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Reading Comprehension

Below is a more detailed list of the types of reading comprehension questions that generally appear on the COMPASS®.

  • Draw logical conclusions
  • Identify the main idea
  • Identify secondary ideas
  • Identify the author’s intent

The Reading test includes five types of reading comprehension passages:

  • Prose Fiction
  • Practical Reading, Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences

Writing Skills

The writing skills section has 20 questions.

Writing Skills tests evaluate the individual’s skill level in eight content areas:

  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Capitalization
  • Verb Formation/agreement
  • Usage
  • Relationship of causes
  • Organization
  • Shifts in Construction


English Usage – 15 questions
English Grammar – 20 questions
Punctuation – 12 questions


Below is a list of the likely mathematics topics likely to appear on the test.
Basic Mathematics

  • Convert decimals, percent, and fractions
  • Solve word problems
  • Calculate percent and ratio
  • Operations using fractions, percent and fractions
  • Simple geometry and measurement
  • Estimation


  • Operations with polynomials
  • Exponents
  • Solving Inequalities
  • Linear equations with one and two variables
  • Solving quadratics

College Level Math

  • Coordinate geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Solutions of inequalities
  • Logarithms
  • Sequences

See out COMPASS Math Workbook Page for Math practice questions

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Date Published: Monday, June 30th, 2014
Date Modified: Sunday, July 28th, 2019

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