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SVCC-ACT Compass Exam

Acceptable Forms of ID

  • Government issued photo ID
  • State issued photo ID
  • Student ID

Exam Preparation

Samples of the exam questions and test layout can been seen at:

Additional study material can be found at the websites listed below.



If you would like additional help please contact the Learning Commons in room 3L1 or by telephone at (815)835-6293

When preparing to take your exams at the SVCC Testing Center please make yourself aware of our hours.  When scheduling give your self plenty of time to check in and complete your exam.  All exams will be stopped and collected ten minutes prior to the close of day.

*The ACT Compass Exam can only be retaken one time in a calendar year from your first attempt.  Score are valid for a three year period.


accommodations must be filed through the Disability Support Office.  The Coordinator of Disability Support is located in room 1G4.  Appointments may be made by calling 815-835-6220.

Steps to Take the Exam

  1. Call the SVCC Testing Center at (815)835-6530 to schedule your appointment
  2. Inform staff if this is a retest. If this is pay the $10 fee per section in the SVCC Business Office
  3. Bring a valid photo ID, receipt if applicable, and a non-programmable calculator (specific models can be found in the Testing Center) to your scheduled appointment.

Exam Fees

Exam is free for the first attempt. $10 per section for the second attempt