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Calculators

The biggest difference between the tests is that a simple calculator can be used during the test.  During the mathematics portion of the COMPASS test if you press the "L" key or click on the calculator button the calculator accessory in Windows will "POP" up. 

 

 

 

This is what the calculator will look like in standard view.  When the calculator is active it will "float" above the test and you will not be able to interact with the test until you deactivate the calculator. 

It is important to note that when the  calculator is in standard view it will not follow the Order of Operations.

3 + 5 * 4 = 32

 


If your prefer you can change the calculator to Scientific mode with the view menu.

When the calculator is in Scientific mode it will follow the Order of Operations

3 + 5 * 4 = 23

 

The Screen

The rectangle below represents the basic layout of the screen for COMPASS math question.

 

 

   COMPASS Math Test

Calculator

Help

 

What is the sum of the solutions of the equation x2 + 8x + 15 = 0?

 

A

  8

 

 

 

B

 -8

 

 

 

C

  2

 

 

 

D

 -2

 

 

 

E

 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go On

 

When you see this screen you can choose to do everything with a mouse or you can use the keyboard to make your selection and confirm your answer.  This table shows what keys are active during this portion of the test.

Key

Function

A

Selects answer A

B

Selects answer B     

C

Selects answer C

D

Selects answer D

E

Selects answer E

L

Activates the calculator

H

Activates the help screen

G

Confirms the selected answer and moves you to the next question. 

L = Calculator

Practice with the Windows calculator before you take the test.

H = Help

The help screen only explains how to enter your answer.

G= Confirms your answer and moves you ahead

This key/button will only work after you have selected one of the five answers A, B, C, D, E.
 



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