Everything you Need to Pass the COMPASS
The Compass is a group of exams developed by the American College Test Program and is designed to analyze an students reading, writing and math skills, so that the college is in a position to determine what course will suit a particular student.
This is an adaptive questionnaire to be taken on a computer. The questions given depend on the previous answer, and are matched to your ability and skills.
You must answer a question before going to the next. You cannot skip a question and go back to it later.
The questions are multiple choice questions.
These exams are conducted separately and you cannot take them all in a single day.
The mathematics tests typically includes five areas i. e. algebra, pre-algebra, geometry, trigonometry and college-level algebra. See Math Practice and Workbook
The reading tests have questions based on given text.
The writing test checks a student’s ability to correct and check the grammar as well as check proper sentence formations.
The tests are usually administered at the university that requires them. The course fees, registration process and course placement is solely dependent on the University or institution.
The also has a test for English as a second language to test the student’s ability in written and spoken English.
For math content see Math Workbook
Complete COMPASS Study Guide and Practice Test QuestionsComplete Study Guide including hundreds of pages of Tutorials, Self-Assessments, 2 sets of practice test questions and Practice Test Questions for Reading Comprehension, Basic Math - Including: Fractions, Decimals, Percent, Word problems, Algebra - Including: One and Two Variable Equations, Polynomial Operations, Quadratics, College Level Math - Including: Cartesian and Coordinate Planes, Trigonometry, Sequences, Logarithms, How to write an essay and more.
How this study guide is organized 9
The COMPASS® Study Plan 10
Making a Study Schedule 10
Answer Key 34
Help with Reading Comprehension 41
Main Idea and Supporting Details 44
Drawing Inferences and Conclusions 48
Meaning from Context 51
Point of View and Purpose 54
Mathematics Self-Assessment 62
Answer Key 74
Fraction Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 89
Decimal Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 93
Percent Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 94
How to Solve Word Problems 96
Types of Word Problems 99
Solving One-Variable Linear Equations 113
Solving Two-Variable Linear Equations 114
Adding and Subtracting Polynomials 116
Multiplying and Dividing Polynomials 117
Simplifying Polynomials 117
Factoring Polynomials 118
Quadratic Equations 119
Cartesian Geometry 121
Perimeter, Area and Volume 123
Pythagorean Geometry 126 Quadrilaterals 128
Solving Inequalities 132
Self Assessment 141
Answer Key 150
Common English Usage Mistakes 153
Subject Verb Agreement 160
Quotation Marks 172
English Grammar Multiple Choice 174
How to Write an Essay
Common Essay Mistakes 1 202
Common Essay Mistakes 2 204
Writing Concisely 206
Avoiding Redundancy 208
Practice Test Questions Set 1
Answer Key 255
Practice Test Questions Set 2
Answer Key 319