COMPASS Information 
COMPASS is a computeradaptive assessment program delivered via the Internet. Brunswick Community College uses it to evaluate incoming students' skill levels in reading and writing skills and mathematics. Students must receive above a certain cut score before they can take certain classes at BCC. The COMPASS Mathematics Tests are organized around five areas: numerical skills/prealgebra, algebra, college algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. The Reading Comprehension Test focuses on referring and reasoning skills. Items in the Writing Skills Test assess basic knowledge and skills in usage and mechanics (e.g., punctuation, basic grammar and usage, and sentence structure) as well as more rhetorical skills such as writing strategy, organization, and style. Early College High School offers extensive test preparation and tutoring to help students prepare for the test. Students typically take the COMPASS during their sophomore year and may retake the exams once per semester until they pass. 
COMPASS Test Preparation Resources 
Practice tests can be found on the following sites: This is a great practice resource for the writing compass:
MATH COMPASS PREPARATION For practice, review the information at the following web sites. After your have studied the review sites, you should try the sample problem sites listed at the bottom.
Part I Review these websites for the math parts of the COMPASS test.
Review PREALGEBRA: Study EACH Module/Unit and do the quiz at the end of each http://www.math.com/homeworkhelp/PreAlgebra.html http://www.math.com/homeworkhelp/BasicMath.html http://www.sosmath.com/algebra/fraction/frac3/frac3.html
Review ALGEBRA: Study EACH Module/Unit and do the quiz at the end of each http://www.math.com/homeworkhelp/Algebra.html http://www.sosmath.com/algebra/quadraticeq/bdef/bdef.html http://www.sosmath.com/algebra/quadraticeq/root/root.html
Review GEOMETRY: Study EACH Module/Unit and do the quiz at the end of each http://www.math.com/homeworkhelp/Geometry.html http://library.thinkquest.org/2609/
Part II NOW try the sample test questions located at the following websites. Visit http://www.testprepreview.com/compass_practice.htm Scroll down the page and click on the following sites:
 Averages and Rounding  Basic Operations  Estimation Sequences  Exponents  Fractions and Square Roots  Graphs  Basic Math  Intermediate Math  Measurement  Percents and Ratios  Basic Algebra  Advanced Algebra  Geometry  Advanced Math
WRITING COMPASS PREPARATION Be better prepared before working on the sample problems for the writing part of the COMPASS test. For practice, you should review the information at the following websites. After your have studied the review sites, you should try the sample problems. Part I Review sites for the reading and writing part of the COMPASS test.
Review COMMA USE: http://www.getitwriteonline.com/ archive/tips.htm http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/commas.htm
Review CONFUSING WORDS: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/notorious.htm
Review USING SEMICOLONS: http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/Semicolons.html
Review USING COLONS: http://www.getitwriteonline.com/archive/111602Colon.htm
Review VERBS at: http://www.getitwriteonline.com/archive/021901.htm http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/verbs.htm http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/auxiliary.htm
Review Making VERBS agree with PRONOUNS: http://www.getitwriteonline.com/archive/110805.htm
Review WRITING in general (tips) http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/GramPunct.html http://www.getitwriteonline.com/archive/tips.htm http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index.htm
Part II NOW try the sample test questions located at the following websites.
http://www.testprepreview.com/compass_practice.htm Commas Basic Grammar Intermediate Grammar Advanced Grammar Sentence Correction Sentence Correction 2

