# A Detailed Review of Mathematics Under COMPASS

## 5 Tips to Make the Most of a COMPASS Math Review

The challenge of pursuing college education is driven by the COMPASS, which is an assessment test that allows a student to choose a relevant course of study in the college. However, this test is different than the traditional system of test because of the absence of the restriction of time limits that the students usually have to follow while taking any test. Moreover, it is a computer-adaptive test and the results are declared immediately after the completion of the same. Thus, if a student is not satisfied with the scores of this test, it is possible to take the test again according to the regulations of the authorities who conduct the test.

### The Sections of COMPASS Mathematics

The following subjects are tested in the test:

- Reading Skills
- Writing Skills
- Mathematics
- Essay Writing
- English as Second Language or ESL

The Mathematics section covers a wide range of topics. The Placement Test intends to measure the Basic Skills, Application Skills and Analysis Skills of test takers in the following areas:

- Numerical Skills or Pre Algebra
- Algebra
- College Algebra
- Geometry
- Trigonometry

Besides this, there are 15 Diagnostic Tests in Algebra and Pre Algebra also included in this section of the test.

### Reviewing the Preparation for COMPASS Math

Judging strengths and weaknesses provides an opportunity to the test takers to analyze their level of preparation or track their progress in view of this subject. The following points will sum up the tips that are required to use the study guides or prep materials of mathematics in a suitable manner for scoring well in the mathematics section of the test:

- The students must try to follow reliable guides and materials for mathematics particularly those that focus on practice tests. The resource must cover every aspect of the test.
- The study aid should teach the test takers about the strategies that must be followed for answering the questions correctly.
- When it comes to online preparation, there are various websites that offer comprehensive lessons on mathematics that are not only useful, but fascinating as well. Some of the popular Math review sites are www.math.com , www.mathwizz.com and www.freeuniv.com.
- Those students who are genuinely inclined to review their progress of mathematics should assess their knowledge on the topics that are tested in the COMPASS test. This will allow the students to choose the review materials that will benefit them before taking the final examination.
- The preparation for Math should be carried out topic-wise so that is easier to concentrate on those areas that require more attention for scoring well in the final examination.

### Review of Study Guides of COMPASS Math

While reviewing the progress or level of preparation is important as far as Math is concerned, it is equally important to consider a review of the study guides that are consulted by students while preparing for the Math test.

The next few points will reveal the features of 3-4 study guides that will help you in Math:

- The PDF versions of sample questions and answers are available in http://www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html.
- For practice questions, tests and a complete guide on Math, students can log on to http://www.mycompasstest.com/. The students will also get an opportunity to study the important lessons on mathematics including Pre-Algebra and Algebra.
- The lessons and practice tests from Kaplan College are almost similar to the actual test and they offer a complete course on mathematics along with a personal teacher for explaining the lessons. The students should log on to http://www.yourteacher.com/colleges/kaplan-college.php for more information on this.
- For a useful Math study guide, students can also log on to http://www.davenport.edu/Portals/0/LibraryInfoCommons/DAVENPORTAL/Testing/tests/compass-math-sample.pdf for sample test questions on mathematics.

Thus, a good and effective Math guide helps students to understand their level of preparation in Mathematics so that they are able to concentrate on their strengths and improve on their weaknesses in order to score well in this examination.

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