COMPASS/ESL Sample Test Questions - Mathematics 1


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These sample test questions cover Numerical Skills/Pre-Algebra and Algebra. COMPASS is a computer-adaptive college placement test that helps educators quickly evaluate incoming students' skill levels in Reading, Writing Skills, Writing Essay, Math, and ESL; place students in appropriate courses; and connect them to the resources they need to achieve academic success. The COMPASS test was developed by ACT (, an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development.

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!