September 16, 2014 - Central Region Tech Prep

Compass Workshop
Central Region Tech Prep Center
September 16, 2014
Central Region Testing Center
 Secondary schools in the region can test students at
their local schools using regional testing center units
at no cost to the district
 Central Region Tech Prep Center Colleges can access
student scores to eliminate duplicate testing (NC
State, COTC, Marion Tech, CSCC)
 Currently 44,895 units available for use
 Testing Center Future
 Compass contact updates by school/district
Migration Deadline—From eCompass
to Compass 5.0
 August 31, 2015
 eCompass data will be
available beyond this
 Goal—Decide when to
transition our Regional
Compass Testing Center
New Features of ACT Compass 5.0
 Web-based test environment, no workstation install required
 A wide variety of examinee registration options
 System "heartbeat" monitor to gauge system performance
 Customizable course placement rules and messaging
 Full-service proctor dashboard screen
 Call Proctor for help feature to allow examinee to request help from the
 Order ACT Compass units from within the system
 Create custom local tests and settings
 Automated file import and drop off for Student Information Systems using
secure FTP server and .csv file transfer
Web-Based and Zero-Install
 No Downloads Required
 24/7 Web Access
Technical Requirements
1.6 GHz x86compatible
Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz
(only Intel-based Macs
512 MB
1 GB
Operating System
Windows XP (SP3)
Windows 7
Mac OS X 10.5 or
Web Browser
IE 10 and 11
Firefox 26
Chrome 32
Safari 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0
Firefox 26
Chrome 32
Recommended Screen
1024 x 768 or higher
Network Speed
At least 100 MBPS at
school and at least 256
KBPS per student
1024 x 768 or higher
At least 100 MBPS at
school and at least 256
KBPS per student
Multiple Examinee Registration
Walk-in registration
Pre-register examinees with admission ticket
Bulk load/register examinees through user interface
Bulk load/register examinees via secure FTP file
transfer from Student Information Systems (SIS)
 Examinee self-registration and check-in options
 Merge examinee records
 Email admission ticket for pre-registration
ACT Compass® Migration
 Quick Start Guides
Email to Listserve 9/15/2014
Campus Admins and Test Center
 Roles and Tasks
 Detailed Steps
 Creating Test Centers and Enabling Remote Test Centers
 Editing a Test Center
 Creating and Editing Users
 Creating Custom User Roles
 Creating and Managing System Announcements
 Ordering Units and Managing Unit Settings
Login Screen
Proctor Dashboard
 Provide listing of all active test
sessions for test center or across
campus (depending on roles)
within an Active Testing tab
 Provide listing of all paused test
sessions for test center or across
campus within a Paused Testing tab
 Provide proctor alerts to let
proctor know when attention is
needed at a specific workstation,
including the examinee name
 Workstation visibility tools to see
how every student is progressing in
 Proctor ability to pause tests
 School branding
 Custom test packages
 Personalized cut score
 Computer adaptive and
Admission Ticket
Reports Available in Compass 5.0
Individual Student Report (ISR)
Examinees List Report
Course Placement Report
Test Activity (by test package, by test) Report
Unit Usage Report
Examinee Demographic Report
Other Frequently Asked Questions
 What accommodations will be available in ACT Compass 5.0?
Screen magnification and high-contrast are available. ACT Asset will continue to
offer paper and pencil testing, as well as audio, braille, and large type test
 Will the content and questions change with ACT Compass 5.0?
Item pools have been refreshed and expanded, as part of ACT’s ongoing test
development processes.
 Will scores in ACT eCompass be the same as scores in ACT Compass 5.0?
Using standard research methods, ACT staff simulated assessment results with
ACT eCompass and ACT Compass 5.0 and found estimated pass rates to be
comparable. As always, ACT recommends that ACT Compass scores be used in
conjunction with other data such as high school GPA, motivation, and previous
performance in relevant courses to determine course placement for students.
 Will remote testing be available in ACT Compass 5.0?
Yes, remote testing will be available.
More Frequently Asked Questions
 Will the workstations need to be registered?
Each workstation will need to be “named” with ACT Compass 5.0 upon first
use, so that the workstation will appear in the proctor dashboard with
whatever name you choose. No download or registration of the MAC
address is required. If the workstation is reset to defaults, the workstation
will need to be “named,” unless the name is incorporated into the image for
that workstation.
 Will I be able to move data from ACT eCompass to ACT Compass 5.0?
No. You will continue to be able to access ACT eCompass data through that
platform until at least August 31, 2015. After that, the data will still be
available, although it may not be through that platform.
 Do bulletin board messages still need to be imported as an html file?
The announcement board has replaced the bulletin board in ACT
Compass 5.0. You can add an announcement very easily under the
announcement tab.
*Quick Start Guides and Instructional Videos Available
*Common Questions and Answers
Group Discussion
 When are you planning to test students in your
district this year?
 When should we transition our regional testing
system to the new version of Compass?

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