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Computerized Placement Tests (CPT) Study Guide

Students need to schedule the CPTs at the Assessment Center , located on the corner of 8th and College in Weatherford, 580.774.7084. Tests are not timed but a student will take approximately 30 minutes for each test they are required to take. Photo ID is required at the time of testing.

Descriptions of the Tests

Reading Comprehension

This test is designed to measure how well you understand what you read. It contains 20 questions. Some are of the sentence relationship type in which you must choose how two sentences are related. Other questions refer to reading passages of various lengths. Some passages are 75 words in length, while others are longer.

Sentence Skills

Two kinds of questions are given in this test. Sentence correction questions ask you to choose a word or a phrase to substitute for an underlined portion of a sentence. Construction shift questions ask that a sentence be rewritten in a specific way without changing the meaning. A broad variety of topics is included here. You will be presented a total of 20 questions.

Elementary Algebra

There also are three categories in the Elementary Algebra Test. First, operations with integers and rational numbers, includes computation with integers and negative rationales, the use of absolute values, and ordering. The second category is operations with algebraic expressions. This tests your skills with the evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. Both of these categories include questions about multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring. The third category tests skills in equation solving, inequalities, and word problems. These questions include solving systems of linear equations, the solution of quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in algebraic context, geometric reasoning, the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions, and graphing.

Sample Questions 

Sample questions are shown below for each of the three CPTs explained above. Those presented cover only a few of the areas covered by each test.


Question 1: (Narrative Question)

Read the statement or passage and then choose the best answer to the question. Answer the question on the basis of what is stated or implied in the statement or passage.

There are two types of pottery that I do. There is production pottery---mugs, tableware, the kinds of things that sell easily. These pay for my time to do the other work, which is more creative and satisfies my needs as an artist.

The author of this passage implies that:

(A) artists have a tendency to waste valuable time
(B) creativity and mass-production are incompatible
(C) most people do not appreciate good art
(D) pottery is not produced by creative artists

Question 2: (Sentence Relationships Question)

Two underlined sentences are followed by a question or statement about them. Read each pair of sentences and then choose the best answer to the question or the best completion of the statement.

The Midwest is experiencing its worst drought in fifteen years.

Corn and soybean prices are expected to be very high this year.

What does the second sentence do?

(A) It restates the idea found in the first.
(B) It states an effect.
(C) It gives an example.
(D) It analyzes the statement made in the first.


Question 1: (Sentence Correction Question)

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 the best, choose the first answer.

Ms. Rose planning to teach a course in biology next summer.

(A) planning
(B) are planning
(C) with a plan
(D) plans

Question 2: (Construction Shift Question)

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 sentence given you.

"Being a female jockey, she was often interviewed."

Rewrite, beginning with
"She was often interviewed..."

The next words will be

(A) on account of she was
(B) by her being
(C) because she was
(D) being as she was


Question 1:

If a number is divided by 4 and then 3 is subtracted, the result is 0. What is the number?

(A) 12
(B) 4
(C) 3
(D) 2

Question 2:

16 x - 8 =

(A) 8x
(B) 8( 2x - x )
(C) 8(2 x -1)
(D) 8(2 x -8)

Question 3:

If x^2 - x - 6 = 0 then x is

(A) -2 or 3
(B) -1 or 6
(C) 1 or -6
(D) 2 or -3

Answers to the Sample Questions

Reading Comprehension

1. B
2. B

Elementary Algebra

1. A
2. C
3. A

Sentence Skills

1. D
2. C

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