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COMPASS Preparation

COMPASS Preparation

What is a Placement Test and Why Is It Important?

The City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) uses the COMPASS Placement Test to evaluate a student's knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and math. It helps to determine how prepared a student is for college level coursework. Depending on test results, students will be placed in college credit, developmental, and/or non-credit (pre-credit) classes. Developmental and non-credit courses in an academic discipline (such as math) must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in college credit courses in that discipline.

It is very important to do your very best work on the placement test so you are placed appropriately in courses where you can succeed and make progress. Time spent in developmental or non-credit courses will delay your enrollment into college level courses.

How to Prepare for the COMPASS Placement Test

How to Prepare for the COMPASS Math Test

It may have been a while since you have practiced math, it would be a good idea to get some solid practice prior to taking a placement test.  The City Colleges of Chicago are pleased to offer a free practice math test that is like a sample COMPASS test.  It is called My Math Test.  Follow the link below to get access to this free tool save some time and money.

COMPASS Test Taking Tips

COMPASS Calculator Guidelines

Final Thoughts

Does it pay to invest time in preparing for the COMPASS Placement Test? You bet! You need to know what to expect... so there are no surprises on test day. You may know the subject matter to be tested... but not have used it for a while. Review, brush up your skills and knowledge. It is the best way to ensure that you do your best work on test day. If you have questions about the placement test at your college, contact your Test Center. Good luck!