The TSI English Language Arts and Reading test consists of 30 multiple choice questions. Our practice tests are split into two sections. This 15 question practice test covers the Reading section. These questions will ask you to read passages and then choose the best answer to each question.
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Read the passages below and then choose the best answer to each question. Base your answers on what is stated or implied in the passages.
According to the passage, “the idea that humans can’t breathe underwater” is
false, because experts have found a liquid that humans can breathe in.
false, because scientists have invented a way to breathe underwater.
true, but studies show humans will soon evolve to be able to do so.
true, but experts have found other liquids that humans can breathe in.
What is the main idea of the passage?
People are always skeptical about new technology, but “screen” technology is more helpful to society than it is harmful.
People need to be more aware of the amount of time they spend on “screen” devices because these devices could be dangerous.
There is no evidence that people are becoming “addicted” to screens.
People are always afraid of new technology.
What is the main purpose of the passage?
To support President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
To inspire US citizens to form an opinion on universal healthcare and make a change in the country.
To point out that experts are lying to the American people about universal healthcare.
To oppose President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Which word best describes the author’s attitude towards corporations that sell bottled water?
In the passage, the author implies which of the following about the electric cars?
Electric cars will never truly be a viable option.
People need to commit to buying electric cars for them to really have an impact on the environment.
The American people are not willing to get behind an idea as radical as the electric car.
The electric car is still thriving because they are in high demand from the public.
Which of the following does the passage imply about politicians, particularly US presidents?
They will shape the facts to make themselves look good.
They do not understand the nuances of the economy.
They intentionally manipulate the economy to fraudulently deceive the American people.
They usually have a good handle on whether the economy is doing well or not.
What is the overall tone of the passage?
Ironic and wry
Funny and sarcastic
Informative and playful
Reverent and laudatory
The final sentence of the passage implies which of the following?
Animals are beautiful and deserve all the help we can give them.
There may be an ethical problem with bringing extinct animals back to life.
We owe it to some extinct animals to bring them back because of what we did to them.
Humanity has a history of causing animals to go extinct.
The main idea of the passage is that new fossil discoveries
are changing the scientific community’s entire understanding of the evolutionary process.
are proving many of the anthropological community’s long-held theories.
are making experts question whether evolution really exists in nature.
are forcing experts to rethink some of their previously held notions of early humans.
Questions 10–11 refer to the following two passages:
The author of Passage 1 would most likely criticize the author of Passage 2 for
trusting conspiracy theories over proven science.
spreading lies about vaccinations.
trying to make money off of people’s fears.
working for an organization that intentionally misleads the public.
The authors of these two passages would most likely agree with the which of the following statements?
Scientific studies can be manipulated to trick the public.
Regardless of doubts you may have, you must still get you and your children vaccinated.
There is scientific evidence that some vaccines are helpful.
The healthcare industry is designed to keep people sick.
Questions 12–15 refer to the following passage:
The main purpose of the passage is to
laud the US tax system and resist change.
inform readers and inspire more elevated economic discourse.
criticize the US tax system and propose a change.
inform readers about their rights so they don’t overpay their taxes.
According to the passage, when an American taxpayer’s income breaks the threshold of their tax bracket, they
pay a higher tax rate only on the income that puts them into the higher bracket.
pay a higher tax rate on all of their income.
pay the same tax rate on all of their income.
lose money because they’re being taxed on a different bracket.
When the author uses the pronoun “this” in sentence 7, to what is she referring?
The US tax system and all of its complications.
The belief that a progressive tax system is the best way to tax US citizens.
The idea that people pay different tax rates based on their income.
The misconception that entering a higher tax bracket means less net income.
What is the author implying in sentence 12?
The US tax system is intentionally confusing so people pay more money.
This is just one of many nuances that common Americans don’t understand.
American taxpayers are unwilling to learn about the US tax system.
Understanding this nuance is the most important way to stay informed.