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Computerized Placement Test Sample Questions


READING COMPREHENSION

Question 1: Narrative Question

Read the statement or passage and then choose the best answer to the question. Answer the question on the basis of what is stated or implied in the statement or passage.

Myths are stories, the products of fertile imagination, sometimes simple, often containing profound truths. They are not meant to be taken too literally. Details may sometimes appear childish, but most myths express a culture's most serious beliefs about human beings, eternity, and God.

The main idea of this passage is that myths

(A) are created primarily to entertain young children.

(B) are purposely written for the reader who lacks imagination.

(C) provide the reader with a means of escape from reality.

(D) illustrate the values that are considered important to a society.

Question 2: Sentence Relationships Questions

Two underlined sentences are followed by a question or statements about them. Read each pair of sentences and then choose the best answer to the question or the best completion of the statement.

The Midwest is experiencing its worst drought in fifteen years. Corn and soybean prices are expected to be very high this year.

What does the second sentence do?

(A) It restates the idea found in the first.

(B) It states an effect.

(C) It gives an example.

(D) It analyzes the statement made in the first.

Answers

Additional practice questions (PDF file) are available at the College Board website

SENTENCE SKILLS

Question 1: (Sentence Correction Question)

Select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original sentence. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first answer.

Ms. Rose planning to teach a course in biology next summer.

(A) planning

(B) are planning

(C) with a plan

(D) plans

Question 2: (Construction Shift Question)

Rewrite the sentence in your head, following the directions given below. Keep in mind that your new sentence should be well written and should have essentially the same meaning as the sentence given to you.

Being a female jockey, she was often interviewed.

Rewrite, beginning with: She was often interviewed...

The next word will be

(A) on account of she was

(B) by her being

(C) because she was

(D) being as she was

Answers

Additional practice questions (PDF file) are available at the College Board website

ARITHMETIC

Question 1: Solve the following problems and choose your answers from the alternatives given. You may use the paper you have been given for scratch work.

All of the following are ways to write 20 percent of N EXCEPT

(A) 0.20N

(B) 20/100 N

(C) 1/5 N

(D) 20N

Question 2: Which of the following is closest to √ 10.5

(A) 3

(B) 4

(C) 5

(D) 8

Question 3: Three people who work full time are at work together on a project, but their total time on the project is to be equivalent to that of only one person working full time. If one of the people is budgeted for 1/2 of his time to the project and a second person for 1/3 of her time, what part of the third worker's time should be budgeted for this project?

(A) 1/3

(B) 1/4

(C) 1/6

(D) 1/8

Answers

Additional practice questions (PDF file) are available at the College Board website

ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA

Question 1: If a number is divided by 4 and then 3 is subtracted, the result is 0. What is the number?

(A) 12

(B) 4

(C) 3

(D) 2

Question 2:  16X - 8 =

(A) 8X

(B) 8(2x-x)

(C) 8(2x-1)

(D) 8(2x-8)

Question 3:  If x2 - x - 6 = 0, then x is

(A) -2 or 3

(B) -1 or 6

(C) 1 or -6

(D) 2 or -3

Answers

Additional practice questions (PDF file) are available at the College Board website

Language Use

This test measures your skill in using correct grammar in English sentences.

There will be 2 different kinds of questions in this test. You will see a sample of each kind with the correct answer indicated.

SAMPLE QUESTION

The sentence below has a blank space. There are four words or phrases under the sentence. Choose the word or phrase that makes a grammatically correct sentence.

They _______________ the newspaper every day.

  • reads
  • is reading
  • read
  • does read

The correct answer is read. They read the newspaper every day.

SAMPLE QUESTION

Two sentences will be followed by 4 possible answers. Choose the answer that best combines the two sentences. The answer must be a grammatically correct sentence. It must also express the same thought as the first two sentences.

I sang in the choir. I enjoyed it.

  • In the choir singing, I enjoyed it.
  • In the choir to sing, I enjoyed.
  • I enjoyed to sing in the choir.
  • I enjoyed singing in the choir.

The correct answer is: I enjoyed singing in the choir.

Reading Skills

This test measures your skill in reading English.

Read each passage, then answer the question. Pick the best answer from the choices below the question.

SAMPLE QUESTION

Read the passage, then choose the best answer to the question.

My cousin lived in the city from 1984 to 1989.

When did my cousin live in the city?

  • After 1989
  • Before 1989
  • Between 1984 and 1989
  • Neither in 1984 nor in 1989

The correct answer is: Between 1984 and 1989. My cousin lived in the city between 1984 and 1989.

Sentence Meaning

This test measures how well you understand the meaning of sentences in English.

There will be two different kinds of questions in this test. You will see a sample of each kind with the correct answer indicated.

SAMPLE QUESTION

The sentence below has a blank space. Choose the word or phrase that makes the sentence meaningful and correct.

Mr. Swoboda grows roses, tomatoes, and carrots. That is why his friends say that he is a good _____________________.

  • gardener
  • builder
  • painter
  • florist

The correct answer is: gardener. Mr. Swoboda is a good gardener.

SAMPLE QUESTION

One or two sentences will be followed by a question. Choose the correct answer to the question,

The teacher called on Joe in class.

What did the teacher do?

  • Shouted to Joe.
  • Asked Joe a question.
  • Telephoned Joe.
  • Visited Joe.

The correct answer is: Asked Joe a question. The teacher asked Joe a question.

ANSWERS

Reading Comprehension

  1. D
  2. B

Sentence Skills

  1. D
  2. C

Arithmetic

  1. D
  2. A
  3. C

Elementary Algebra

  1. A
  2. C
  3. A