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COMPASS Preparation

Planning to attend Fall 2016 or later

If planning to come Fall 2016 or later, go to the Placement Exam Preparation page for review materials.

Planning to attend Summer 2016

Wallace Community College seeks to encourage and to assist students in making appropriate preparations for taking college placement exams for the purpose of academic placement. Our hope is that all students are placed appropriately in the courses that will do the most to insure their academic success. Preparing well for placement exams can enhance a student’s performance and thus proper academic placement. Higher academic placement can reduce the overall course load for students in their selected program, minimizing time and saving money.  For COMPASS test dates, please click here.

COMPASS Practice

  • English and Reading only: English and Reading Practice Exam (select "Practice COMPASS Writing" or "Practice COMPASS Reading" for options)
  • COMPASS Preview: Test Preview
  • Sample questions from ACT: COMPASS ACT (this site was created by the same company as COMPASS. (Select "For Students," then select “Sample Questions," and finally select the subject area: Math, Reading, or Writing Skills).

Mathematics Placement Exam Preparation

The Mathematics Department and Transitional Studies Division realize that many students struggle with mastering mathematics content. Our hope is to assist students in the preparation for taking the Mathematics Placement Exam. In order to assist in this objective the Mathematics Department and Transitional Studies Division has designed two preparation pathways.

Basic Preparation Pathway
This pathway includes two content practice exams which focus on mathematical skills in the following areas:
  1. Pre-Algebra knowledge and skills - Answer Sheet with Videos
  2. Algebra knowledge and skillsAnswer Sheet with Videos
These two practice test documents are accompanied by answer documents and links to videos showing all problems worked out for both tests.

Detailed Preparation Pathway
Wallace Community College provides a link to EdReady for students to use in preparation for taking the COMPASS placement test for mathematics.  This link will allow students to register for and use a MOOC (Open Course) free of charge to address mathematical topics encountered when taking the COMPASS placement test.  Using this service will require a general registration procedure. To register use the "GET STARTED" button.  Please write down and keep your login information because Wallace Community College faculty and staff do not have the ability to help with forgotten login information.

Once registered, each student must first choose a goal for using EdReady.  Students should choose the goal labeled as, "Prepare for Common Placement Exams."  Once there, select from three options:

    1.    "Accuplacer Prep - Complete Test"
    2.    "COMPASS Prep - Complete Test"
    3.    "Placement Test Prep - COMPASS + Accuplacer"


Next, take the Initial Assessment. The results of this assessment will be used to determine areas of strengths and weaknesses before taking the actual placement test. Students should use the available learning modules in order to improve their scores on the COMPASS placement test. The learning modules contain a number of valuable resources such as quizzes, video instruction, and short assignments to help students strengthen their mathematics skills.