CBEST Writing Practice Test

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In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." Nobody could have anticipated the extent of the storm's damage.

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The sentence is correct as it is written.

In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." Most people believed that the game would end up being cancelled.

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The sentence is correct as it is written.

In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." We gawked at him as drug the picnic table closer to the grill area.

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The past tense of “drag” is “dragged,” not “drug.”

In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." Her bicycle basket was loaded down with books and materials to return to the library.

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The sentence is correct as it is written.

In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." Her Grandmother ordered monogrammed towels as a gift for the upcoming bridal shower.

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Nouns that name family members are capitalized only when used as a proper noun: Her grandmother ordered dinner. I asked Grandmother if she had ordered dinner.

In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." We must ensure that Mike proceeds Ann when the students line up for the graduation ceremony.

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Precede means “to come before” and is the appropriate choice in this sentence. Proceed means “to carry on.”

In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." He was discrete in what he said and wrote since he was not yet sure of his role.

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Discrete means “separate” or “disconnected.” Discreet means “careful to avoid mistakes” and should be used in this sentence.

In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." When funding becomes available, we anticipate receiving a new dual-control car for our driver training program.

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The sentence is correct as it is written.

In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." Many students yawned, dozed, or talked during the assembly because they were disinterested in the speaker's message.

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Disinterested means that a person is impartial or shows no preference. Uninterested means “bored” or “showing no interest.” Uninterested is the appropriate word to use in this sentence.

In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." Since school vacation is eminent, teachers have difficulty getting students to pay attention to their lessons during the last few weeks of school.

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Eminent means “famous.” Imminent means “soon.” Imminent should be used here.

In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." Mercy believed her parents had ought to have told her she was still grounded for the weekend.

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Had ought is considered to be bad grammar. Ought should be used alone in this sentence.

In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." Fourteen people hanged seven heavy pictures on their interior walls of the lecture room.

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Hanged is a word used to describe a method of execution. Hung is the past tense of hang and should be used here.

In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." The entire class disagrees with Dr. Olson's views about the future of the mining industry in our area.

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The sentence is correct as it is written.

In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." I was shocked to realize I had run much further than my two running buddies.

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Further refers to the degree or extent of something, while farther refers to physical distance.

In the following question, there are underlined parts to each sentence. One of the underlined parts is incorrectly written. Choose the incorrect underlined part of the sentence, but if the entire sentence is correct as written, choose "No error." Briana says less children enrolled in our camp program this summer than last summer.

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Less is a comparative adjective used with things that cannot be counted or are talked about as a single unit, as in “less afraid” or “less gasoline.” Fewer is used when talking about people or about objects and things that are considered in units, as in “fewer students” or “fewer apples.”

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