# COMPASS test?

- 0Oct 18, '10 by Nelle84Hello all,

Did any of you have to take and pass a COMPASS test before enrolling in your CNA class? If so, what kind of math is involved? I'm not too great in math and i'm very nervous . ## Get the Hottest Nursing Topics Straight to Your Inbox!

- 2Oct 18, '10 by KitseyOh yes! I had to take the COMPASS Test in May because it had been more than 5 years since I'd graduated High School, and like you I was terrified I would not pass the math portion! I had to do Reading, Writing, and Pre-Algebra. I'm not sure if it differs place to place, but when I got to the testing site I was told that the 'Math' portion of the test included both Pre-Algebra and Algebra questions, but that only the Pre would count towards our placement domain score. I needed a score of I believe 32 to pass, and I ended up with a 90 (I am downright HORRID at math) Just study at home before your test and I'm sure you'll do fine. This is the main site I used to practice...

CUNY COMPASS Math Review Site

I just kept doing the diagnostic tests and practices until I could get them all right (actually had to teach myself most of it, cause I sure didn't remember any of it! :P) - 2Nov 14, '10 by RevolutioN2013I just took my Compass test. There are 4 sections. The first two are English. In the first you correct sentences in a passage that have puncuation and grammar errors. In the second you are being tested on reading comprehension. The second two sections are math. Section 1 is pre-algebra and section 2 is algebra 1. None of the sections are timed. You may use a basic calculator (not a graphing calc) and you will be provided pencil and scratch paper. The test is adaptive which means that as you answer questions correctly the material becomes harder. When the program decides that you have answered enough questions in each section it will move you to the next. I graduated high school in 1987 so I had no done any math for a while. I purchased Pre-Algebra for Dummies and Algebra I for Dummies. These books were very clear and helped me a lot. Unfortunately I ran out of time studying and really didn't get to do the entire algebra 1 book. I scored 92nd percentile on the pre-algebra and 56th percentile on the algebra 1. I was always an "English" person in high school and never did great on math. Oh, here's a link to a Compass test practice site. The practice questions were almost identical to what was on the test. If you can do well on all of these you will do just fine!

http://www.act.org/compass/tests/index.html

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