room 108J)


COMPASS Testing at Southwest Education Center

Fall and Spring Semesters
Mon. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-7:30 p.m.
Tues. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.
Wed.-Fri. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sat. Only 9-11 a.m. on the two Saturdays before the start date of the off-campus courses.

Summer Semester
Mon. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-7:30 p.m.
Tues.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.
Fri. 9-10 a.m.
Sat. not available

*Please note hours are subject to change during breaks.
*For additional information, please call the Southwest Education Center at (708) 974-5400.

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for placement testing. Registration for the COMPASS placement test can be done online or in person.

Use MVConnect. Login using your assigned username and password. On the Self-Service menu, click Registration. Select Search, Register, and Pay for Non-Credit classes. Select Placement Testing in the Topic Code drop-down box and click Submit. Click the box next to the section you would like to register for and click Submit. Continue through remaining screens and submit your payment.
In person: You may choose to register for any scheduled COMPASS/placement test session that will be offered Monday-Friday. Stop by the Registration Office, Bldg. S, Room S103, to register. Payment of $25 is due at the time of registration. Payment is non-refundable. Please proceed to the Cashier’s Office, Bldg. S, Room S105. Bring your receipt to the Testing Center, Bldg. B, Room 101.
Retests: Please call (708) 974-5400 to schedule a retest.

New students must complete English composition, reading and math placement testing prior to attending an orientation program.

Currently enrolled students must pre-register and pre-pay for placement testing before registering for English composition, reading or math classes.

A Photo ID is required to test.
You may bring a calculator, scratch paper, and pencil for the math portion of the test only.
Please allow 1-2 hours to complete the Compass exams. Learn more about the COMPASS test here.

Please note: Compass hours may differ during semester breaks.

Placement Test Exemptions

Previously Earned College Credit
If you've previously earned college credit, you may be exempt from some or all of the placement tests. Just submit a college transcript or grade report showing a "C" or better in a college-level (101 or higher) English composition/rhetoric course and/or mathematics course to the Academic Advising Center, Bldg. S, Room S201.

Act Scores
An ACT score of 20 or above in English, reading and mathematics may be used in place of some or all of the placement tests. To qualify for an exemption, students need to bring a copy of their ACT scores to the Academic Advising Center.

  • A score of 20 or above in English and reading exempts you from the English/reading placement test.
  • A score of 20 or above in mathematics exempts you from the mathematics placement test.

Make-Up Testing
Test Proctoring at Southwest Education Center

Spring and Fall Semester Schedule

  Days First Test Last Test
  Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. 8 p.m.
  Fri. 9 a.m. 3 p.m.
  Sat. 9 a.m. 11 a.m.

Summer Semester Schedule

  Days First Test Last Test
  Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. 8 p.m.
  Fri. 9 a.m. 10 a.m.
  Sat. 9 a.m. 11 a.m.

Testing Center Policies

  • A current Moraine Valley Photo ID is required to test.
  • No food, drinks, or personal items are allowed in the testing center. (Lockers are available for student use.)
  • All electronic devices must be turned off. Scratch paper and calculators may be used if indicated by instructor.

Questions? Please call (708) 974-5400.