TABE 11&12 Level A
Mathematics Practice Questions
A quilter is preparing to make a quilt for a baby’s crib that is 30 inches by 50 inches. The design of the quilt calls for a diagonal stripe of ribbon from one corner of the quilt to another corner as shown in the image above. What is the approximate length of that diagonal stripe of ribbon in the finished quilt?
- 80 inches
- 40 inches
- 58 inches
- 45 inches
Which expression is equivalent to (2xy⁴)² (xy)5?
Solve the equation: 2x² + x – 28 = 0.
- x = -4, 3.5
- x = -3.5, 4
- x = 3.5, 4
- x = -4, -3.5
Which of the following equations could be solved to determine the average cost per container, A(x), to make x containers of popcorn?
- A(x) = ($225/x) + ($1.50x)
- A(x) = ($1.50 + $225)/x
- A(x) = $1.50x + $225
- A(x) = ($1.50x + $225)/x
75, 82, 68, 95, 74, 72, 91, 60, 72, 80
What is the mean, median, mode, and range for the data above?
- Mean: 76.9; Median: 74.5; Mode: 72; Range: 31
- Mean: 76.9; Median: 74.5; Mode: 72; Range: 35
- Mean: 77; Median: 73.5; Mode: 72; Range: 31
- Mean: 80; Median: 73; Mode: 72; Range: 35
Reading Practice Questions
Read the passage. Then answer questions 1 and 2.
Excerpt from Inaugural Address by John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961
1 “In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.
2 Now the trumpet summons us again – not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are – but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, ‘rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation’- a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.
3 Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?
4 In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility – I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it – and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
5 And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.
6 My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
7 Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”
Which of the following best defines the word summons as it is used in paragraph 2 of the selection?
- To make noise
- To draw away from
- A court order
- A call to action
The writer’s purpose in this speech is best described as:
- a defamatory denunciation of global powers.
- a complaint against indolent citizens.
- a stirring and inspiring call to patriotism.
- congratulatory remarks regarding the current transition of power.
Read the passage. Then answer questions 3 through 5
1 Americans spend about 1.5 billion dollars a day on groceries, but supermarkets and grocery stores want shoppers to spend even more. A typical grocery store has about 50,000 products to sell to customers. Grocery stores have found creative and clever methods to make sure that shoppers buy more of these products.
2 Some stores use heat maps to track which aisles customers linger in, looking at products. This helps supermarket owners and managers figure out where people spend the most time in the store. Many stores provide discount cards that not only offer reduced prices to shoppers but also can electronically track products that customers purchase. At the checkout counter customers will be offered coupons for items similar to their purchases. One supermarket has started giving customers a handheld self-checkout device linked to the store’s discount card. This device alerts customers to sales as they walk by or scan certain products. This may sound convenient, but researchers like Joseph Turow of the University of Pennsylvania worry about customer privacy and the possibility of stores selling the shopping details of their customers to other companies.
3 Store owners know that milk and eggs are common items on many grocery lists, so these items should be at the front of the store, right? Actually, most stores place those items deeper into the store so that shoppers have to pass tantalizing products on their way to get the needed items. Florists, bakeries, and produce sections are usually at the front of the store because the items in them will appeal to shoppers’ senses, enticing customers to make purchases. Managers know that red signs get the attention of shoppers and that yellow and white signs have a calming effect. They also know that the human eye is likely to focus on products that are at eye level, so that is where the most expensive products are placed on the shelves. Less expensive products are placed higher or lower. Some companies negotiate with the supermarket to ensure that their products are in prime locations to make them more appealing than a competing brand’s products.
4 While the customer is trying to spend the shortest amount of time and the least amount of money while shopping, the supermarket is trying to encourage the shopper to do the opposite. A study by a food marketing group showed that about 60% of the items bought at the supermarket were not on the customer’s original list. If it sounds sneaky, it is! But an informed customer can see through these gimmicks and avoid coming home with extra items.
In paragraph 3, what are 2 strategies supermarkets use to entice their customers to buy more?
- Putting bakeries in the front and avoiding negotiating with companies who want their products placed in a special location
- Placing frequently purchased products on higher shelves so customers will have to work harder to get to them and keep coupons to a minimum
- Placing popular products in the front of the store and placing less expensive products in the back
- Using colored signs to attract a customer’s eyes and placing frequently purchased products in the back of the store
According to paragraph 2, supermarkets give customers a “self-checkout device linked to the store’s discount card.” Why might this device pose a threat to its customers?
- Customers will prefer discount cards instead
- Privacy laws will be violated and the customers could be charged
- If the information they gather is sold, that may be detrimental to the customers
- Inexperienced customers may misuse the device
How does the author advance his or her point of view in the article?
- The author describes the methods supermarkets use to get customers to spend more money.
- The author focuses on how Americans grocery shop.
- The author focuses on heat maps.
- The author describes the products commonly purchased by Americans.
Which sentence from the article best supports the answer to Part A?
