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How do I let Black Hawk know I am exempt from part of the COMPASS placement test?

You must bring a signed permit from a Black Hawk Advisor, or a copy of your ACT report to the COMPASS test. If you do not have documentation with you at the time of the test you will be required to take the ENTIRE test. If you haven’t had your ACT scores sent to Black Hawk College, you will need to do so. To request an additional ACT score report, go to ACT’s web page at www.act.org and have one sent to Enrollment Services, Black Hawk College, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, IL 61265 or the Admissions Office, Black Hawk College – East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva, IL 61434.

Some students may be exempt from parts of the COMPASS test under two conditions

Some students may be exempt from parts of the COMPASS test under two conditions:
• Students who have taken the ACT test within the past two years and scored 22 or higher in the individual English, Reading or Math tests do not have to take the corresponding COMPASS test:
ACT 22 or higher in English exempts you from the COMPASS writing test
ACT 22 or higher in Reading exempts you from the COMPASS reading test
ACT 22 or higher in Math exempts you from the COMPASS pre-algebra test, however you are required to take the COMPASS Algebra test.
• Students who have completed courses, or taken a placement test such as ASSET or COMPASS at another college or university may be exempt from portions of the COMPASS test. These students should first see an advisor or counselor before taking the COMPASS test. Documentation is required and must be reviewed by an advisor to determine which portions of the COMPASS test are needed for course placement. You will need to bring an unofficial copy of your college transcript or ASSET/COMPASS scores when you come to the Advising Center to see an advisor. Without documentation, students will be required to take the entire COMPASS test for course placement. Placement test scores from other colleges and universities that are not ASSET or COMPASS scores cannot be used for course placement at Black Hawk College.

What should I study before taking the COMPASS test?

You are encouraged to review and study for COMPASS testing. For sample tests and more information of topics that are covered in the COMPASS test click here, where you will find sample COMPASS test questions.

How much does the test cost and can I retake the test?

You may take the COMPASS test free of charge one time per academic year (Sept. 1 – Aug. 31). If you wish to retake the COMPASS test during the same academic year, the cost is $15.00 per individual test or $30 for the entire test. Payment in cash (exact change) or check at the time of testing is accepted. NO CREDIT CARDS are accepted.

How are grades recorded?

For dual credit, grades appear on your Black Hawk College transcript after you complete the course.  Use the credits at Black Hawk College or transfer them to another college or university.  Dual credits also generate credits towards your high school diploma requirement.

For articulated credit, grades are recorded at your request after you complete the course(s) with an A or B grade and attend Black Hawk College.

What does my school offer?

For dual credit, any high school junior or senior who meets college
placement requirements and prerequisites.

For articulated credit,  any high school student who has demonstrated ability to succeed in career and technical education courses.

How are refunds from Black Hawk College delivered to students?

Refunds are delivered via the option selected when activating the BHC Money Card.Click here to activate your refund preference and make your refund selection. Once your refund preference is selected, funds are sent from BHC to Higher One who then disburses the refunds according to your selection. If you want the fastest access to your money, simply choose to have your refunds deposited directly into your OneAccount—a fully functioning FDIC Insured checking account. (Please note: In order to receive a refund, you must SELECT YOUR REFUND PREFERENCE as soon as your card arrives in the mail.)

Are parents supposed to attend orientation?

There are special Smart Start Orientations geared toward all students and parents. At these Smart Starts, parents get a chance to visit with various offices and BHC staff to address questions related to registration, financial aid and other areas. Parents are also welcome to join students on the Mini-Orientations and Self-Guided Orientations.

What is covered in orientation?

The various orientation options provide students with information on success strategies, services available to students, college terminology and vocabulary, and locations of offices and resources on campus. Tours of the Quad-Cities Campus also are a part of all three orientations. During the Smart Start Orientations, students get a chance to meet BHC administrators, staff, faculty and students.

When are orientations?

Smart Start Orientations are offered on specific days in August and January, prior to the fall and spring semesters. Mini-Orientations are offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. Self-Guided Orientations are available anytime the college is open, and Online Orientations are available anytime, via a computer with Internet access.