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About the English Assessment Test

The English part of the test consists of two sections of 20 questions each. The first section is a reading comprehension section. The second is a sentence skills section. This part of the test results in a placement into English and Reading courses.


About the Reading Comprehension Section

The Reading Comprehension section of the English test 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 reading passages and sentence relationship questions are varied according to content categories to help prevent bias because of a student's particular knowledge. These categories include social sciences, natural and physical sciences, human relations and practical affairs, and the arts. In the Reading Comprehension test, for example, each student will receive four long reading passages, eight to nine questions based on short passages, and four to five questions involving sentence relationships.

This section of the test consists of 20 questions. It is an integral component of the English part and cannot be taken separately.


About the Sentence Skills Section

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

In Sentence Correction, you will be given questions which 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.

In Construction Shift, you will be asked 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.

It is important to note there are two drastically different types of Construction Shift questions. One begins the new sentence for you and asks you to choose the words that will immediately follow the given phrase from a list. The other begins the sentence for you and asks you to choose a phrase which will be contained in the correct sentence from a list. 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.

This section of the test consists of 20 questions. It is an integral component of the English part and cannot be taken separately.