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An ACT Program for Educational Planning COMPASS/ESL Sample Test Questi ns A Guide f r Students and Parents Mat ematics Numerical Skills/Pre-Algebra Algebra ®
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Note to Students Welcome to the COMPASS Sample Mathematics Test! You are about to look at some sample test questions as you prepare to take the actual COMPASS test. The examples in this booklet are similar to the kinds of test questions you are likely to see when you take the actual COMPASS test. Since this is a practice exercise, you will answer just a few questions and you won’t receive a real test score. The answer key follows the sample questions. Once you are ready to take the actual COMPASS test, you need to know that the test is computer delivered and untimed that is, you may work at your own pace. After you complete the test, you can get a score report to help you make good choices when you register for college classes. We hope you benefit from these sample questions, and we wish you success as you pursue your education and career goals! Note to Parents The test questions in this sample set are similar to the kinds of test questions your son or daughter will encounter when they take the actual COMPASS test. Since these questions are only for practice, they do not produce a test score; students answer more questions on the actual test. The aim of this booklet is to give a sense of the kinds of questions examinees will face and their level of difficulty. There is an answer key at the end.
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© 2004 by ACT, Inc. All rights reserved. COMPASS Mathematics Tests The COMPASS Mathematics Tests are organized around five principal content domains: numerical skills/prealgebra, algebra, college algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. To ensure variety in the content and complexity of items within each domain, COMPASS includes mathematics items of three general levels of cognitive complexity: basic skills, application, and analysis. A basic skills item can be solved by performing a sequence of basic operations. An application item involves applying sequences of basic operations to novel settings or in complex ways. An analysis item requires students to demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the principles and relationships relevant to particular mathematical operations. Items in each of the content domains sample extensively from these three cognitive levels. Students are permitted to use calculators on all current Windows ® and Internet versions of COMPASS Mathematics Tests. Calculators must, however, meet ACT’s specifications, which are the same for COMPASS and the ACT Assessment. These specifications are updated periodically and can be found at ACT’s website at http://www.act.org/aap/taking/calculator.html
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© 2004 by ACT, Inc. All rights reserved.
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