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READING COMPREHENSION TEST
(30 minutes, 35 quesons)
Queson 1:
The study of history provides many beneî„®ts. First, we learn
from the past. We may repeat mistakes, but, at least, we have
the opportunity to avoid them. Second, history teaches us what
quesons to ask about the present. Contrary to some people’s
view, the study of history is not the memorizaon of names,
dates, and places. It is the thoughul examinaon of the forces
that have shaped the courses of human life. We can examine
events from the past and then draw inferences about current
events. History teaches us about likely outcomes.
Another beneî„®t of the study of history is the broad range of
human experience that is covered. War and peace are certainly
covered as are naonal and internaonal aairs.
However, maers of culture (art, literature, and music) are also
included in historical study. Human nature is an important part
of history: emoons like passion, greed, and insecurity have
inî…‡uenced the shaping of world aî„«airs. Anyone who thinks that
the study of history is boring has not really studied history.
1. What is the main idea of this passage?
A. Studying history helps us to live in today’s world.
B. Studying history is not just memorizaon.
C. The role of educaon is to help students deal with real life.
D. Students should study both naonal and internaonal
history.
2. In the î„®rst paragraph, inferences means
A. graphs
B. arcles
C. conclusions
D. circumferences
3. Which method of teaching history would the author of this
passage support?
A. Applying historical events to modern society.
B. Using î…‡ash cards to remember speciî„®c facts.
C. Weekly quizzes on dates and events.
D. Student compeons for most books memorized.
READING COMPREHENSION TEST
(30 minutes, 35 quesons) Connued
Queson 2:
Easter Island is without doubt the enigma of Polynesia. On
the one hand it has the most magniî„®cent stone monuments
and statues in the whole of Oceania; but on the other hand, its
prehistoric culture was uerly destroyed before outsiders had
any chance to make reliable records. Records of course there
are, but because they are so unreliable and contradictory they
have allowed Easter Island to be the subject of unprecedented
baerings by the lunac fringe, and to have its name linked
with such garbled trivia as sunken connents and astronauts.
Fortunately, however, not all is at the level of the “popular”
press, and some of the research carried out on the island since
1914 has been of excellent standard, parcularly that by the
Franco-Belgian expedion in 1934-35 and by the Norwegian
team under Thor Heyerdahl in 1955-56.
1. What is the main point of this passage?
A. Research reveals nothing of signiî„®cance about Easter Island.
B. Easter Island may have been occupied by astronauts.
C. The Franco-Belgian and Heyerdahl expedions are providing
some answers about Easter Island.
D. The monuments and statues on Easter Island are not fully
understood because the island’s prehistoric culture has been
destroyed.
2. From the way it is used in line 1, “enigma”’ most likely means?
A. puzzle
B. example
C. source
D. frustraon
3. The use of the phrase “baering by the lunac fringe” in line 4
serves to emphasize?
A. That senseless wars have been fought over Easter Island
B. That many people have been stubbornly irraonal in
discussing Easter Island
C. That Easter Island is probably imaginary
D. That Easter Island has been the subject of much science
con
4. Why was Thor Heyerdahl referred to?
A. He is the most recent researcher.
B. He discovered records from the prehistoric culture of Easter
Island.
C. He is an example of more valid and producve research
than has usually been conducted on Easter Island.
D. He represents a kind of research which the press does not
report.
Saddleback College
English Composition and Reading Exam Sample Question
Your English composition placement will be based upon a combination of your CTEP Comprehension, Sentence Structure and
Grammar, and Syntax Skills test scores. Reading placement is solely based upon the Reading Comprehension exam.
• Reading Comprehension exam contains seven reading passages and a total of 35 questions, each with four multiple choice
answers. The time limit for this test is 30 minutes.
• Sentence Structure and Grammar exam consists of 3 sections, each having 10 questions with four multiple choice answers.
The time limit for this test is 20 minutes.
• Sentence and Syntax Skills exam consists of 2 reading passages with a total of 40 words that have been left out. You will
select from four multiple choice answers on each question. The time limit for this test is 15 minutes.
Q1: 1=A, 2=C, 3=A Q2: 1=D, 2=A, 3=B, 4=C
Revised 6-12-14
SENTENCE STRUCTURE & GRAMMAR TEST
(20 minutes, 30 quesons)
Secon 1
In this secon, each queson contains 4 sentences. Choose the
best structured sentence.
Queson 1:
A. One of the musicians who is Eric has been looking for a
pracce room.
B. Eric, one of the musicians, are looking for a pracce room.
C. Eric who is one of the musicians who are looking for a
pracce room.
D. Eric, one of the musicians, is looking for a pracce room.
Queson 2:
A. California having big, old trees according to the portly
ranger.
B. The ranger said that the oldest and largest trees are in
California.
C. The ranger say that the oldest and largest trees are in
California.
D. The ranger say that the oldest and largest trees is California.
Secon 2
In this secon, you are given a sentence which has words le
out. Complete the sentence by choosing the correct answer from
the choices given.
Queson 1:
The workers le early and _____________ home.
A. gone
B. went
C. have dinner
D. drives
Queson 2:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughul, _________ people
can change the world.
A. ny
B. disinterested
C. commied
D. pride
Secon 3
In this secon, you are rst given two sentences. Then you are
given four choices of how these two sentences can be combined.
Queson 1:
• The trac was heavy.
• I was late to work.
A. I was late to work because the trac was heavy.
B. I was late to work, so the trac was heavy.
C. The trac was heavy, I was late to work.
D. The trac was heavy: and then I was late to work.
Queson 2:
• The writer’s ne pen ran out of ink.
• She nished wring the story with a short, dull pencil.
A. She nished wring the story with a short, dull pencil
however her î„®ne pen ran out of ink.
B. The writer’s ne pen ran out of ink although she nished
wring the story with a short, dull pencil.
C. The writer’s ne pen ran out of ink while she was wring
with a short, dull pencil.
D. The writer’s ne pen ran out of ink while wring a story but
she nished wring with a short, dull pencil.
SENTENCE & SYNTAX SKILLS
(15 minutes, 40 quesons)
Words have been le out of reading passages.
Choose the answer that will correctly î„®ll in
the blank. When you î„®nish, you should have
a logical and grammacal passage. It may be
useful to try to read the passage through to
check your answers.
Don’t get stuck; if one blank is dicult to ll in,
go on to the next one.
Queson 1:
It used to be common for densts to have to remove teeth.
However, with modern technology, (1)______ visits to the
denst’s oce and good (2)______ hygiene at home, most
people can keep (3)______ teeth for their enre lives.
1.
A. the
B. infrequent
C. regular
D. oî…Œen
2.
A. dental
B. person
C. cleaning
D. tooth
3.
A. their
B. his
C. front
D. cleaned
Queson 2:
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful
tone, “It means just what I (1)______it to mean – neither more
nor less.
“The queson is,” said Alice, “(2)_______ you can make words
mean dierent things.”
“The queson is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “(3)_______ is to be
master -- that’s all.”
1.
A. didn’t
B. sentence
C. choose
D. speak
2.
A. why
B. however
C. although
D. whether
3.
A. whose
B. which
C. those
D. if
Sec 1: Q1=D, Q2=B|Sec 2: Q1=B, Q2=C|Sec 3: Q1=A, Q2=DQ1: 1=C, 2=A, 3=A | Q2: 1=C, 2=D, 3=B