TEAS® English Practice Test

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Which sentence is written correctly?

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This sentence is made up of an independent clause and a dependent clause. There should be a comma separating the two clauses. No other punctuation is necessary.

The medical examiner was called in to perform a post-mortem examination. Which word from the sentence above is a noun?

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Nouns are words that name a person, place, or thing. The nouns in the sentence are “examiner” and “examination.” The word “medical” is an adjective. “Was” and “perform” are verbs.

The postman came to the house. He has a letter for my mother. I heard the doorbell ring. I took the letter from the postman. To improve sentence fluency, how could you state the information above in a single sentence?

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Sentence fluency is best achieved with clarity and a small number of clauses. Unlike the other options, (A) joins all four sentences into only two clauses. The other options have 3-4 clauses and are less succinct.

_______ confident that with enough study they can easily pass the final exam. Which of the following correctly completes the sentence above?

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The contraction “They’re” has the same meaning as “They are” and is the correct phrase to complete the sentence.

Of the _______ items available to purchase in our neighbor’s ________ sale, the jewelry was the most valuable. Which of the following correctly completes the sentence above?

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The correct spellings of these words are: miscellaneous, and garage.

The mountaineering group _____ looking forward to climbing K2 next year. Which of the following correctly completes the sentence above?

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The word “group” is a collective noun so it takes a singular verb. In context, the phrase “next year” shows that they are currently looking forward to the climb, so a present-tense verb is required.

Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do. What kind of sentence is this?

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An imperative sentence gives a command or makes a request, and usually contains no subject. Here the subject is understood to be “you.”

The admissions consultant outlined what makes a thorough application package, unrespective of financial hardship. What is the error in this sentence?

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In this sentence “unrespective” is incorrect. The correct word is “irrespective.”

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

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The word, “accept” means "to receive." “Except” is usually a preposition meaning "but" or "leaving out." Only choice (C) uses both wordy correctly.

The well-stocked larder was replete with dozens of canned goods intended to last through the winter. Which of the following is the meaning of the underlined word above?

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The word “replete” means filled or well-supplied. In the context of this sentence, “full” would be the closest to this meaning.

Which of the following is an example of a simple sentence?

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A simple sentence contains one subject and one verb. (A) does not contain a verb and is not a complete sentence, while (D) contains two independent clauses. (B) is a complex sentence because it contains a relative clause (“that…”).

To ______ should I address the postcard? Which of the following correctly completes the sentence above?

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The word “who” is a subject pronoun and the word “whom” is the object pronoun. Since we’re discussing a human being, we would not use the word “which.” Since the blank is preceded by the article “to,” we need the object pronoun “whom.”

Which of the following phrases follows the rules of capitalization?

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Unless it is being used as a title, the familial adjective should be in lowercase. However, in (D) it is being used as a title so should be capitalized. In (A) “uncle” should be lowercase, and in (C) “great-aunt” should be lowercase.

The actors’ performances powerfully _____ the audience. Which of the following options correctly completes the sentence above?

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Effected means "executed, produced, or brought about." Affected means "made an impact on." It is the past tense of the verb form of affect, which means "to impact." Answer (B) is preferable to (D), which is far too wordy.

The clock shows ____ almost nine o’clock, so the bridal shop will soon be opening ____ doors. Which of the following sets of words should be used to fill in the blanks in the sentence above?

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The first blank needs to encompass the meaning of “it is” – the contraction “it’s” is correct. The second blank needs the possessive form “its.” Only (A) has both correct versions.

Follow these directions to get to the church ____ make a left at the next intersection, drive three miles to the third stop sign, then turn left, and continue another two miles until you see the parking lot on the right-hand side. Which of the following punctuation marks correctly completes the sentence above?

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A colon introduces items in a list or a definition. Since the meaning of this sentence is offering a list of directions, a colon is the correct piece of punctuation.

His job performance was found to have an _______ low track record of success in nearly every area. Which of the following is the correct completions of the sentence above?

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Since the blank is modifying the adjectives “low” and “track” it makes sense to use the adverb form “abysmally.” (D) spells the word correctly and uses the correct form.

When the gymnastic athletes travel for a competition, a chaperone must accompany ____. Which of the following options correctly completes the sentence?

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Since the antecedent is the plural “athletes,” we need a pronoun that is also plural to replace it at the end of the sentence. (B) is the correct object pronoun.

Next year, I __________. Which of the following correctly completes the sentence above?

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The phrase “next year” indicates the future tense is needed. The verb “will complete” is correctly in the future-tense.

The United States has _____ states than Europe has countries; there are only 47 European countries, but there are 50 states in America. Which of the following options correctly completes the sentence above?

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Based on the context of the second clause, we know that there must be MORE states than European countries. When comparing two items, we use the comparative word, “more.” If we were comparing three or more items, we’d use the superlative form “most.”

Martin expressed his fear of diving in the deep ocean trench. What kind of sentence is this?

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This sentence makes a declarative statement of fact, so can be classified as a declarative sentence.

The ______ late student was reprimanded by the teacher. Which of the following correctly completes the sentence above?

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The word “habitually” means repeatedly or often. Choice (B) correctly spells the word.

Which sentence is the clearest?

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Choices (A) and (D) make it sound like the parents were age twelve, when in fact it was the narrator. Choice (C) makes it sound like the parents were sent to boarding school. Only (B) has the clearest, most logical meaning.

The child ____ to ride all the roller coasters at Disneyland. Which of the following correctly completes the sentence above?

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The singular subject “child” needs a plural verb. The simplest version is the word “wants.”

It’s important _____ research your essay topic thoroughly so you do not include _____ much irrelevant information. Which of the following sets of words should be used to fill in the blanks in the sentence above?

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In front of an infinitive verb (such as “research”) we need the article “to.” The phrase “too much” is correctly completed in option (C).

Any highly-regarded military leader should be capable of giving ______ orders. Which of the following is the correct completion of the sentence above?

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“Decisive” means able to make choices quickly and confidently. It is spelled correctly in option (D).

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

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“Their” is a pronoun used to refer to a group of people. Since the “concern” belongs to a group of people, we’d use the word “their” to explain the possessive meaning. The word “they’re” is a contraction of “they are.” Only (C) correctly uses all three words.

Which of the following sentences has correct subject-verb agreement?

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In (A) the singular “ambulance” disagrees with the plural “were.” In (C), the singular “kick” does not agree with the singular “one.” It should be “kicks.” In (D) the plural “several” does not agree with the singular “was.”

Which of the following is an example of a correctly punctuated sentence?

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In this sentence, the question mark should go at the end of the sentence (“…walking tour?”). The only option that does this is (A). There is no need to have a comma following the question mark. In this context, either the colon or the dash would be acceptable.

Which of the following book titles is correctly capitalized?

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The basic rule of capitalization is to capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions. Articles such as “a,” “an,” and “the” are lowercase unless they are found in the first or last word of the title.

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