Calculators for COMPASS





Use of Calculators for COMPASS Test

Taking the COMPASS?

If you will be taking the COMPASS soon, you are probably looking for information on each and every section of this exam. You have to be aware that the exam will be taken online. This means that you need to sit in front of the computer and take the test. If you do not know how to use the computer then you will be at loss because no pen and paper version of the COMPASS is available as of now. Furthermore, the examination is not timed so you can complete all the three sections in the exam at a pace that you feel comfortable in. You do not have to hurry yourself when you are taking the test. All the questions that you will find here will be in the form of multiple choice questions, with each question having five answer options. You have to think carefully and choose an answer option from the alternatives available for each question.

Now when it comes to the Math section, you may have questions regarding the use of calculator in the test. Some people do not know whether they should bring their calculator or not. In order to be sure that you are getting the right information and also to find out more about the use of calculators, continue reading.

Can I use Calculator for the COMPASS Test?

Many students are not aware whether they should bring their own calculator for the Math test or not. You have two options in this regard: you can bring your own calculator or you can use the online calculator that will be provided to you at the time of the test. Read the following points for more details:

  • Calculators allowed: An important thing you need to be aware of is that the candidate who is taking the test will be allowed to bring a calculator. On the other hand, the one that he brings to the examination room should comply with the rules of the COMPASS otherwise he will not be allowed to use it. You can find out more about these rules by checking the official website www.act.org/compass/student/index.html.

  • Charge in the battery: Make sure that the battery in the calculator has enough charge so that it will not run out while you are still taking the test. For this reason, many candidates carry additional batteries and you can do this too.

  • Borrowing of calculator: Another point to note is that you will not be allowed to borrow a calculator from another test taker, if you did not bring your own one. This is forbidden so you have to keep this in mind.

  • Use the online calculator: If you want, you can simply use the online calculator that will be provided to you when you are in the examination room instead of bringing one of your own.

Type of Calculator that You Can Use

If you are planning to bring your own calculator, you have to keep the following points in mind:

  1. You can make use of a scientific calculator to help you with the Math section of the COMPASS. The examination does not allow the students to bring a calculator that has an in-built computer algebra system. You are not permitted to make use of a calculator that is built into an electronic instrument, like a cell phone.

  2. If you have a calculator that makes noise, then you have to ensure that you turn off the sound. This way, you will not be disturbing the other test takers who are also in the examination room with you.

  3. If you are planning to bring a calculator that has a power cord, then make sure that you remove this cord when you enter the examination room.

  4. If your calculator comes with an infrared data port, you need to ensure that you cover this port entirely with a duct tape. Some calculators under this category include HP 48G, HP 39G series and HP 38G series from Hewlett-Packard.