Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Test. The Accuplacer Reading Comprehension section tests critical thinking skills, which means that it tests ones ability to understand and apply information that is read.
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If you have time, a good way to prepare for the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension test is to read as much as possible and quiz yourself upon finishing individual paragraphs. You can read newspaper and magazine articles, or books. After reading a paragraph, ask yourself what point the author was making. If you do not know or did not understand what was being discussed, then try to examine the paragraph more closely in order to uncover the big picture.
From information you read, try to make conclusions. For example, if it was cold when someone shoveled his driveway, there was probably snow on the ground.
Sample question in which you must infer information:
1. Cheating is the ultimate trick a student plays on him or herself. Aside from the primary point of making an absolute mockery of the purpose of a college education, there is also the fact that there is no way a student can avoid being found out - there is at least one person who will always know about it.
With which of the following statements would the author agree?
a. Students should not cheat because someone will find out and report it.
b. Cheating really hurts the cheater.
c. Professors should expect students to cheat.
Sample question about the main idea:
2. Many college students do not want to take a math class. When they learn that math is requirement, these students hope for a way to avoid it. These students may be suffering from math anxiety, an overwhelming fear of the subject, rather than an intellectual impairment.
The main idea of this passage is:
a. Many students are bad at math
b. Students who are bad at math can avoid taking it.
c. Students who hope to avoid math may have math anxiety.
Do not get discouraged by unfamiliar words. You can often figure out what the answer is even if you do not know the definitions of all of the words in a paragraph. Also, you can often figure out the definition of a word by its context.
4. The above 2 sentences:
5. What does the second sentence do?
This site has interactive practice questions that focus on finding main ideas in paragraphs.
This site provides a general reading practice test.
This site provides an extensive archive of stories; each one accompanied by an outline, questions and activities.
Accuplacer 61-77 or THEA 200-229
(or passing grade on reading 80)
Accuplacer 44-60 or THEA 180-199
(or passing grade on reading 70)
Accuplacer 0-43 or THEA 100-179