Try our free TSI Reading practice test. All of our TSI Reading practice questions are designed to be similar to those found on the Texas Success Initiative. This portion of the test measures reading proficiency skills in four areas: (1) Author’s Use of Language (2) Inferences in a Text (3) Literary Analysis (4) Main Idea & Supporting Details. Start your test prep right now with our TSI Reading practice test!
Directions: Read the passage and then choose the best answer to each question. Base your answer on what is stated or implied in the passage.
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The writer believes Queen Elizabeth I did not marry because
she did not want to diminish her power.
she did not fall in love.
there were no suitable matches.
she was preoccupied with the English Renaissance.
Which of the following best describes the author’s attitude towards Jane Austen?
The main idea of the passage is
to present the findings from new research.
to refute old notions of the structure of DNA.
to describe how heterochromatin functions.
to explain how our bodies destroy pre-cancerous cells.
We can conclude from the information in the passage that
each generation of the iPhone has been better than the last.
Siri was released after the App Store was launched.
the App Store is older than the iPhone.
the iPhone is more popular in Europe than in Asia.
What is the main point of the paragraph?
Freeman has triumphed over obstacles.
Henrik Ibsen has triumphed over obstacles.
Freeman’s book is overly complicated, despite its scholastic value.
Freeman’s book will have lasting importance.
The passage implies which of the following about scorbutic sailors?
Fresh food could cure them of the disease.
They would be prone to genetic mutation.
They could be easily overwhelmed.
They were more likely to commit suicide.
The purpose of the passage is to
explore the possibility of life in outer space.
fundraise for further research.
announce the discovery of a new planet.
describe the conditions required for the ‘Goldilocks’ zone.
Which of the following is implied by the passage?
Regular exercise will help counteract the negative effects of being sedentary.
Physical activity alone may not be enough to reduce the risk for disease.
Sitting still causes some types of heart disease and cancer.
Watching television while on a treadmill is considered sedentary time.
The main idea of the paragraph suggests that Paine
influenced people to migrate from England to the colonies.
contributed to the colonists’ growing sense of group identity.
refuted the notion that most colonists emigrated from Britain.
had come from a country other than England.
According to the passage, the whistles are significant in part because they
show that dolphins are capable of expressing emotion
prompt questions about the complexity of dolphin communication
aid dolphins in navigating and hunting
continue to spur research into their unknown purpose
Questions 11–14 refer to the following two passages:
The author of Passage 1 would most likely criticize the author of Passage 2 for
a somewhat limited perspective on the life of Beatrix Potter.
placing too much emphasis on the importance of Beatrix Potter’s later life.
neglecting to provide details on Beatrix Potter’s close study of animals.
failing to specifically mention Beatrix Potter’s main characters in her books.
In the last sentence of Passage 1, the word “closely” most nearly means
The author of Passage 2 would probably respond to Passage 1’s remarks on the “previous studies of Potter” by
conceding they could have done more to incorporate her later life
detailing how real life and fiction were paralleled in Beatrix Potter’s life
agreeing with the emphasis placed on Beatrix Potter’s early life
rejecting the idea that Beatrix Potter’s personal sketchbooks contributed to her success
According to both passages, which of the following was the most important influence on Beatrix Potter’s development?
her isolated childhood
her family’s wealth
the natural world
Questions 15–17 refer to the following passage:
The author of the passage mentions “restraint of trade” and “holding companies” in order to
paint a picture of what life was like in 1865
draw a comparison between the days of the Civil War and the present
illustrate how word connotations change over time
emphasize the divide between business leaders of the past and present
The primary purpose of the passage is
to give a survey of changes in business in the past hundred years
to describe how the language of business has changed significantly over time
to tell the industrial story of the United States and describe the rise of the corporation
to marvel at the swift and all-encompassing recent shifts in the American economy
With which of the following inferences would the author of the passage most likely agree?
American business during the Civil War was not as profitable as American business today.
American cities today do not mirror our economic situation as closely as they did in the past.
The American fondness for luxury is not necessarily desirable in all situations.
Most major corporations in the United States evolved from the construction and gas industries.
Questions 18–20 refer to the following passage:
Based on the discussion of public opinion regarding the Eiffel Tower’s construction, it can be inferred that
the Tower was generally embraced by the public early in its planning.
the poorer Parisians took to the Tower more readily than the educated classes.
there was some disagreement about whether a 300-meter tower could be constructed.
the only people who disagreed with the plans for the Tower were members of the intelligentsia.
The overall opinion of the author towards the construction of the Eiffel Tower can best be described as
enthusiastic and objective
measured and reticent
balanced and didactic
nostalgic and matter-of-fact
Which of the following is the author’s main goal?
To discuss the effectiveness of the Eiffel Firm’s plan for the Tower.
To detail how the public turned against the Tower in the months after the Exposition.
To give a general history of the Tower’s construction and public reaction to it.
To explain how the Tower would not have been approved without Eiffel’s reputation and knowledge of structural engineering.