Transitional Academic Studies (TRAC) provides students with the best means to achieve
the academic competencies necessary for success in college-level courses. We provide
students with testing and placement in appropriate level courses in Math, Reading,
Colleges and universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents system place students
according to their ACT subscores in English, Math, and Reading, provided that those
scores are less than 3 years old.
- Students with ACT reading subscores below 19 are required to enroll in ACAD 1100.
- Students with ACT English subscores below 18 are required to enroll in prescribed
If students feel they have been misplaced by their ACT subscores in English and reading,
they may take the COMPASS test to attempt to place in a higher level course.
- All students, regardless of their ACT math subscore, are required to take the ALEKS placement exam for math.
Students without ACT scores are required to take a placement test, the COMPASS assessment and placement test, to determine the best course placement for them.
The COMPASS test provides students and their advisors with important information about
educational preparation and is a good beginning toward the achievement of academic
You may print out a COMPASS test guide from this website, which will help in the preparation
for this test. COMPASS tests are given many times during the course of the year.
Check the test dates and times for the one convenient for you and make sure that you take the test before
seeing your advisor or attending New Student Orientation.
Our staff are dedicated to the students at the U of M. Together we work hard to assist
and prepare students for the academic expectations of this university.