Academic assessments help identify your current strengths and needs. They help insure that you succeed in your academic goals by placing you in courses that are appropriate for you. All students who enroll at SCC to earn credit toward a certificate, diploma or degree must demonstrate through the ACT or COMPASS that they have the minimum academic skills essential for success. The COMPASS is required of all applicants who do not score an 18 or higher on the ACT in English, a 20 or higher in Reading, and 19 or higher in mathematics. If you have never taken the ACT, the COMPASS will be used for placement.