Testing Services

Students who do not have a current ACT or SAT score are required to take the COMPASS test to determine proper placement in math and English courses. Depending upon their scores, students may be placed in extra pre-college level courses in order to build their skills, which ultimately cost the student more time and money. Prospective students are encouraged to take the COMPASS early in order to have time to improve their skills and retake the COMPASS before classes start.

College of the Ouachitas provides prospective students with access to Comfit Learning Software, which is a "refresher course" in English and math. After taking the COMPASS, they are given log in information to the software, which they can access from any computer with an internet connection.

COMPASS tests are given every Friday at 9:00 and 1:00 and cost $10. This fee is waived for students who are taking it for the second time after using Comfit. Please allow at least three hours to take the test.

Students who wish to enter the LPN program will need to take the Compass test to determine their eligibility. If testing scores meet the requirements (Reading - 83, Writing – 80, Math will be used as a tie-breaker), the student must attend one of the mandatory nursing meetings held in October. Compass scores will be good for 1 year.

Students who wish to enter the RN program will need to take the RN HESI Entrance Exam to determine their eligibility. The cost is $37. This test will be offered once per semester, and students MUST pre-register.


Testing Schedule  
Friday at 9:00 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m.  
(cost is $10.00)  
Fundamentals of Information Technology Testout
1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month 9:00 AM
(cost is $50.00)  
Call Testing Coordinator to schedule  
RN Admissions Assessment  
For the January RN Program For the May RN Program
1st and 2nd Friday in September 1st and 2nd Friday in February
(cost is $37.00) Click here to register

RN Test Payment must be received BEFORE the day of your exam.

  1. Once you have registered for the assessment, you will need to pay for the test online by clicking here.
  2. Click the “Register for this now” button to add the test to your cart, then on the next screen click “Redeem/Checkout”
  3. Enter you name, email, desired password, institution information, and click “Continue.”
  4. Once you’ve entered your information, click “Submit” on the next page
  5. In the green box, click the blue link that says “My Evolve” to access your account
  6. Click on the “Student Access” link, then at the top of the next page, click on the “Payments” tab
  7. Here, you will need to enter the following payment ID: 6235

NOTE: Carefully enter the payment ID. If you enter the wrong ID, your payment will be sent to the wrong school.

  1. Enter in your payment information, and then proceed to checkout. The College will be notified once your payment is received.
Proctored Testing  
Please contact: Josh Holiman
  Testing Coordinator
  Phone: 501.332.0225


Questions about testing? Please contact us at 501.332.0225 OR jholiman@coto.edu