Basic Skills Diagnostic Practice Test

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Basic Skills Diagnostic Practice Test

This document is a paper-and-pencil version of the Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) Basic Skills Diagnostic Practice Test. A computer-administered version of the practice test and additional study materials are available on the ICTS Web site at icts.. This practice test is a full-length sample test consisting of 125 multiple-choice questions across the Reading Comprehension, Language Arts, and Mathematics subtests and one constructed-response assignment in the Writing subtest. An answer sheet, answer key, and information to help you interpret your results for the multiple-choice questions are also provided, as well as sample responses and scoring information for the constructed-response writing assignment.

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ICTS Basic Skills Diagnostic Practice Test

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Practice Test Test Directions ...................................................................................................................................................... 1 Answer Sheet for the Multiple-Choice Questions................................................................................................. 5 Reading Comprehension Subtest........................................................................................................................... 9 Language Arts Subtest........................................................................................................................................... 37 Mathematics Subtest.............................................................................................................................................. 59 Writing Subtest...................................................................................................................................................... 81 Written Response Document for the Writing Subtest ........................................................................................... 85

Practice Test Results Interpreting Your Results on the Multiple-Choice Questions ............................................................................... 89 Answer Key and Correct Answer Explanations for the Multiple-Choice Questions ............................................ 90 Obtaining Feedback on Your Response to the Writing Subtest Constructed-Response Assignment ................... 104 Performance Characteristics and Scoring Scale for the Writing Subtest Constructed-Response Assignment...... 104 Sample Responses to the Writing Subtest Constructed-Response Assignment .................................................... 107

ICTS Basic Skills Diagnostic Practice Test

PRACTICE TEST

TEST DIRECTIONS

This practice test consists of four subtests.

Each question in the first three subtests of the practice test is a multiple-choice test question in Reading Comprehension, Language Arts (Grammar and Writing), or Mathematics. Each question has four answer choices. Read each question carefully and choose the ONE best answer. Record your answer on the answer sheet provided on pages 5?8 in the space that corresponds to the question number.

Sample Question:

1. What is the capital of Illinois?

A. Chicago B. Peoria C. Springfield D. Champaign

The correct answer to this question is C. You would indicate that on the answer sheet as follows:

Question Number

1

Your Response

C

Correct?

Incorrect?

Test Standard

Sample

Try to answer all questions. In general, if you have some knowledge about a question, it is better to try to answer it.

The fourth subtest, the Writing subtest, consists of one constructed-response writing assignment. You will be asked to provide a written response to the assignment. Directions for completing your written response to the constructed-response assignment appear immediately before the assignment.

You may work on the multiple-choice questions and constructed-response assignment in any order that you choose. You may wish to monitor how long it takes you to complete the practice test. When taking the actual ICTS Basic Skills subtests, you will have one five-hour test session in which to complete any or all subtests.

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ICTS Basic Skills Diagnostic Practice Test

MATHEMATICS DEFINITIONS AND FORMULAS

Definitions

= is equal to ? is not equal to > is greater than < is less than ? is greater than or equal to

? is less than or equal to p ? 3.14 ? angle

right angle

AmB line segment AB

A?B line AB

AB length of AmB

a b

or

a

:

b

ratio of a to b

Abbreviations for Units of Measurement

Distance

U.S. Customary

in. inch ft. foot mi. mile

Distance

Metric System

m meter km kilometer cm centimeter mm millimeter

Time sec. min. hr.

Volume

gal. gallon qt. quart oz. fluid ounce

Volume

L liter mL milliliter

cc cubic centimeter

Weight

lb. pound oz. ounce

Mass

g gram kg kilogram mg milligram

Temperature ?F degree Fahrenheit

Temperature ?C degree Celsius K kelvin

Speed

mph miles per hour

second minute hour

Conversions for Units of Measurement

U.S. Customary

Length

12 inches = 1 foot 3 feet = 1 yard 5280 feet = 1 mile

Volume (liquid)

8 ounces = 1 cup 2 cups = 1 pint 2 pints = 1 quart 4 quarts = 1 gallon

Weight 16 ounces = 1 pound 2000 pounds = 1 ton

Length

Metric System

10 millimeters = 1 centimeter 100 centimeters = 1 meter 1000 meters = 1 kilometer

Volume 1000 milliliters = 1 liter 1000 liters = 1 kiloliter

Weight 1000 milligrams = 1 gram 1000 grams = 1 kilogram

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Geometric Figures

Square

ICTS Basic Skills Diagnostic Practice Test Circle

Area = s2 Perimeter = 4s

Rectangle

Area = Bw Perimeter = 2B + 2w

Triangle

Area

=

1 2

bh

Right triangle

Area = p r2 Circumference = 2pr Diameter = 2r

Sphere

Surface area = 4pr2

Volume

=

4 3

pr3

Cube

Pythagorean formula: c2 = a2 + b2

Surface area = 6s2 Volume = s3

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