Compass English Test

The phrase “Compass Test English” may be used to refer to (1) the Compass Test in writing for native speakers of English or (2) the Compass ESL (English as a Second Language) test for students whose first language is not English.

For information on the Compass Writing Test, which is a test of English grammar and style for native speakers of English, please click on the Compass Writing Test link in our main menu.


The Compass ESL (English as a Second Language) test has listening, reading, and grammar components.

Non-native speakers of English may also be asked to participate in e-Write, which means that they must also write an essay in English as part of the Compass exam.

If you are a non-native speaker of English, you can find out more information on the Compass Test in English as a Second Language on the official Compass Test website:

Official Site for Compass Test – English as a Second Language