IELI Placement Test

Reading Comprehension

Time: 35 minutes   Number of questions: 30

For this section of the exam you will read three short readings on academic topics. You will answer ten multiple choice questions about each of the readings (a total of 30 questions).

For Example:

First, you read:

It is not known for certain when the first humans appeared in the Americas. However, archaeologists do not believe that humans evolved in the Western Hemisphere because no fossils of early humans or pre-Homo sapiens have ever been found here. Archaeologists have also failed to discover any remains of the closest cousins of human beings, the great apes. The most widely accepted theory of how the Americas were populated is the theory that humans migrated from Asia to the Americas by way of a land bridge that once connected Asia and North America across a body of water known today as the Bering Strait.

Then you answer questions like this one:

The best title for this reading is _______________.

A. A History of the Americas
B. The Coming of the First Americans
C. The Evolution of Mankind in America
D. Humans and Their Closest Cousins

Choice B “The Coming of the First Americans” is the best answer because the reading is focused on explaining how the Americas became populated. The other choices are either too general, not to the point, or directly contradicted by the text.