An English practice test is often administered to those that speak English as a second language as well as others that are applying for admittance to a college or other learning institution that requires a certain level of proficiency in the English language. It may be given to measure ability or to determine if the student needs to work on their mastery of the language.
English placement test practice is given in all 50 states. Each state has their own specific tests and within each state, there are various versions with different English test questions. Universities may have their own English practice test and so may high schools or even some employers that require excellent English to perform the job.
Most tests are fairly similar in the areas they cover and the questions they ask. Typical English placement test practice might include proper construction of a sentence, reading comprehension, and the correct use of nouns, verbs, and other basic grammar.
Following is a representative sample of the type of English test questions you might see on an English practice test.
1 - Usage - Choose the Best Answer
Mr. Smith ___________ to the store, bought some milk, gave the clerk $5.00 and _________ back $2.25 in change.
a) gone / got b) went / had c) went / got d) gone / had
2 - Usage - Which sentence is punctuated properly?
a) The suspect broke, free ran through the street, turned the corner and escaped.
b) The suspect broke free, ran through the street, turned the corner and escaped
c) The suspect broke free, ran through the street, turned the corner and escaped.
d) The suspect broke, free ran through the street, turned the corner and, escaped.
3 - Comprehension - Read the Short Paragraph and Choose the Answer That Must Be True
Jack had 3 sisters and 3 brothers. He was not the oldest and not the youngest. All of the girls had red hair. Jack had red hair. Everyone else had brown hair.
a) Jack had 3 older brothers and 3 younger sisters.
b) Jack's brothers all had brown hair.
c) Jack was one of 6 children.
d) Jack liked his oldest sister more than any other sibling.
Answers: 1) c 2) c 3) b