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About This Course
The lessons in this course help you review and prepare for the ACT Computer-adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) Mathematics Test. This course is for you if: 1) you are applying for college or a specific academic program in your university institution which requires you to take a placement test, and 2) it has been a long time since you took math courses or were not very strong in math skills when you did. The videos are short--most less than 10 minutes long--and interesting, helping you to review the math skills in which you have the least confidence before taking the ACT COMPASS math test. The chapters are organized into basic subject areas, allowing you to focus specifically on the area where you need the most work. Topics taught in this course include:
- Numbers, number theory, and basic operations
- Essential algebra
- Basic geometry
- Mathematical modeling and quadratics
- Trigonometric functions, operations, and expressions
- Graphing basics
About the Exam
The ACT COMPASS Mathematics Test is used by several universities in their math placement process. It can have up to five placement areas: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, College Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry. Universities use placement tests because they have target pass rates in math classes and they want to make sure that students are matched with the math class that best meets their educational needs. The university is able to modify the ACT COMPASS test they administer based on their needs; including modifying questions, setting cutoff scores, and including university-specific information on the score report. The test is also adaptive, so it responds to how well the test-taker performs during the test. Finally, there is no time limit for completion. Thus, it is impossible to say exactly what your test experience will be like as every test at every university will be different. All questions are multiple-choice, however, regardless of the test version.
Preparing & Registering for the ACT COMPASS Mathematics Test
The material in this course is designed to help enhance your knowledge in all five potential placement test areas. You can, of course, focus entirely on the areas your school will use if you know them. The course is broken down into subject-specific chapters, which are further separated into individual lessons focusing on just one aspect of its parent subject area. Each lesson includes a brief video with engaging graphics and animation as well as expert instruction from an experienced mathematics teacher. You have the option of reviewing the lesson transcript in the space below the videos to see key terms bolded and equations worked out in their entirety. Take the lesson quizzes to make sure you understood the information presented in the video. Complete the chapter tests and course exam to get an idea of how well you will perform and get experience with the kind of questions you'll see on the ACT COMPASS math test.
You will register for the exam through your school, usually during the admissions process but potentially at other times if you are modifying your academic plan. Whether you will be able to use a calculator during the test, and which calculators you can use, are determined in part by your university, so check with them to find out more.
Scoring the ACT COMPASS Mathematics Test
As mentioned earlier, the ACT COMPASS math test is adaptive and can be modified by the university administering it to you. You will be given your 'Standard Individual Report' immediately upon completion of the test. On that report you, will see measures of how you performed in each area, whether you met your university's cutoff scores for certain math classes, and other information as determined by the university. For example, you'll see certain choices which are available to you such as resources that offer help in specific content areas. There is no such thing as passing or failing, only a measure of your performance in relation to institution-specific standards.
Number of questions: Test-dependent
Time to complete: No limit
Exam topics covered: Basic arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, college algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
What you'll learn: While working through the courses in this study guide, you will get practice in all of the exam topics. There is a special focus on algebra, however, as that accounts for three of the potential test subject areas.
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