About Macon State
OVERVIEW & PRE-TEST INFORMATION
COMPASS tests are now part of Macon State College’s admissions process.
COMPASS tests are untimed, multiple-choice tests that cover reading, writing, and mathematics (algebra).
The COMPASS software is adaptive - that means it delivers problems/questions to your screen in response to your answers.
The COMPASS adaptive software may give you additional problems/questions to confirm your skill level before leaving a subject.
Because Compass is adaptive, not everyone will receive the same number of problems/questions to answer.
The Reading exam assesses your current reading-skill level.Â Before starting the test, you will have a screen that will prompt you with commands to learn how to take the test. The right side of the screen has the current question and the possible responses. You can click anywhere on the correct answer, or you may type the letter of the correct response. Numbers in boxes below the question indicate the question number. The left side of the screen has the passage. You click on the "More" button to scroll through the passage.
You can change an answer to a question for the current passage by clicking on the numbered box for the question you want to see again; click on the response you want.Â You should be satisfied with all your answers for the completed passage before you click on "Go On" because you cannot revisit the passage.
The Writing Skills exam requires students to find and correct errors in an essay.Â These errors may be in the areas of usage and mechanics, including basic grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, and rhetorical skills, including strategy, organization and style.
CAREFULLY read and follow the directions before entering this section.
The mathematics (Algebra) test evaluates your ability in terms of basic algebraic skills.Â The COMPASS algebra examination includes mathematics items of three general levels of cognitive complexity: Â basic skills, application, and analysis.Â Below are areas that you may encounter during the algebra test: