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My Foundations - COMPASS Testing


Dear Prospective Wildcat:

Congratulations on being accepted the GREAT Bethune-Cookman University. We hope you are having a wonderful summer, and we hope you are celebrating the academic and personal accomplishments that you have obtained this year. The Wildcat Family at Bethune Cookman University extends heartfelt and sincere congratulations to you for selecting our University.

In order to facilitate a smooth transition, there is some information that is pertinent: students admitted directly from high school with an 18 or higher on the ACT mathematics, reading and writing subtests or a 440 or higher on the critical reading and mathematics subtests of the SAT are exempt from taking a placement test. Students not meeting BCU’s exemption criteria are required to take the ACT COMPASS placement test before registering for classes. Transfer students may also be required to take placement tests depending on which courses have been accepted by the university. The Office of Testing and Evaluation will determine the placement of your reading, math, and English/Writing courses based on the (B-CU) COMPASS placement test.

Prior to July 27, 2012, students can take the B-CU COMPASS Placement exam, either at B-CU’s test center or at an approved remote testing facility by calling (386) 481-2309. Students can also email the B-CU testing office to make an appointment at testing@cookman.edu. The email should include the student’s name, B-CU ID number, and telephone number. Students can retake the exam every 31 days in order to achieve a score that will place them in college level courses for reading, English, and math.

If a student does not take the B-CU COMPASS Placement test prior to July 27, 2012 students will take the COMPASS exam during New Student Orientation in August. In August, students will only be given one (1) opportunity to take the B-CU COMPASS placement exam. There will not be an opportunity to retest. The (B-CU) COMPASS placement test is very important. 

We encourage students to prepare for the test prior to taking the placement exam to achieve the highest score for optimal course placement. We have created an optional online review course using the MyFoundationsLab for you to take throughout the summer. The course is a self-paced online mastery-based course for assessing and remediating college readiness skills in reading, math, and English.

In order to access this course you must purchase access from the My FoundationsLab website.  The cost is $33.00 for ten weeks of access to the program. Listed below are the steps for purchasing access:

  1. Go to www.myfoundationslab.com
  2. Click Buy Access (New Users)
  3. Click Purchase Online Access for 10 weeks (cost $33)
  4. Do you have a Pearson Account?  (select No)
  5. Create an account

Once you have created an account, you will need to select the course named IncomingBCU Freshman Placement Test Prep. The course identification number is XL0V-O1YY-201Z-29S2.  Since MyFoundationsLab is a self paced course, you can complete the assignments whenever you want and in any order.  After mastering the skills in this optional review course, you will be eligible to retake the BCU COMPASS Placement Exam. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity. If you have any further questions contact me at 386-481-2246. We look forward to meeting and welcoming you into the Wildcat family.

Sincerely,

Joan Thompson, Director

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