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Introduction to COMPASS Mathematics

This program prepares you for the Numerical Skills/Prealgebra, Algebra, and College Algebra sections of the COMPASS.

Numerical Skills/Prealgebra Placement Test

Questions in the Numerical Skills/Prealgebra Placement Test range in content from basic arithmetic concepts and skills to the knowledge and skills considered prerequisites for a first algebra course. The Numerical Skills/Prealgebra Placement Test includes items from more than a dozen content areas; however, a majority of the questions come from the following categories:

  1. Operations with Integers
  2. Operations with Fractions
  3. Operations with Decimals
  4. Positive Integer Exponents, Square
  5. Roots, and Scientific Notation
  6. Ratios and Proportions
  7. Percentages
  8. Averages (Means, Medians, and Modes)

Algebra Placement Test

The Algebra Placement Test is composed of items from three curricular areas: elementary algebra, coordinate geometry, and intermediate algebra. Each of these three areas is further subdivided into a number of more specific content areas. Overall, the Algebra Placement Test includes items from more than 20 content areas; however, the majority of test questions fall within the following eight content areas:

  1. Substituting Values into Algebraic
  2. Expressions
  3. Setting Up Equations for Given
  4. Situations
  5. Basic Operations with Polynomials
  6. Factoring Polynomials
  7. Linear Equations in One Variable
  8. Exponents and Radicals
  9. Rational Expressions
  10. Linear Equations in Two Variables

College Algebra Placement Test

Items in the College Algebra Test focus on algebra knowledge and skills in a variety of content areas. The majority of items come from the following content areas:

  1. Functions
  2. Exponents
  3. Complex Numbers
  4. Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences and Series
  5. Matrices (basic operations, equations, and determinants)