COMPASS Mathematics Section

The length of the math test depends on your math skills – you will be faced with more questions if you have more math skills; fewer questions otherwise. The math portion of the test may take as few as 10 minutes or as long at 2 1/2 hours.

Calculators are provided for you; however you may bring your own calculator (subject to approval by facilitator).

With permission of a member of the math faculty, you may also take an Advanced Math Placement Test. Contact a testing supervisor for details.

Resources for COMPASS math preparation

  • Cliffs Quick Review: Basic Math and Pre-Algebra by Cliffs Notes (2001), ISBN 0764563742
  • Algebra I by Cliffs Notes (2001), ISBN 076456370X
  • Algebra II by Cliffs Notes (2001), ISBN 0764563718
  • Geometry by Cliffs Notes (2001), ISBN 0764563807
  • Pre-Calculus by Cliffs Notes (2001), ISBN 0764539841
  • Trigonometry by Cliffs Notes (2001), ISBN 0764563890
ACT sample questions

After opening your Internet browser, go to You will be able to see sample questions for math, reading, and writing.