COMPASS® Math Test

The Math Placement Test is a multiple-choice test designed to evaluate a student’s math abilities and basic skills in the following areas:


  • Mean, median, and mode
  • Fractions, decimals, and percentages
  • Integers, exponents, square roots, and scientific notation


  • Basic operations/factoring polynomials
  • Setting up equations and substitution
  • Linear equations with one or two variables
  • Radicals and rational expressions

College Algebra

  • Matrices (basic operations, equations, and determinants)
  • Arithmetic and geometric sequences and series
  • Functions and complex numbers


  • Angles (complementary, supplementary, adjacent, and vertical)
  • Rectangles (area and perimeter)
  • Triangles (area, perimeter, and Pythagorean theorem)
  • Circles (area, arcs, perimeter, etc.)
  • Three-dimensional concepts
  • Hybrid and composite shapes


  • Special angles (multiples of 30 and 45 degrees)
  • Trigonometric identities and functions
  • Trigonometric equations and inequalities
  • Right-triangle trigonometry
  • Graphs of trigonometric functions

At the lowest level, students will be tested on whether or not they are able to perform a sequence of basic operations. At higher levels, students will have to apply basic operations and sequences in either complex or novel ways. At the highest level, students will be expected to demonstrate a conceptual understand of the principles and relationships of mathematical operations.

Students are allowed to use calculators on the Math Placement Test. For more information about which devices can be used, check out the calculator guidelines.

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