Reading Comprehension – A Short Review
The reading comprehension section of the Accuplacer English test consists of 20 questions which measure your ability to understand a text and draw conclusions and inferences from it.
There are two types of reading comprehension questions. The first type introduces 10 reading passages followed by a question based on each passage. The second type consists of 10 pairs of sentences followed by a question about the relationship between the two sentences. These questions assess your level in five main skills:
- Critical thinking skills
- Understanding complicated written material
- Identifying main ideas
- Understanding direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas
- Identifying the relationship between two sentences
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Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Sample Questions
Passage Related Question
After you have read the passage, choose the best answer to the question based on what the passage implies.
Microwave popcorn is a convenience food intended to be heated in a microwave. In addition to the dried corn, the bags contain cooking oil, salt, and other flavorings. The folded bag is placed in the microwave, and, as a result of pressure from the heated kernels, it inflates. The design of the microwave popcorn bag was patented by General Mills in 1981. Although microwave popcorn may be a convenient way to enjoy a salty, tasty snack, popcorn is far more fresh and crunchy when popped the old-fashioned way - in a pot on the stovetop.
This passage implies that the writer thinks that microwave popcorn
C.is not the best choice
D.was intended as a cereal
Answer (C) is correct.
In the last sentence of the passage, the author mentions that preparing popcorn in a pot on the stovetop makes for fresher and crunchier popcorn than the microwave popcorn. Answer (A) is incorrect because health is not mentioned in the passage. Answer (B) is incorrect because the first sentence of the passage clearly categorizes microwave popcorn as “convenience food.” Answer (D) is incorrect because there is no mention in the passage of what popcorn was intended as, it is mentioned only as a snack.
Sentence Relationship Question
This question deals with the relationship between two sentences, for example, if one contradicts or agrees with the other, if the second one repeats the same information, or if the second one reinforces the statement made in the first. Choose the best answer for the question.
According to various international studies, the world’s most popular color is blue.
The DuPont Automotive Color Popularity Report states that the top five colors for cars are white, black, silver, gray and red, in that order.
How do the two sentences relate?
A.They contradict each other.
B.They express roughly the same idea.
C.They present problems and solutions.
D.They establish a contrast.
Answer (D) is correct.
The first sentence states that blue is the most popular color in the world; however, blue is not among the top five popular colors for cars, according to the second sentence. The sentences establish a contrast. With that said, the sentences do not contradict each other, as they do not make opposite or contradictory statements; therefore, answer (A) is incorrect. Answer (B) is incorrect because the sentences do not express the same idea. The first sentence deals with the popularity of a specific color, and the second sentence deals with car colors. Answer (C) is incorrect because neither sentence presents a problem or a solution.
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