COMPASS Information

COMPASS is a computer-adaptive 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 re-take 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