Try our second free ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension practice test. The Accuplacer reading test includes a series of passages along with 20 multiple-choice questions. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas including literature, literary nonfiction, social studies, humanities, and science. Both single and paired passages are included. Read the passages below and answer the questions based on what is stated or implied in the passages.
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The writer believes Queen Elizabeth I did not marry because
she did not want to diminish her power.
she did not fall in love.
there were not suitable matches.
she was preoccupied with the English Renaissance.
Within the context of the passage, the word “sedentary” in sentence 2 most nearly means
enjoying leisure time
How does sentence 2 function within the passage?
It emphasizes the importance of the main idea in sentence 1.
It provides a contrast to the main idea in sentence 1
It proposes an alternate invention to the one mentioned in sentence 1
It analyzes the statement made in sentence 1.
The audience for this passage can be best described as
journalists at a press conference
The purpose of the passage is to
explore the possibility of life in outer space.
fundraise for further research.
announce the discovery of a new planet.
describe the conditions required for the ‘Goldilocks’ zone.
The author uses the word “traditionally” to signal to readers that the passage will
explore ideas that are generally accepted by the scientific community.
offer evidence that challenges traditional thinking.
reinforce the idea that tradition is very important in the scientific community.
conclude that no one really knows how phenomena like this occurs.
The main idea of the paragraph suggests that Paine
influenced people to migrate from England to the colonies.
contributed to the colonists’ growing sense of group identity.
refuted the notion that most colonists emigrated from Britain.
had come from a country other than England.
We can conclude from the information in the passage that
each generation of the iPhone has been better than the last.
Siri was released after the App Store was launched.
the App Store is older than the iPhone.
the iPhone is more popular in Europe than Asia.
In the context of the passage, “seasoned” in sentence 3 most nearly means
One would most likely find this passage in which of the following types of publications?
a science textbook
a health and fitness magazine
a medical journal
How does the end of the first sentence (“but how they do this has mystified scientists for more than fifty years”) function within the rest of the passage?
It highlights how difficult it is for sea turtles to find the right place to nest.
To stress the importance of the discovery mentioned later in the passage.
To criticize the scientist’s lack of progress in understanding sea turtles.
To convince people to contribute to efforts to save the sea turtle.
The structure of this passage can be best described as
exploring a theory
problem and solution
cause and effect
Based on the first paragraph of the passage, which of the following provides the best characterization of Sami and Marissa’s relationship?
They have a very contentious relationship and don’t get along well.
They relate to each other more like a mother and daughter than two sisters.
Marissa resents Sami for her happiness and Sami wishes she didn’t always have to clean up after Marissa.
They are loving sisters who try to get under each other’s skin.
How does the fact that Sami was, “eyeing the pale skin of [Marissa’s] empty finger” add more meaning to Sami’s response to her sister in paragraph 4?
Sami is bragging that even though they both pursued Phil, she had one.
Sami is making fun of her sister, who hasn’t found a husband yet.
Sami is criticizing her sister because Marissa’s marriage is falling apart.
Sami has been divorced before and knows what signs to look for.
Marissa’s note that Sami had been “planning for this day forever,” is most likely a criticism of the fact that
Sami’s marriage is going to fail.
Sami is an obsessive planner and needs to make sure everything is perfect.
it’s taken so long for her older sister to find someone.
the wedding does not seem like it’s been well-planned out.
The ending of the passage suggests that which of the following has happened?
Marissa intentionally tried to ruin her sister’s wedding by having an affair with Marissa’s fiancé.
Marissa had hurt Sami on this important day to get revenge for all the hurt she had caused Marissa.
Marissa was trying to reconcile with her husband and make her marriage work.
Marissa’s marriage was falling apart because she caught James and Phil having an affair.
The main purpose of the last paragraph of Passage 1 is to
provide an update to Cronon’s 25-year-old complaint about environmentalism.
refute Cronon’s claim and prove why he was wrong about the wilderness.
further support the argument presented in the first paragraph.
summarize Cronon’s newest articles on the subject of environmentalism.
The author of Passage 2 uses the phrase “cry wolf” in order to
warn people about the dangers of not taking environmentalism seriously.
point out that, like the fairy tale, environmentalists continue to make claims about a danger that doesn’t exist.
identify an animal species that needs to be saved from man-made climate change.
identify the precise method in which environmentalists lie to the public.
Which choice best describes the relationship between the two passages?
Passage 1 introduces the idea of environmentalism, and Passage 2 explores it in more detail.
Passage 1 is a biased discussion of environmentalism, while Passage 2 remains objective.
Passage 1 argues for environmentalism, while Passage 2 questions the validity of the claims made by environmentalists.
Passage 2 offers a direct response to the claims made in Passage 1.
Given the evidence in each of the passages, with which statement would the authors of both passages most likely agree?
It is clear that humans have had a negative impact on the environment.
Environmentalists are often wrong about their claims.
William Cronon was right when he suggested that people needed to make realistic changes to try to improve the environment.
Some people deny that climate change is affected by humans.