Weekly practice question

Each week, you will find a new sample question that will be added to this site. The purpose of the weekly Practice Placement Test Questions is to help prepare you for the placement test that places you in English courses at Central Piedmont Community College. Reviewing these samples will give you a good idea of how the test works and just what grammar, punctuation, and sentence skills you may wish to review before taking the actual test itself.
This is not the actual study guide, but is designed to give you a weekly opportunity to have additional practice. You may obtain copy of the Study Guide from you Academic Advisor, or from the CPCC Placement Testing website


INSTRUCTIONS:  Select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as in the original sentence. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first answer.


  1. After they had eaten, their mother arrive with cartons of ice cream for dessert.
    1. arrive
    2. arrives
    3. arrived
    4. arriving


PLEASE NOTE: The Reading Comprehension placement test is required in combination with the Sentence Skills test for placement into ENG 111.



2.  An enlarged photograph or printed reproduction of a painting or other two-dimensional artwork is glued onto the cardboard before cutting.

The pieces are then punch-cut with complex metal dies.

What does the second sentence do?

  1.  It states an effect.
  2. It makes a contrast.
  3. It proposes a solution.
  4. It describes a process.

The correct answer is D—it describes a process.