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Queensborough Community College
Department of Basic Educational Skills

PRACTICE TEST 1 for the
ACT WRITING EXAMINATION

 

Directions: In the passage that follows, certain words and phrases are underlined and numbered. In the right-hand column, you will find alternatives for each underlined part. Choose the one that best expresses the idea, makes the statement appropriate for standard written English, or is worded most consistently with the style and tone of the passage as a whole. If you think the original version is best, choose "NO CHANGE."

You will also find questions about a section of the passage or about the passage as a whole. For each question in the test, choose the alternatives you consider best and type the letter of your answer choice into the blank. You may then check your answer to see if it is correct by clicking the appropriate button. If you are incorrect the first time, let the advice the computer generates guide you towards making the correct choice and understanding why it works.

Read each passage through once before you begin to answer the questions that accompany it. You cannot determine some answers without reading sentences beyond the phrase in question. Be sure that you have read far enough ahead each time you choose an alternative.

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[1]

Knowing how to take full advantage of the Internet can speed a job search. First, use
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general job boards like www.monster.com, hotjobs.com, and careerbuilders.com. Also,
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search specialized employment sites.

[2]

Second, no how the employers
3

uses technology to sort the
4

resumes he receives.
5

Corporate recruiters frequently use keywords to search databases. So, use keywords but don't overlook
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their use.

[3]

Acquiring critical information about employers can be an effective networking
7
tool. Because aligning your skills to the company will give you the needed edge.

[4]

Before posting your
8
resume protect your privacy. Use an anonymous e-mail
9
address so you can not be identified by your present employer.

[5]

Researching the corporation's mission, goals, and principles are other additional steps to take prior than updating your resume.
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1.
  1. NO CHANGE
  2. Job Search. First,
  3. Job Search. First
  4. job search. First

2.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. com, also
  3. Com. Also
  4. com., also

3.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. second know how
  3. Second, knowing
  4. Second, know how

4.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. the employer's uses
  3. the employer's use
  4. the employers use

5.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. he receive
  3. they receives
  4. they receive

6.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. database so use
  3. So use keywords but
  4. So, use keywords, but

7.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. can be an effective networking tool because
  3. Can be an effective networking tool. Because
  4. Be an effective Networking Tool. Because

8.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. Before posting your Resume
  3. Before posting your resume,
  4. Before posting you're Resume

9.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. Use a anonymous
  3. Uses an anonymous
  4. But use an anonymous

10.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. prier than updating
  3. prier to updating
  4. prior to updating
The following questions pertain to the passage as a whole.

11. Choose the sequence of paragraph numbers that will make the essay's structure most logical

  1. SAME
  2. 1,3,4,2,5
  3. 1,2,3,5,4
  4. 1,3,2,5,4

12. The essay produces sufficient info for the reader to begin searching for a job on the Internet.

  1. No, minor details are needed.
  2. No, because job descriptions are needed.
  3. Yes, because the web sites are provided.
  4. Yes, because job descriptions are given.

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Support for the development/production of this material was provided by a grant under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational
and Technical Education Act Amendments of 1998 administered by the New York State Education Department.