Free Sample CLEP English Composition Exam Prep Quiz

Below is a brief non-functioning CLEP quiz example from our Marketing database to illustrate the different subtopics, as well as the question answer format.

Sample Question 1

From the database of CLEP English Composition

Neither of them claims responsibility for their actions.

Which underlined word creates an error in the sentence?

A. Neither
B. claims
C. their
D. leave as is

The correct answer is B. For subject/verb agreement, singular subjects need singular verbs; plural subjects need plural verbs. The pronouns neither and either are singular and require singular verbs even though they seem to be referring, in a sense, to two things.

 

Sample Question 2

From the database of CLEP English Composition

Because John is well traveled, he spoke multiple languages and understands cultural differences.

Which underlined word creates an error in the sentence?

A. is
B. spoke
C. understands
D. leave as is

The correct answer is B. When sequences of verbs are present in a sentence, they should be written in the same tense. In this case, "˜understands' is a present tense, therefore "˜spoke' should also be. It should read:

Because John is well traveled, he speaks multiple languages and understands cultural differences.

We can also change the verb form for "˜is' and "˜understands' to past tense to match "˜spoke'. That would read as follows:

Because John was well traveled, he spoke multiple languages and understood cultural differences.

 

Sample Question 3

From the database of CLEP English Composition

John always wrote better notes for class than Jack.

Choose which problem occurs above.

A. Pronoun Error
B. Subject/Verb Agreement Error
C. Parallel Construction Error
D. Faulty Comparison
E. Redundancy

The correct answer is D. There are two forms of faulty comparison. One is when a comparative is used without a specification and the other compares two (or more) things that cannot logically be compared.

The comparison is confusing. Is John writing notes for class or Jack? It should read:

John always wrote better notes for class than Jack has.

 

Sample Question 4

From the database of CLEP English Composition

Mark and Jason are in Los Angeles as their going to the convention.

Choose which problem occurs above.

A. change are to is
B. change their to there
C. change their to they're
D. leave as is

The correct answer is C. Their is a possessive pronoun; there, an adverb meaning "in the specified place"; they're, a contraction of "they are." "They're sitting over there in their seats." Mark and Jason are they subjects, so they are going to the convention.

 

Sample Question 5

From the database of CLEP English Composition

It certainly isn't mine. I honestly believe the pens lids belong on the desk.

Which underlined word creates an error in the sentence?

A. isn't
B. pens
C. lids
D. leave as is

The correct answer is C. When the noun is a normal plural with an added s, no extra s is added in the possessive, so pens' lids (where there is more than one pen) is correct rather than pens's lids. If the plural is not one that is formed by adding s, add an s for the possessive, after the apostrophe: children's hats, women's hairdresser, some people's eyes (but compare some peoples' recent emergence into nationhood, where peoples is meant as the plural of the singular people).