**Math Compass - Guidelines and Hints**

Your exit test is
scheduled for _______________________ time:_____________ arrive at:___________

**Study for the test using:**

·
your
Math 0098 assessments and module
practice problems

·
the practice
tests provided at Andrea Hendricks’ web site

·
GPC computerized
COMPASS tutorials in computer labs (ask you instructor about these)

·
sample questions
at www.act.org/compass/sample/algebra.html

**The days before you take the test:**

·
Get enough
sleep.

·
Maintain
your habits for exercising and eating.

·
Check
out the ACT web site for general information on the COMPASS

**Test day: **

·
Eat
normally the day of the test.

·
Where: Testing
Center of appropriate campus. Review campus directions
and maps, if needed. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early.

·
Bring a
GPC student ID or driver’s license.

·
Know
your GPC student number, instructor's name, and course section number.

·
The
Testing Center will provide a graphing calculator and scratch paper.

·
Dress
comfortably and in multiple layers.

·
Food,
drinks, books, notes, and children are not allowed in the Testing Center.

**While taking the Compass:**

·
The
Testing Administrator will check your student ID and assign you a computer once
you enter the testing room. You will also be asked to read some instructions
before you begin your test.

·
You will
be given one sheet of scratch paper at a time. If you need another sheet, the
testing administrator will take the used one from you and provide you with a
clean sheet.

·
Testing
Center personnel will not answer any questions about the test after your test
has started.

·
When you
are asked about the educational program, choose EXIT.

·
After
you enter some demographical information, you should be given a couple of
sample problems so you can get comfortable with the computer.

·
Take
your time, particularly at the beginning of the test. **Remember: this is not a timed test!**

·
You
cannot skip a problem and then go back to it. Therefore, you may not change an
answer once it has been entered into the computer. If you have a tendency to
make mistakes when working on a computer, write your answer down on your
scratch paper and then enter your answer. (To enter your answer, you may type
the letter of the correct answer, use your mouse, or use the spacebar. Once an
answer is highlighted you will confirm your answer and press ENTER to submit
it.)

·
If you
do not know how to solve a problem, select the answer you think is most
reasonable.

·
Read
each problem carefully. The problems may be stated differently than you are
used to seeing them.

·
On your
scratch paper: Be organized, write down each problem as you work it.

·
If you
miss a problem, it is very likely that you will be given almost the same
problem again with the numbers changed.
Therefore, if you are given a problem almost identical to an earlier
problem, you might want to go back over the original problem for a possible
error. If you do get a similar problem, this __does not__ necessarily mean
you missed the earlier one!

**Results:**

·
When
your test is over, a screen with STOP will appear. Press Enter at this time.

·
Then
turn in your graphing calculator and scratch paper to the test proctor. The
proctor will give you a printout with your test results before you leave the
Testing Center.

·
**A passing grade is 37 or higher. **If you do not make a 37 on your first
attempt, reschedule a retest appointment before you leave.