Accuplacer ESL Practice Test

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Accuplacer ESL Practice Test - Quiz

Accuplacer ESL Practice is a certification administered by the College Board to help students and their schools assess the level of writing skill. It’s an important step as students make their way to college. Try out our test questions to know your skill level? Which include sentence structure and punctuation questions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of these statements is correct?

    • A.

      After washing his pants, Leo hung it up to dry

    • B.

      Before washing his pants, Lai hung it up to dry

    • C.

      By washing his pants, John hang it up to dry

    • D.

      Until washing his pants, Bell hung it up to dry

    Correct Answer
    A. After washing his pants, Leo hung it up to dry
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "After washing his pants, Leo hung it up to dry." This statement is correct because it follows the logical sequence of events - Leo washed his pants first, and then he hung them up to dry. The other statements either have incorrect verb tenses or do not make sense in the given context.

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  • 2. 

     Which of these best complete the sentence? Men and women will _____ to Mars.

    • A.

      Travel

    • B.

      Travels

    • C.

      Travelling

    • D.

      Travelled

    Correct Answer
    A. Travel
    Explanation
    The sentence is discussing a future event, indicating that men and women will travel to Mars. The verb "will" is used to express a future action, and the correct form of the verb to complete the sentence is "travel."

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  • 3. 

    Which of these statements is true?

    • A.

      Light freezes at a temperature of 0°c

    • B.

      Steam freezes at a temperature of 0°c

    • C.

      Vapour freezes at a temperature of 0°c

    • D.

      Water freezes at a temperature of 0°c

    Correct Answer
    D. Water freezes at a temperature of 0°c
    Explanation
    Water freezes at a temperature of 0°C because freezing point is the temperature at which a substance changes from a liquid to a solid state. For water, this temperature is 0°C. At this temperature, the molecules of water slow down and come closer together, forming a solid crystal lattice structure.

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  • 4. 

    Which of these best complete the sentence?_____you get a new haircut?

    • A.

      Have

    • B.

      Does

    • C.

      Are

    • D.

      Did

    Correct Answer
    D. Did
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Did". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and is asking about getting a new haircut in the past. "Did" is the past tense form of the verb "do" and is used to form questions in the past tense.

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  • 5. 

    Jacques Cousteau will be remembered for his inventions and for_____ to marine science.

    • A.

      Dedication

    • B.

      His dedication

    • C.

      Being dedicated

    • D.

      His being dedicated

    Correct Answer
    B. His dedication
    Explanation
    Jacques Cousteau will be remembered for his inventions and for his dedication to marine science. His dedication refers to his commitment and passion towards the field of marine science. Throughout his career, Cousteau showed unwavering dedication to exploring and understanding the ocean, which led to numerous inventions and advancements in marine science. His dedication played a crucial role in his contributions to the field, making it a fitting answer for the question.

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  • 6. 

    The children, who were tired of traveling, kept asking, “When ______we get to the hotel?”

    • A.

      Have

    • B.

      Will

    • C.

      Did

    • D.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    B. Will
    Explanation
    The word "will" is the correct answer because it indicates a future action. The children are asking about the time they will arrive at the hotel, implying that they have not reached it yet.

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  • 7. 

    Galileo is most famous ______ that Earth revolves around the Sun, rather than the other way around.

    • A.

      For having discovered

    • B.

      For discovery

    • C.

      His discovery

    • D.

      In discovering

    Correct Answer
    A. For having discovered
    Explanation
    Galileo is most famous for having discovered that Earth revolves around the Sun, rather than the other way around. This implies that Galileo's discovery of the heliocentric model of the solar system is what brought him the most fame.

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  • 8. 

    Men and women sometimes have difficulty understanding each other because they _____ differently.

    • A.

      Communicate

    • B.

      Communicated

    • C.

      Have communicated

    • D.

      Communicates

    Correct Answer
    A. Communicate
    Explanation
    Men and women sometimes have difficulty understanding each other because they communicate differently. Communication styles, patterns, and preferences can vary between genders, leading to misunderstandings and misinterpretations. These differences can include verbal and non-verbal cues, listening and response styles, and the use of direct or indirect language. Understanding and acknowledging these differences can help bridge the communication gap and improve understanding between men and women.

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  • 9. 

    ______you can speak more than one language, you have the opportunity to make more new friends.

    • A.

      So

    • B.

      Before

    • C.

      When

    • D.

      Though

    Correct Answer
    C. When
    Explanation
    When you can speak more than one language, you have the opportunity to make more new friends. This suggests that the statement following "When" is the correct answer. In this case, "When" is the correct answer because it indicates a condition or situation in which the opportunity to make more new friends exists.

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  • 10. 

    Why do you see lightning before you hear the thunder?

    • A.

      Light travels slower than air

    • B.

      Light travels faster than sound

    • C.

      Sound travels faster than light

    • D.

      Sound travels faster than air

    Correct Answer
    B. Light travels faster than sound
    Explanation
    Light travels faster than sound, which is why you see lightning before you hear the thunder. When lightning occurs, light waves travel at a speed of approximately 300,000 kilometers per second, while sound waves only travel at approximately 340 meters per second. This significant difference in speed causes the light from the lightning to reach your eyes much faster than the sound waves reach your ears, resulting in the visual perception of lightning before the auditory perception of thunder.

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