Oakland Community College

 Math Department Practice Test

Students enrolling in Oakland Community College must complete the math placement test before registering in any mathematics course. (students with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and students attending OCC on an official guest application from another institution are not included)  The test is named COMPASS (COMputer-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System). You must arrange to take the test at the Academic Support Center (ASC) at your campus. For more information, see the Math Placement section of the New Student Information page.

To help you prepare for the ‘official’ COMPASS test, this practice test is provided. You can do this on your own at any time, as often as you wish, just for fun!

Please note, this practice test is different from the COMPASS test in the following ways:

  • Questions are multiple choice on the COMPASS test, but not on the practice test.
  • You may work with pencil and paper to solve each question, but the answers on the official COMPASS test are entered into the computer. 
  • A description is provided above every practice test question so you can get help, if needed. The actual COMPASS test will not identify topics.
  • Access to a basic scientific calculator will be provided during the official COMPASS exam.

TIPS for the practice test:

  • Don’t worry about questions that are unfamiliar to you. Accurate placement requires finding out what you know and what you don't know.
  • Pay attention to the questions you get wrong on the practice test. If you feel you should know these answers, you may want to review these topics.
  • See the section in the right margin 'Where to get additional help'.

The practice test covers topics in roughly the following order: Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, and Trigonometry.

Click the Practice Test button to download or print a copy of the Math Practice Test in Microsoft Word format. Complete the test then click the Answers button to see how you did. Best of luck!

For more information regarding math classes, click to the Mathematics Home page.

Where to get additional help:

Math Lab/Academic Support Center:

Math books for reviewing

Printed copy of practice test

 Counseling Centers:

Printed copy of practice test

 Math Department Offices:

Printed copy of practice test



There are practice tests available on the ACT.org website, too.

Click here to jump to the ACT site. You can see a few practice questions on the screen and download the practice math tests.  One sample test is Numerical Skills/PreAlgebra and Algebra and the other is College Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry. They are multiple choice questions and can be printed in Adobe PDF format.