Reading Placement Exam

How can I prepare for the reading placement exam?
The reading placement exam is designed to allow you to demonstrate skills you have already developed, so you do not need to study for it as you might for another type of exam. However, because you do want your effort to reflect your best abilities, we encourage you to review the practice exam questions below.

Reading Placement Exam Practice Questions

Part 1: Vocabulary

  1. A carpenter uses:
    1. apples
    2. rocks
    3. carpets
    4. tools
    5. music
  2. To encrypt means to:
    1. write
    2. encode
    3. sell
    4. bury
    5. raise
  3. A renovation is a:
    1. reminder
    2. renewal
    3. return
    4. removal
    5. replay
  4. A flawless performer is:
    1. fallacious
    2. flowery
    3. perfect
    4. predictable
    5. unanimous

Part 2: Comprehension
The basic morphology of plants reflects their evolutionary history as terrestrial organisms. The algal ancestors of plants were bathed in a solution of water and minerals, including bicarbonate, the source of carbon dioxide for photosynthesis in aquatic habitats. In contrast, the resources a terrestrial plant needs are divided between the soil and air, and the plant must inhabit these two very different environments at the same time. Soil provides water and minerals, but air is the main source of carbon dioxide, and light does not penetrate far into the soil. The evolutionary solution to this separation of resources was differentiation of the plant body into two main systems: a subterranean root system and an aerial shoot system consisting of stems, leaves, and flowers. Neither system can live without the other. Lacking chloroplasts and living in the dark, roots would starve without sugar and other organic nutrients imported from the photosynthetic tissues of the shoot system. Conversely, the shoot system depends on water and minerals absorbed from the soil by roots.

  1. The ancestors of plants used nutrients from the:
    1. soil
    2. air
    3. water
    4. algae
    5. carbon dioxide
  2. A terrestrial plant lives in the:
    1. soil
    2. air
    3. water
    4. soil and air
    5. organism
  3. The plant’s evolutionary solution was:
    1. assimilation
    2. photosynthesis
    3. organic
    4. differentiation
    5. converse
  4. The two main plant systems are:
    1. stems and leaves
    2. roots and shoots
    3. chloroplasts and roots
    4. flowers and roots
    5. water and minerals
  5. The two plant systems:
    1. require each other
    2. are independent
    3. lack chloroplasts
    4. are subterranean
    5. are imported


Part I – Vocabulary

  1. D
  2. B
  3. B
  4. C

Part 2 – Comprehension

  1. C
  2. D
  3. D
  4. B
  5. A

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