The Math Placement Test is a multiple-choice test that evaluates students’ ability levels in terms of basic skills such as performing a sequence of basic operations, application skills such as applying sequences of basic operations to novel settings or in complex ways, and analysis skills such as demonstrating conceptual understanding of principles and relationships for mathematical operations. The Math Placement Test offers up to five subject areas:
Students may use calculators that comply with ACT specifications when taking the COMPASS math tests.
Review both of the following documents and do the sample questions before attending Orientation.
Calculators may be used on the COMPASS Pre-Algebra, Algebra, College Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry tests, provided they meet the requirements listed below.
To ensure fairness for all test takers, avoid disturbances in the testing room, and protect the security of the testing materials and process, the following types of calculators are not permitted:
The following types of calculators are permitted only if they are used as noted:
Note: ACT monitors new calculators as they become available. For the latest list of prohibited calculators, students and institutions are invited to call toll free 800-498-6481 for a recorded message.
If students plan to use a calculator, they are responsible for bringing an acceptable one to the testing session. Sharing calculators during the test is not permitted, and the test proctor will not provide a calculator.
Students are also responsible for ensuring that their calculator works properly. If their calculator uses batteries, students must make certain that the batteries are strong enough to last throughout the testing session. Students may bring a spare calculator and extra batteries with them.
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