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TSI Writing Practice Quiz 1
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The passage below will be used for 15 questions. Read the passage and answer question <1>


DIRECTIONS: In the passage below, certain phrases are underlined and numbered <x>. The question will present alternatives for the underlined part.  In most cases. you are to 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 the best, choose "NO CHANGE".

Haiti

[1]
Although my friends and family were skeptical of whether <1> I would be safe, I boarded the plane in New York boldly <2>and flew to Haiti. My college roommate had agreed to take medical supplies to a rural clinic where his brother was a physician, and I agreed to go and help.

[2]
When me and my roommate <3>landed at the airport in the capital Port au Prince, the chaos inside the airport was frightening. Dozens of men approached us while gesturing to our luggage, and yelling at us in Creole. They wanted us to select their taxis. I was thrilled <4>when my roommate smiled at someone who called our names through the crowd.

[3]
Papi, our designated transporter, was a Haitian man in his early twenties who works <5>for the physician. He warmly welcomed us to his country, and seemed to have a great sense of humor.<6> He laughed nonstop during our ride through the capital city. Once we were on the open highway, Papi taught us basic Creole greetings to pass the time during our excessively long four-hour commute. <7> 

[4]
The mountainous town where we would spend the week was beautiful, and I immediately fell in love with the place and its people. The views rocked! <8>Even though I could not fluently speak Creole, I made the most of my time with the land and its inhabitants. Several daily tasks kept me busy that week. The medical clinic was a modest two-room building, and their <9>staff needed help reorganizing the supply pantry. I removed, counted, sorted, and restocked supplies, <10>before adding the additional resources we brought from the United States. After I cleaned and organized the supply pantry, I assisted a visiting nutritionist with distributing vitamins to the locals. <11>

[5]
Each evening, two dozen young children would sit on the porch where my roommate and I stayed. They laughed constantly, they <12>always found joy in the simplest of things. They did teach <13>us to count in Creole and read children’s stories to us in French. They invited us to kick balls with them and chase yard chickens. Even though they did not have many toys, the children entertained one another with conversation, laughter and storytelling.

[6]
When it was time to leave Haiti and return to New York, I was sad to say goodbye.  Although my roommate and I delivered medical supplies to their community, the people gave us memories that will last the rest of our lives.<14>  






TSI Information

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) test is a program intended to help your college determine if you are ready for college-level course work.  The TSI test covers math, reading, and writing test areas.

The purpose of the TSI exam is to assess your readiness for college-level course work.  Your scores on the TSI will affect the courses you will be placed in, as well as identifying whether any academic interventions are required.

All incoming college students in Texas are required to take the TSI assessment unless exempted (i.e., meeting ACT or SAT college readiness standards, successful completion of college-level english and math courses...).

The TSI test questions are multiple choice. In addition, many students will be required to write an essay for the writing portion of the test. The questions are aligned to the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards.

The TSI exam does not have a time limit. The number of questions on the exam vary because the TSI test is a computer-adaptive test.  Computer adaptive tests change the difficulty and number of questions depending on how a student is responding.  Scoring is immediate - after you finish your TSI assessment, you will immediately receive a score and information on your skill or proficiency levels.

Sources:

Some questions are from the following sources:
Erik Jacobsen at www.erikthered.com/tutor
From the New York State Education Department. "High School Regents Examinations".  Internet. Available from www.nysedregents.org; accessed 8/29/2011.
CK-12 Foundation - www.ck12.org
BEHS Sat Prep - https://behssatprep.wikispaces.com/
PWN the SAT - http://blog.pwnthesat.com/

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