The reading comprehension and English proficiency portion of the Accuplacer test consists of 20 questions concerning reading comprehension and 20 questions assessing sentence skills. There are two types of reading comprehension questions:
- A short or long reading passage after which the student must answer questions about the passage related to the main idea, supporting ideas, or inferred ideas.
- Two sentences are presented, and then the student must assess the relationship between the two (such as whether the sentences are supportive, contradictive, or repetitive).
The Accuplacer reading comprehension and English proficiency test also consists of 20 questions assessing sentence skills. There are two types of sentence skills questions:
- Sentence correction – A sentence is presented with an underlined mistake; the student must correct the mistake using the choices given.
- Construction shift – A sentence is presented and must be rewritten by the student according to the instructions; the new sentence retains the same meaning as the original sentence.
Sentence skills questions also test the student on logic, whether sentences are complete or fragmented, and the relationship between coordination (combining ideas of equal importance) and subordination (combining the most important information with less important details).