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Preparing for the Test

Compass book

It is very important that you study for your placement test. We recommend spending at least two hours reviewing each test area writing, reading, and math. By obtaining a better score, you will have more class options and can get a head start towards achieving your academic goals.


To prepare for the COMPASS reading and writing exams:

You can begin with Chart Your Success on the Compass. It is a helpful guide that includes test-taking strategies and sample questions. It is available for purchase in the Durham Tech bookstore for $54.95. There are also several copies on reserve at the circulation desk of the Durham Tech Library.


To prepare for the NCDAP math exam:

Several online resources are available including a practice test, a iPhone app and web app that can be viewed on your computer or mobile device. The web app costs $2.99 for a 6-month access period. Additionally, Wake Tech offers a MOOC (free online course) covering introductory algebra that can help you prepare.


Practice questions and review material can also be found on the following websites: