COMPASS is a placement test for incoming Northeast Iowa Community College students. The test is "computer-adaptive," meaning questions are chosen based on answers to previous questions. The more correct answers chosen, the more difficult the questions become, allowing for an accurate assessment. COMPASS is administered over the Internet, and scoring is immediate. Group testing is available.
Study packets are available online for additional review.
The HiSET (previously GED) test is a series of five tests that are a high school equivalency program recognized nation-wide and internationally. To test for your HSED, you must schedule an appointment. It is not possible to take all five tests at one time, so multiple appointments are necessary.
Professional assessments are computer-based professional licensure tests for specific career paths. Both the Dubuque Center and Town Clock Business Center partner with many assessment providers including PearsonVue, ACT and Prometric. The centers also provide assessment proctoring for students taking online classes with other educational institutions, for employees of companies offering skill/knowledge proficiency assessments and for assessments of job applicant skills through ACT’s WorkKeys system.
The Calmar testing center provides professional assessment for the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine and state journey person and master testing.
Keyboarding assessments are available by appointment, and accommodation testing is scheduled at the same time as the classes completing the test.
Testing hours vary depending on the campus or center attended. Please contact the nearest NICC testing center in Calmar, Peosta or Dubuque to schedule your testing appointment.