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Reading Comprehension

Designed to measure how well you understand what you read, this test contains 17 questions. Some are of the sentence relationship type in which you must choose how two sentences are related. Other questions refer to reading passage of varying lengths. Some passages are 75 words in length, while others are longer.

Sample Questions for 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 product of fertile imaginations, 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

  1. are created primarily to entertain young children.
  2. are purposely written for the reader who lacks imagination.
  3. provide the reader with a means of escape from reality
  4. illustrate the values that are considered important to a society.

Question 2: (Sentence relationship Question):

Two underlined sentences are followed by a question or statement about them. Read each pair of sentences and then choose the best answer to the question or the best completion of the statement. 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 15 years.

Corn and soybean prices are expected to be high this year.

What does the second sentence do?

  1. It restates the idea found in the first.
  2. It states an effect.
  3. It gives an example.
  4. It analyzes the statement made in the first.

Writing Sample

You will be required to write a 300-400 word essay. You will be given a topic. Based on the evaluation of your essay, an appropriate placement will be made.


The Arithmetic test measures your skills in three primary categories. The first is operations with whole numbers and fractions. This includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers. The second category involves operations with decimals and percents. It includes addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as percent problems, decimal recognition, fraction and percent equivalence's, and estimation problems. The last category involves application and problem solving. Questions include rate, percent, and measurement problems, geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts. This test has sixteen questions.

Sample Questions in Arithmetic

Question 1:

Solve following problem and chose your answer from the alternatives given. You may use the paper you have been given for scratch paper.

All of the following are ways to write 20 percent of N, except

  1. 0.20 N
  2. 20/100 N
  3. 1/5 N
  4. 20 N

Question 2:

Which of the following is closest to 10.5 ?

  1. 3
  2. 4
  3. 5
  4. 8

Question 3:

Three people who work full time are to 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 to this project?

  1. 1/3
  2. 1/4
  3. 1/6
  4. 1/8

Elementary Algebra

There are also three categories in the Elementary Algebra test. The first, operations with integers and rational numbers, includes computation with integers and negative rationales, the use of absolute values, and ordering. The second category is operations with algebraic expressions. This tests your skills in the evaluation of simple formulas and expressions and in adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. Both of these categories include questions about multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring. The third category tests skills in equation solving, inequalities, and word problems. These questions include solving systems of linear equations, the solution of quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in algebraic context, geometric reasoning, the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions, and graphing. The test has twelve questions.

Sample Questions for Elementary Algebra

Question 1:

If a number is divided by 4 and then 3 is subtracted the result is 0. What is that number?

  1. 12
  2. 4
  3. 3
  4. 2

Question 2:


  1. 8x
  2. 8(2x-x)
  3. 8(2x-1)
  4. 8(2x-8)

Question 3

If x2-x-6=0, then x is

  1. -2 or 3
  2. -1 or 6
  3. 1 or -6
  4. 2 or -3

College Level Mathematics

The College Level Mathematics test assesses proficiency from intermediate algebra through pre-calculus. Six categories are covered. Algebraic operations include simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring and expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents. The category of solutions of equations and inequalities includes the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems and other algebraic equations. Coordinate geometry asks questions about plane geometry, the coordinate plane, and graphs of algebraic functions. Applications and other algebra topics asks about complex numbers in a series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions and word problems. The last category, functions and trigonometry, presents questions about polynomial, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Twenty questions are included in the test.

Sample Questions for College-Level Mathematics

Question 1:

If f(x) = x4-x+2, then f(-x)=

  1. x4-x
  2. x4+x
  3. x4-x+2
  4. x4+x+2
  5. x4-x-2

Question 2:

The equation x2-2ix-4=0 has as its roots

  1. 5-1, - 5-1
  2. 5-i, 5+i
  3. 3-i, - 5+i
  4. 3-i, 3+i
  5. sqrt (3) + i - sqrt (3) - i

Question 3:

In triangle ABC, side a=12, b=16, and sinB=2/3. What is the measure of angle A in degrees?

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