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How does the placement test affect students and success at Coastal Carolina?

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics strongly recommends that students try to place into the highest level mathematics class by preparing for and successfully taking the COMPASS Math placement test. Several advantages to placing into the highest possible mathematics class include (but are not limited to)

* Students will need to take fewer mathematics courses to satisfy any requirements

* Students may pay less to take all their required mathematics courses

* Students placing into higher level mathematics courses will be eligible to enter their major sooner if their major has a minimum mathematics requirement

* Studies show that the 4 year graduation rate is strongly associated with placement into and success in higher level mathematics courses (pre-calculus and higher)


Study Resources

  1. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has created a preparatory course using the mymathtest system. The cost is $10 and the instructional guide can be found at http://screencast.com/t/4ipfLp14eRku.We strongly recommend that you go through this course prior to the retest.
  2. www.khanacademy.org. Select the math tab and get clear instructional videos on basic math, pre-algebra and algebra I. Especially helpful if you struggle with math concepts.
  3. http://coolmath.com.This is a colorful and fun site with excellent teaching units. Select “Pre-algebra” and “Algebra”.
  4. www.purplemath.com/modules/index.htm.This includes an extensive list of algebra helps. For the math placement test, concentrate mostly on the preliminary and beginning algebra topics.
  5. To test your skills to see if you are performing well on the subjects, you can go to http://www.act.org/compass/sample. In the left hand column, click on “COM- PASS TEST PREPARATION”. Then scroll down until you see the list of self assessment modules. These are free. Try to do all of them. The answer key is at the end of each practice test.
  6. Another study guide can be found at http://www.mycompasstest.com/study- guide/.
  7. More sample tests can be found at http://www.mycompasstest.com/practice-tests/practice-test-1/