Sentence Skills – A Short Review
The sentence skills section of the Accuplacer English test consists of 20 questions that measure your understanding of English grammar and correct sentence structure.
There are two types of questions in the Accuplacer sentence skills test. The first type introduces sentence correction questions; students are asked to choose the most appropriate word or phrase to substitute for the underlined portion of the sentence. The second type consists of construction shift questions; students are asked to rewrite a sentence according to the criteria shown while maintaining the same meaning as the original sentence. These questions assess your level in three main skills:
- Identifying complete and grammatically correct sentences
- Understanding coordination and subordination
- Recognizing errors and illogical combinations
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Accuplacer Sentence Skills Sample Questions
In the first question, select the best replacement for the underlined part of the sentence. Answer (A) is the same as the original sentence. If you think the original sentence is best, choose answer (A).
To feature as an egg, Humpty Dumpty is actually never mentioned as being one in the Humpty Dumpty Nursery Rhyme.
A.To feature as an egg,
B.While featured as an egg,
C.As featured as an egg,
D.In featuring as an egg,
Answer (B) is correct.
The original sentence attempts to create a modifying phrase, but incorrectly begins it with an infinitive rather than a gerund or a past participle. In addition, the sentence is illogical as it lacks a conjunction that it needs in order to explicitly express the contradiction between the two parts of the sentence. Answers (C) and (D) repeat the logic error. Answer (B) is correct because it logically conveys the idea that, despite the fact that Humpty Dumpty is featured as an egg, he is not actually mentioned as being one in the Humpty Dumpty Nursery Rhyme.
The next question presents a sentence along with the beginning of a rewrite of that sentence. Choose the answer which best continues the rewrite while maintaining the same meaning as the original sentence.
While round hair follicles produce straight hair, oval follicles produce curly hair.
Rewrite, beginning with
Round hair follicles produce straight hair,
The next words will be
A.because oval follicles produce curly hair.
B.but oval follicles produce curly hair.
C.nevertheless oval follicles produce curly hair.
D.even though oval follicles produce curly hair.
Answer (B) is correct.
Answer (A) uses the conjunction “because”, which illogically states cause between the two clauses. Answer (C) incorrectly uses the conjunction “nevertheless” after a comma, rather than after a period or a semi-colon. The subordinating conjunction “even though” in answer (D) incorrectly follows the comma that appears at the end of the first clause. Answer B correctly uses the coordinating conjunction "but" after a comma.
The new sentence should read: Round hair follicles produce straight hair, but oval follicles produce curly hair.
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