COMPASS/ESL is ACT’s computer-delivered, adaptive, placement and
diagnostic assessment system for measuring reading, writing, and mathematics skills of new students. New services for ESL
students are also being added to the new COMPASS/ESL system released every fall.
The ASSET and COMPASS systems together serve over
1,400,000 new community and technical college students each year, assisting colleges through the delivery of
extensive course placement, advising support, and research services (descriptive, retention analyses, placement, cut-score
evaluation, and new underprepared student follow-up services). Outcomes assessment and reporting services are
also available to assist institutions with state and national reporting and accreditation
information. WorkKeys is a national system developed by ACT to assess
and teach workplace skills in schools and colleges, training programs, and businesses. WorkKeys measures skills, relates
them to specific job profiles, and helps individuals acquire the skills needed for their desired job. This performance-based
system is designed to improve the workplace skills of the nation and to help individuals equate learning with earning. Founded in 1959, ACT is an independent, nonprofit
organization focused on the gathering and delivery of information to assist individuals and institutions to facilitate
academic and workplace skills instruction.