- “A study by a food marketing group showed that about 60% of the items bought at the supermarket were not on the customer’s original list.”
- “Grocery stores have found creative and clever methods to make sure that shoppers buy more of these products.”
- “This helps supermarket owners and managers figure out where people spend the most time in the store.”
- “But an informed customer can see through these gimmicks and avoid coming home with extra items.”
Writing Practice Questions
Sports are a wonderful means for mankind to exercise one of its most basic principles: competition with our fellow man. Surrounding all types of sports is the concept of sportsmanship – the respect and ethical behavior shown to all participants of a contest. The spirit of the game, in many cases, is more important than the outcome of the match; a true competitor understands this. This is why many of our most beloved athletes are not always the most talented performers—it is the players who play with the purest motive, for the sake of the team, and with respect for all opponents, who gain the respect and admiration of the fans.
There are greater lessons to be learned from sports than being well liked by fans. Sports, and by extension, the athletes who play them, extend beyond cultural differences; surely styles of play can vary between countries and regions, but in general, sports are played the same everywhere. Similarly, fans of a sport are able to appreciate incredible athletic feats or displays of true sportsmanship regardless of the player. Simply put, in a day and age when settling cultural differences is of utmost importance, sports are a reasonably viable way to bring the world closer together.
Lastly, international events such as the Olympic Games or World Cup are perfect opportunities to show the world that international cooperation and peace are possible. Sports can and should be used as instruments of change in an uncertain world. They can also be proponents of peace.
The Olympic Creed says it best: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”
Which of the following is the most effective way to revise and combine the following sentences from paragraph three? “Sports can and should be used as instruments of change in an uncertain world. They can also be proponents of peace.”
- No correction is necessary
- Sports can and should be used as instruments of change and proponents of peace in an uncertain world
- Sports can and should be used as instruments of change in an uncertain world, and they can also be proponents of peace
- Sports can and should be used as instruments of change in an uncertain world; they can also be proponents of peace
Plastic bags have come under fire recently, with some cities even banning them altogether. ___________, paper bags are not necessarily more friendly to the environment than plastic bags. _________, a recent study showed that a paper bag has to be used three times before it can be said to have a lower impact on global warming than a plastic bag.
Complete the passage with the transitions that help the reader progress logically from one idea to the next.
- Therefore, In fact
- However, As a result
- For instance, Likewise
- However, In fact
If you are reading this right now, you are taking part in the wonder of literacy. Because of printed words, people can relay information across both time and space. Ideas are encoded in writing and transmitted to readers across thousands of miles and years. The words of people distant to us can influence events, impart knowledge, and change the world. Much of the credit for the development of this phenomenon can be attributed to one man: Johannes Gutenberg.
Johannes Gutenberg was born in the German city of Mainz. It’s been argued that Gutenberg’s idea was one of the greatest of all mankind. This one idea led to the spread of countless others. It plays a key role in the development of the Renaissance, Reformation, the Age of Enlightenment, and the Scientific Revolution. This idea would bring learning to the masses and form the backbone of the modern knowledge-based economy. Gutenberg created the mechanical printing press with movable type.
Before the spread of Gutenberg’s idea, literature was primarily handwritten. Each copy of the Catholic Bible and all 73 of its books were tediously and painstakingly scribed by hand. Given the amount of detail that went into each text, creating a single copy of the Bible could take years. Because of the effort that went into producing them, books were extremely rare and valuable. There was little reason for common people to learn to read or write since it was unlikely that they would ever handle a book in their lifetime, because of the value and scarcity of books. Gutenberg’s invention would change all of that. His printing press allowed literature to be produced on a mass scale. His movable metal type could be arranged once to form a page, and the press could print a page again and again.
The technologies that he created spread across Europe rapidly. As these printing technologies and techniques spread, news and books began to travel across Europe much faster than previously possible. The world has not been the same since.
Which portion of the passage should be eliminated?
- Johannes Gutenberg was born in the German city of Mainz
- His movable metal type could be arranged once to form a page
- Gutenberg created the mechanical printing press with movable type
- Before the spread of Gutenberg’s idea, literature was primarily handwritten
This weekend, I will go to basketball practice on Saturday morning and have dinner with my girlfriend on Saturday night. Then I am excited to be going to the movies on Sunday.
Which of these effectively combines the sentences into one sentence using appropriate parallel structure?
- This weekend, I will go to basketball practice on Saturday morning, have dinner with my girlfriend on Saturday night, and then go to the movies on Sunday.
- This weekend, I will go to basketball practice and dinner on Saturday, and then I am going to the movies on Sunday.
- This weekend, I will go to basketball practice on Saturday morning, have dinner with my girlfriend on Saturday night, and then gone to the movies on Sunday.
- This weekend, I will go to basketball practice on Saturday morning, have dinner with my girlfriend on Saturday night, and then I’m going to the movies on Sunday.
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Select the word or phrase that is redundant and can be removed without changing the meaning of the text.