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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

College Algebra Placement Test

Items in the College Algebra Test focus on algebra knowledge and skills in a variety of content

areas. The majority of items come from the following content areas:

Functions

Exponents

Complex Numbers

Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences and Series

Matrices (basic operations, equations, and determinants)

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