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The COMPASS/ESL is used for placement at Miami Dade College for students without sufficient English proficiency to take the CPT/PERT. The test will assess students’ ability in three areas—Listening, Reading, and Grammar/Usage, and help place them in the appropriate EAP courses. The test is computer-delivered and untimed, so you may work at your own pace. Doing well is important if you want to be placed in higher-level courses, so you should take your time when taking the test and also prepare beforehand. This site will assist you in preparing for your test.

Purpose and Importance: To accurately place you in the appropriate courses and to improve your opportunity for learning. To minimize the chance that you will have to repeat subjects already mastered. To reduce the possibility of you entering in courses for which you are inadequately prepared.

Note: The EPT is only administered to students with documented disabilities who request special accommodations and replaces COMPASS/ESL.

The COMPASS/ESL is used for the following:

Retest Procedure:

COMPASS/ESL scores are valid for one year. If a student does not use these scores for course placement during that time, the student will be required to take the test again. Students may retest once on COMPASS/ESL for initial placement. Retesting of the complete battery of tests must occur prior to enrollment or by the 100% refund date each semester. Students who have already begun EAP instruction may only be referred for retesting on an individual basis by the department chairperson. Scores are no longer valid for placement after the one-year period; therefore, students may retake the test.

Test Preparation:

The following are links to resources for students to prepare for the COMPASS/ESL:


• Listening Sample Questions

Reading Sample Questions

Grammar Usage Sample Questions


Hialeah Testing By Online Appointments or Walk-in basis M 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
T, W, R 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
F 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Homestead Testing Walk-in basis M, T 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
W 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
R 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
F 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
InterAmerican Testing By Online Appointments or Walk-in basis M 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
T, W, R 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
F 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Kendall Testing Walk-in basis M, T, W, R 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
F 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Medical Testing By Online Appointments only T, W 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
MEEC Testing Walk-in basis M 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
W 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
North Testing Walk-in basis M, T, W 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
R 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
F 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
West Testing Walk-in basis M, T, R 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
W 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
F 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Wolfson Testing By Online Appointments or Walk-in basis M, T, W, R 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
By Online Appointments only S Varies by date
Note: Examinees must be checked-in and seated by the time scheduled in order to begin the test. Examinees will then have adequate time to finish the test in a reasonable period or within the Testing Office Hours of Operation.


Auxiliary Aids and Modifications

Auxiliary Aids and Modifications:

Under certain circumstances, arrangements for auxiliary aids and modifications are permissible. The College makes every reasonable effort to ensure equal access to educational opportunities and experiences for candidates with documented disabilities. These services can include:

  • Sign language interpreters
  • Adaptive or assistive technology
  • Note takers
  • and more

An ACCESS representative can help eligible candidates identify and arrange for accommodations that ensure success.

Instructions for Auxiliary Aids and Modifications:

  1. Candidate presents documentation to ACCESS department.
  2. ACCESS department intakes documentation.
  3. Accommodations are determined.
  4. ACCESS department informs Testing Center about candidate's accommodations.
  5. Candidate contacts Testing Center to schedule the test with accommodations.
  6. Testing Center plans for accommodated testing needs.
  7. Candidate tests.


COMPASS/ESL First attempt for placement no charge.
Placement purposes (retakes). MDC


Other Fees This fee is used for testing examinees from other institutions or agencies - e.g. ACCUPLACER, PERT, COMPASS, CSP, TABE, Wisconsin Placement Exams. Maximum scheduled administration time is three hours. Plus $15.00 for each additional hour or fraction thereof. This fee includes sending scores to other institutions or agencies (all attempts).
Note: This fee is not used for course related testing such as Distance Learning Examinations.
MDC $45 
Official score reports to examinees, another institution, or an agency (all requests). Must fill-in and submit a Test Scores Release Form MDC $10
Note: Testing fees are subject to change.
MDC testing fees are non-refundable/non-transferable. Examinees must pick up a payment form at the Testing Center and submit it to the Bursar’s Office prior to taking an MDC fee related test. The testing fee payment can be made with cash, money order, or credit/debit card. Make sure to save the receipt for proof of payment.

MDC administers the test at:

MEEC Testing
6300 NW 7th Avenue
Room 1101
Miami, FL 33150 Map
(305) 237-1909
(305) 237-1903
(305) 237-1908
Hialeah Testing
1780 W. 49 Street
Room 1220-01 
Hialeah, FL 33012 Map
(305) 237-8791
(305) 237-8846

Homestead Testing
500 College Terrace
Room A114
Homestead, FL 33030 Map
(305) 237-5105
(305) 237-5213
InterAmerican Testing
627 SW 27 Avenue
Room 1110
Miami, FL 33135 Map
(305) 237-6041
(305) 237-6207
Kendall Testing
11011 SW 104 Street
Building R, 5th Floor
Miami, FL 33176 Map
(305) 237-2341
(305) 237-0679
Medical Testing
950 NW 20 Street
Room 1303
Miami, FL 33127 Map
(305) 237-4275
(305) 237-4347
North Testing
11380 NW 27 Avenue
Room 1160
Miami, FL 33167 Map
(305) 237-1015
(305) 237-1889
MDC-West Testing
3800 NW 115 Avenue
Room 2110 
Doral, FL 33178 Map
(305) 237-8979
(305) 237-4951
Wolfson Testing
300 NE 2 Avenue
Room 3104
Miami, FL 33132 Map
(305) 237-3011
(305) 237-7622

Request to take this test at another institution via Remote Testing!

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Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
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