COMPASS Test Requirement
Mercy College of Health Sciences offers ESL Reading and Pre-Algebra COMPASS Tests for those students who need to satisfy pre and post admission requirements.
Please allow 1 to 2 hours to complete the test. Testing will take place at Mercy College of Health Sciences in the Computer Classroom in the the Sullivan Center, Room 106. For directions to the campus, please click here. Be sure to arrive on time at your scheduled session, as the session will close promptly at the scheduled times. Children are not allowed in the testing center.
Students will receive either a reminder email or phone call the day before their scheduled test from a representative of Mercy College.
One of the admission requirements to the College is an ESL Reading Test if English is not your native language and you did not graduate from a U.S. high school. This test helps verify that students have the English skills required to be successful in higher education and thus ready for admission to Mercy College.
You will be notified by the Admissions Office upon receipt of your application if you are needing to satisfy this admission requirement. If the ESL Reading Test is required, please click here to register online. The password to register online is located in the letter you received from the Admissions Office.
ESL Reading Test Score
The ESL Reading Test may only be taken twice.
First-time Test Takers
One of the admission requirements of the Associate of Science in Nursing program is to complete a math requirement. The Nursing Pre-Algebra Test verifies that students have the math ability required to enter the nursing program. If you are notified in your acceptance letter that the Pre-Algebra test is required, the test must be taken BEFORE you attend New Student Orientation and Registration or you will automatically be registered to take MAT 095 (Pre-Algebra).
Nursing Pre-Algebra Test Score
The Nursing Pre-Algebra test may only be taken twice.
If you choose not to take the Pre-Algebra Test prior to orientation/registration as part of your ASN nursing admissions requirement, you will be scheduled for MAT 095.
Nursing Pre-Algebra Test Study Resources
Below are study resources available to review content prior to taking the test.
Pre-Algebra Content Areas:
COMPASS Testing Schedule
Tests will begin at the times listed below. Please allow up to three (3) hours for testing.
If you prefer to register by phone please call (515) 643-3180.
Mercy College of Health Sciences is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. For information related to campus or facilities accessibility or to request disability accommodation contact:
Dr. Kristine Owens