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English Assessment

NOTE: If you are a non-native speaker of English,
please click here to find out about English as a Second Language (ESL).

The English portion of Accuplacer Online consists of two sections – reading comprehension and sentence skills -- of 20 questions each.  The sections cannot be taken separately.

Reading Comprehension

This section evaluates how well you understand what you read.

Sometimes you will read a passage and then choose the best answer to a question based on that passage. These are called Narration questions. Answer these types of questions on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passage.

Other questions may ask you to choose how two sentences are related to each other. These are called Sentence Relationships. For these questions, you will decide if the statement in the second sentence supports that in the first, if it contradicts it, or if it repeats the same information.

Both Narrative and Sentence Relationship questions are varied in content to prevent bias because of a student's particular knowledge. Categories include: social sciences; natural and physical sciences; human relations and practical affairs, and the arts.

Each student will receive four, long reading passages, eight to nine questions based on short passages, and four to five questions involving sentence relationships.

Sentence Skills

This section tests your understanding of grammar, sentence structure and sentence logic. There are two types of questions: Sentence Correction and Construction Shift.

Sentence Correction questions will ask you to select the best version of the underlined part of a sentence. The first choice will be the same as the original, so if you think the original sentence is best, choose the first one.

Construction Shift questions will ask you to rewrite a sentence in your head. You will be told how to begin your new sentence. Your new sentence should be well written and should have essentially the same meaning as the sentence given you.

There are two drastically different types of Construction Shift questions. One begins the new sentence for you and asks you to choose from a list the words that will immediately follow the given phrase. The other begins the sentence for you and asks you to choose from a list a phrase that will be contained in the correct sentence. It is important to note that in this second type of question, the phrase you choose will not be one that immediately follows the given phrase.

See Sample English Questions.