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Compass   Test


The Compass Test is a placement tool used to place students in the appropriate math and writing classes. To register for a COMPASS Test visit or call (406) 496-3745 or (406) 496-4418.

Study Resources/Practice Tests

The program lets you check your readiness for college math then gives you a personalized study path. By taking advantage of this wonderful tool, you may be able to avoid spending extra time and money in remedial college classes. It can also serve as a refresher before you start a math class.

Mometrix COMPASS Test Preparation

This site provides free content videos to help with Math, Reading, and Writing and has practice materials.


  1. Go to
  2. Select “for students”
  3. Click “sample test questions” located on left side of screen

Note that “more practice” on bottom of page can be printed and an answer key is included.

Who needs to take the Compass Test?

  • Non-traditional Freshmen
  • Transfer students - the test may be waived if you've taken college level math (within the last two years) and writing and achieved a grade of C or better.
  • College of Technology freshmen - ACT or SAT scores may be used in lieu of the compass test if you've received a minimum of 18 in math and English on the ACT, or a minimum score of 440 in math and English on the SAT.


There is a $25 fee for the Compass Test which is payable in advance at the North Campus Business Office. The Business Office hours are 8:30 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday and they can be reached at (406)496-4250. You must bring your paid receipt the day of the test.