TSI READING DIAGNOSTIC

Houston Community College provides video and online tests that are amazing resources for helping you prepare for the READING portion of the TSI.

  • Main Idea and Supporting Detail:

o   http://www.testprepreview.com/modules/readingmainidea.htm

This site gives you ten passages to read, with a question about the main idea following each passage. The answers are given after the last question, along with explanations about why each answer is correct.

 o   http://www.mytestbook.com/worksheet.aspx?test_id=617

There are ten questions about the main idea or supporting detail of ten short paragraphs. A button at the bottom of the page will then show you the correct answers for each question.

 

  • Inferences:

 http://sites.austincc.edu/tsiprep/reading-review/inference/  

Video explination and questions with answers provided. This is a great resource if you're having difficulty understanding inferences. You get a mini-lesson and hands-on practice.

https://www.ereadingworksheets.com/free-reading-worksheets/reading-comprehension-worksheets/inferences-worksheets/

If you prefer hard-copy worksheets to computer-based practice, this site has mountains of resources for you. Don't worry about the grade levels, just start practicing wherever you feel comfortable, and move through the levels at your own pace.

  • Reading Comprehension:

o   https://blog.prepscholar.com/how-to-improve-reading-comprehension

Great tips for helping to imprpove reading comprehension. Useful for TSI and SAT/ACT.

https://www.bonnieterrylearning.com/blog/improve-comprehension/

More useful suggestions for how to improve your reading comprehension for testing.

 https://www.bonnieterrylearning.com/blog/improve-comprehension/

More useful suggestions for how to improve your reading comprehension for testing.

  • Author’s Use of Language:

o   http://testprep.about.com/od/Reading_Worksheets/tp/Worksheet-1-Authors-Purpose.htm

This site has five paragraphs to read, with a question about the author’s purpose after each passage. To see the correct answers and their explanations click any of the Answer links on the page.

 o   http://www.testprepreview.com/modules/authors-purpose.htm

Read these nine passages and then answer the nine questions about the author’s purpose in each passage. The correct answers and why they are correct are given at the bottom of the page.

 o  http://www.ocean.k12.wa.us/cms/lib04/WA01001272/Centricity/Domain/29/Author%20Purpose%20WS%202%20PDF.pdf

These practices have three passages to read and eleven questions to answer about the author’s purpose. The answers to the questions are shown on the last page.

 

  • Literary Analysis

o  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IcIHBDTCi2IxmzInNr5cBOYpBuamhZR_bcKzjPrK-7w/viewform?fbzx=-8134579734086908834

This interactive quiz has a poem to read and five questions to answer about literary devices and figurative language. Each answer you select has an explanation as to why it is correct or incorrect.

 o  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WCbK2wsj37blBZps22BupSHGCZsifBphjIJhq7n98xs/formResponse

Like the practice above, this quiz is interactive and asks questions about the literary devices and figurative language in a passage. Each answer you select has an explanation as to why it is correct or incorrect.

o   http://www.quia.com/quiz/270936.html

Here is a 40-question quiz about literary devices. The correct answer will be shown if you click Submit answer.

 

  • Read Theory 

 https://readtheory.org

Read Theory is a program where students can move through an online self-assessment, and then through tailored exercises that will help them prepare for the TSI. Read Theory works best for folks needing general reading practice. It can be used to help prepare them for tests such as the GED, TEAS, or TSI. It also helps you get used reading and testing on a computer screen. If you need help accessing Read Theory, contact the Writing Center to set up an appointment (http://brazosport.edu/writingcenterschedule/).

TSI WRITING DIAGNOSTIC 

Houston Community College provides video and online tests that are amazing resources for helping you prepare for the WRITING portion of the TSI. 

  • Agreement

o  http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar_quiz/subject_verb_agreement_1.asp

This interactive quiz has ten questions about subjects and their correct verbs. The correct answers will be shown at the end of the quiz.

o  http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar_quiz/subject_verb_agreement_2.asp

Like the link above, this quiz is interactive with ten questions about subjects and their matching verbs.

 o   https://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/5/13/34

This exercise has 23 sentences with two verbs to choose from to complete each sentence.  The Go to Answers link will show you the sentences with their correct verbs.

 

  • Sentence Logic

o   http://www.englishvocabularyexercises.com/eve-exercises/EngVocEx_transitions_1.htm

This exercise has 14 questions, for which you choose the best answer for a transition. A link at the bottom of the page will show your correct answers and which answers you selected that were incorrect.

 o   http://www.shsu.edu/txcae/Powerpoints/prepostest/combsentpostest.html

These are ten exercises on combining sentences. A link at the bottom will show you the correct answers.

 

  • Essay Revision

o   http://www.eslus.com/LESSONS/WRITING/REV1/LA1.HTM

On this site, you read passages and are taken through an editing process so you can learn how to proofread and edit.

 o   http://englishforeveryone.org/Topics/Paragraph-Correction.htm

This site has several exercises, from beginning to advanced levels, where you read a paragraph and decide if underlined sections of the paragraph should be edited.

  • Writing