Written by Elizabeth W. Smith, Manatee Community College
Funded by an MCC mini-grant provided by the MCC Foundation
This page contains 15 sample items to prepare students for the sentence skills portion of the College Placement Test. These sample items reflect the style and format of the questions on the College Placement Test.
The following information is from the Coordinator’s Guide provided by The College Board.
“The placement test has 35 questions in the sentence skills portion of the test. The questions are divided into two types: sentence correction questions and construction shift questions. The first type requires an understanding of sentence structure. These questions ask students to choose the most appropriate word or phrase to substitute for the underlined portion of the sentence. The second type asks that a sentence be rewritten according to the criteria shown while maintaining essentially the same meaning as the original sentence.
Within these two primary categories, the questions are also classified according to the skills being tested. Some questions deal with the logic of the sentence, others with whether or not the answer is a complete sentence, and still others with the relationship between coordination and subordination. In a manner similar to Reading Comprehension questions, these questions are varied according to categories to prevent bias because of a student’s particular knowledge. These categories include social sciences, natural and physical sciences, human relations ad practical affairs, and the arts.”