You might need to earn a minimum score - as determined by your school - on one or more COMPASS Math tests in order to enter a specific program or meet prerequisites for certain math courses. These exams may be used through the end of , but after that different placement tests will be implemented. Check with your school to make sure you're preparing for the correct test and find out what score you need before you begin studying. Once you're ready to start studying, follow these suggestions to make sure you put your best foot forward on test day:. This course covers the formulas and computations you'll need to know through easy-to-follow video lessons. You'll get access to interactive quizzes so you can practice applying what you know as well as printable worksheets that you can use to work on problems when you're away from your computer.
ACT decides to drop its popular Compass placement test, with a nod toward research showing that Compass funnels too many community college students into remedial courses. ACT is phasing out Compass, a popular but controversial college placement test that colleges use to determine whether students need to take remedial courses. Community colleges and nonselective four-year institutions rely heavily on Compass and Accuplacer, a similar test from the College Board.
Placement testing is a practice that many colleges and universities use to assess college readiness and determine which classes a student should initially take. Since most two-year colleges have open, non-competitive admissions policies, many students are admitted even though they do not have college-level academic qualifications. Placement tests primarily assess abilities in English, mathematics and reading. Colleges may also use placement tests in other disciplines such as foreign languages, computer and internet technologies, health and natural sciences.