The Format of the English Test
The Format of the English Test
The five passages on the English Test contain two question formats: underlines and boxes. Both the underlines and the boxes will be numbered so you can find the corresponding multiple-choice answers in the right-hand column of the test booklet.
Below you’ll find a sample English Test paragraph, illustrating both question -formats:
[1] That summer my parents  buy  me my first
B. bought
C. have bought
D. buys
bike—my first true love. [2] One day, I crashed
into a tree and broke my leg. [3] Unfortunately,
my control of the bike was not as great as my
enthusiasm for it. [4] I spent all my afternoons
speeding around the neighborhood blocks.
18. Which of the following
provides the most logical
ordering of the sentences in
Paragraph 3?
F. 3, 2, 1, 4
G. 3, 1, 4, 2
H. 1, 4, 3, 2
J. 1, 4, 2, 3
Question 17 demonstrates the underline format on the English Test. In this example, the word “buy” is underlined and numbered 17, indicating that you can replace “buy” with answer choices B, C, or D, or keep it by selecting answer choice A (“NO CHANGE”). Decide which answer choice makes the sentence grammatically correct, and fill in the corresponding bubble on your answer sheet. (The correct answer is B.)
Question 18 is an example of a Rhetorical Skills question indicated by a boxed number. The boxed number indicates that the question will deal with a large section of the passage, not just a few words. This question asks you to reorganize the sentences of the paragraph in a logical manner. Once you’ve arrived at an answer, fill in the corresponding bubble on your answer sheet. (The correct answer to this question is H.)
Don’t worry about the answers to these questions now. We’ll deal with the specific question types and the grammar covered on the English Subject Test later on in this chapter.
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