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Reading Comprehension – Sample Questions
Here are a couple of types of reading questions you will encounter. One is a
narrative, where
you read a small passage and answer a question. The other kind of question asks
you about
the relationship between two sentences.
Sample of a 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.
There are two types of pottery that I do. There
is production pottery  mugs, tableware  the kinds of things that sell easily. These pay for my time to do other work, which is more creative and satisfies my needs as an artist. The author of this passage implies that: (A) artists have a tendency to waste valuable time (B) creativity and massproduction are incompatible (C) most people do not appreciate good art (D) pottery is not produced by creative artists 
And the Answer is
The correct answer is (B) creativity and
massproduction are incompatible. The first
sentence points out there are two types of pottery this artist does. The next
sentence talks about
‘production’ pottery. The last sentence points out the contrast in the two types
of pottery. While
the artist does production pottery for money, the ‘other work’ is more creative.
The writer of this
passage never mentions wasting time (answer A), what people appreciate (answer
C) or that
pottery is not produced by creative artists. In fact, the implication is that
the writer is a creative
artist and does both production pottery and pottery that is more artistic.
Sample of a Sentence Relationships Question:
Two sentences are followed by a question or a statement 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 draught 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. 
And the Answer is
The correct answer is (B) It states an effect. The
first sentence talks about bad, dry weather.
The second sentence says the prices of crops will be high this year. The second
sentence does
not talk about the dry weather at all, so it does not restate (choice A) or give
an example (choice
C). The second sentence does analyze the weather (choice D). The second sentence
leads us
to believe that one of the effects of the dry weather is higher crop prices
(choice B).
Mathematics – Sample Questions
We use three assessments for Math. If you have been out of
school for a while or never took
algebra, you will probably start with the Arithmetic assessment . Depending upon
your score,
you may also take the Elementary Algebra assessment . Here are samples from the
three
assessments.
Samples of Arithmetic
The arithmetic test uses 16 questions to measure your skills in three primary
categories:
• Operations with whole numbers and fraction
o Addition , subtraction, multiplication, and division
o Recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers
• Operations with decimals and percents
o Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
o Percent problems, decimal recognition, and fractions
o Percent equivalencies, and estimation problems
• Applications and problem solving
o Rate, percent, and measurement problems
o Geometry problems
o Distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts
Solve the following problems and choose your
answer 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) 20N / 100 (C) 1N / 5 (D) 20N 
Answer: D
Which of the following is closest to (A) 3 (B) 4 (C) 5 (D) 8 
Answer: A
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 1/3 of her time, what part of the third worker's time should be budgeted to this project? (A) 1/3 (B) 1/4 (C) 1/6 (D) 1/8 
Answer: C
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Samples of Elementary Algebra
The Elementary Algebra assessment uses 12 questions in
three categories:
• Operations with integers and rational numbers
o Computation with integers and negative rationals
o The use of absolute values, and ordering
• Operations with algebraic expressions
o Monomials and polynomials
o The evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents
o Simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring
• Equation solving , inequalities, and word problems
o Geometric reasoning
o The translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions
o Graphing
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 
Answer: A
16x  8 (A) 8x (B) 8(2xx) (C) 8(2x1) (D) 8(2x8) 
Answer: C
If x²  x  6 = 0 then x is: (A) 2 or 3 (B) 1 or 6 (C) 1 or 6 (D) 2 or 3 
Answer: A
Samples of CollegeLevel Mathematics
The CollegeLevel Mathematics assessment uses 20 questions to measure
proficiency from
intermediate algebra through pre calculus. The categories covered include:
• Algebraic operations
o Simplifying rational algebraic expressions
o Factoring and expanding polynomials
o Manipulating roots and exponents
• Solutions of equations and inequalities
o The solution of linear and quadratic equations by factoring
o Expanding polynomials
o Manipulating roots and exponents
• Coordinate geometry
o Plane geometry
o The coordinate plane straight lines, conics , sets of points in a plane
o Graphs of algebraic functions
• Application and other algebra topics
o Complex numbers
o Series and sequences
o Determinants, permutations
o Combinations, fractions
o Word problems
• Functions and trigonometry
o Polynomial, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic
o Trigonometric functions
If f(x) = x4  x + 2 then f(x)= (A) x4  x (B) x4 + x (C) x4  x + 2 (D) x4 + x +2 
Answer: D
The equation x2 + 2ix  4 = 0 has as its roots

Answer: E
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