TSI Writing Practice Test

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Select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original sentence. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first answer. Children who aren't nurtured during infancy are more likely to develop attachment disorders, which can cause persisting and severely problems later in life.

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This choice uses the correct, plural form problems and uses adjectives to describe the problems. The original phrase is incorrect because severely is an adverb and not an adjective. The other choices are incorrect because problem instead of the grammatically correct problems is used.

Select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original sentence. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first answer. While speed is a measure of how fast an object is moving, velocity measures how fast an object is moving and also indicates in what direction it is traveling.

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The original agrees with the singular, noun and the and indicates that velocity is used to indicate more than one value.

Select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original sentence. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first answer: Many companies are now using social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace to market there service and product.

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This choice uses the grammatically correct their instead of there. The to indicates the companies are using these sites for something, and services and products agree with each other because they are both plural.

Select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original sentence. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first answer. An autoclave is a tool used mainly in hospitals to sterilizing surgical tools and hypodermic needles.

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This choice states that an autoclave is a tool used to sterilize. Beginning with to sterilizing and for sterilize, are not grammatically correct. The other choice indicates that the machine is used to sterilize a single tool and needle, which does not make sense in the context of the sentence.

Select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original sentence. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first answer. The bizarre creatures known by electric eels are capable of emitting an incredible 600 volts of electricity.

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This choice is best because it is grammatically correct and identifies electric eels as the bizarre creatures being discussed in the sentence.

Select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original sentence. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first answer: A key factor taken into account during city planning is where major services and amenities will be located.

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This choice makes sense and the singular a key factor and is agree with each other.

Select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original sentence. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first answer: Jupiter with its numerous moons, and Great Red Spot, has been studied extensively by astronomers.

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This choice is the only choice that has correctly placed commas. The numerous moons and the Great Red Spot both refer to the planet Jupiter, which is maintained in this answer.

Select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original sentence. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first answer. Many gardeners are now making their own backyard compost, which is not only cheap, but also helps to cut down on landfill waste.

Please select 2 correct answers

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This answer is succinct, the comma is in the correct place, and it expresses the information is a clear way that is not awkward.

Select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original sentence. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first answer: The growth of the security industry can be large attributable to the fact that people are less trusting of others than they once were.

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Select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original sentence. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first answer: Claude Monet was a famous painter who's well-known painting includes Starry Night and Water Lilly Pond.

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The correct way to refer to a person, in this case Monet, is through the use of the pronoun whose which eliminates two of the choices. Two paintings are identified, so the plural form must be used, eliminating another of the choices. This choice uses whose and paintings, indicating there is more than one, making it the correct choice.

Rewrite the sentence in your head following the directions given below. Keep in mind that your new sentence should be well written and should have essentially the same meaning as the original sentence. Bats and dolphins use a process known as echolocation, which means they emit and receive frequencies that can help them navigate through the dark night and murky waters, and also allows them to locate food sources like insects or fish. Rewrite, beginning with, Locating food sources like insects or fish The next words will be:

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The original sentence indicates that bats and dolphins are able to do many things, including locating food sources like insects or fish through a process known as echolocation. This choice best expresses the fact that locating food is accomplished through echolocation.

Rewrite the sentence in your head following the directions given below. Keep in mind that your new sentence should be well written and should have essentially the same meaning as the original sentence: Carbon dating is an accepted method used by archaeologists to figure out the age of artifacts, even though it may not be entirely accurate if samples are contaminated or if the objects to be dated are not extremely old. Rewrite, beginning with Even though carbon dating is not always entirely accurate, The next words will be

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The new sentence begins with the phrase "even though," indicating that a contrast is being constructed. "Even though carbon dating is not always entirely accurate, it is still an accepted method" provides this contrast, while the other choices do not.

Rewrite the sentence in your head following the directions given below. Keep in mind that your new sentence should be well written and should have essentially the same meaning as the original sentence. Chemical changes are sometimes difficult to distinguish from physical changes, but some examples of physical changes, such as melting water, chopped wood, and ripped paper, are very easy to recognize. Melting water, chopped wood, and ripped paper, The next words will be

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Melting water, chopped wood, and ripped paper are identified in the original sentence as examples of physical changes that are easy to distinguish from chemical changes. This choice is best because it identifies the previously mentioned objects as examples of physical changes.

Rewrite the sentence in your head following the directions given below. Keep in mind that your new sentence should be well written and should have essentially the same meaning as the original sentence. The theory of repressed memory was developed by Sigmund Freud, and it stated that all people store memories that cannot be accessed during daily life, but can be accessed through hypnotherapy and hypnosis. Rewrite, beginning with, Developed by Sigmund Freud, The next words will be

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This is the only phrase that describes something developed by Sigmund Freud.

Rewrite the sentence in your head following the directions given below. Keep in mind that your new sentence should be well written and should have essentially the same meaning as the original sentence. Romantic poetry is an important genre, and the works are easily distinguished from other types of poetry by several characteristics, including their focus on nature and the importance that is ascribed to everyday occurrences. Rewrite, beginning with A focus on nature and the importance that is ascribed to everyday occurrences, The next words will be

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A focus on nature and ascribing importance to everyday occurrences are identified in the original sentence as important characteristics of Romantic poetry. This answer clearly identifies them as characteristics, and is the only choice that can logically follow the given phrase.

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