TEAS® English Practice Test

The TEAS V English and Language Usage test covers spelling, punctuation, grammar, word meaning, and sentence structure. Our free TEAS English practice test includes 30 questions to be completed within 30 minutes. Our practice questions are designed to be very similar to the actual test questions, and they all include detailed explanations. Get started on your test prep right now with our free TEAS English practice test.

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Question 1
Which sentence is written correctly?

A
Since the professor was excessively boring; many of his students fell asleep.
B
Since the professor was excessively boring, many of his students fell asleep.
C
Since the professor was excessively boring many of his students fell asleep.
D
Since the professor was, excessively boring, many of his students fell asleep.
Question 1 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). This sentence is made up of an independent clause and a dependent clause. There should be a comma separating the two clauses. No other punctuation is necessary.
Question 2
The medical examiner was called in to perform a post-mortem examination.

Which word from the sentence above is a noun?

A
medical
B
was
C
perform
D
examination
Question 2 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). Nouns are words that name a person, place, or thing. The nouns in the sentence are “examiner” and “examination.” The word “medical” is an adjective. “Was” and “perform” are verbs.
Question 3
The postman came to the house. He has a letter for my mother. I heard the doorbell ring. I took the letter from the postman.

To improve sentence fluency, how could you state the information above in a single sentence?

A
When I heard the doorbell ring, I took the letter for my mother from the postman who had come to the house.
B
Having had a letter for my mother, the postman came to the house, where I heard the doorbell ring and took the letter from him.
C
Coming to the house with a letter for my mother, the postman rang the doorbell, which I heard, and so I took the letter from him.
D
When I heard the doorbell ring, I took the letter from the postman for my mother, who had come to the house.
Question 3 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (A). Sentence fluency is best achieved with clarity and a small number of clauses. Unlike the other options, (A) joins all four sentences into only two clauses. The other options have 3-4 clauses and are less succinct.
Question 4
_______ confident that with enough study they can easily pass the final exam.

Which of the following correctly completes the sentence above?

A
They have
B
There
C
Their
D
They’re
Question 4 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). The contraction “They’re” has the same meaning as “They are” and is the correct phrase to complete the sentence.
Question 5
Of the _______ items available to purchase in our neighbor’s ________ sale, the jewelry was the most valuable.

Which of the following correctly completes the sentence above?

A
miscellaneous; garrage
B
miscellaneous; garage
C
miscelaneous; garage
D
miscelaneous; garrage
Question 5 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). The correct spellings of these words are: miscellaneous, and garage.
Question 6
The mountaineering group _____ looking forward to climbing K2 next year.

Which of the following correctly completes the sentence above?

A
is
B
are
C
be
D
were
Question 6 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (A). The word “group” is a collective noun so it takes a singular verb. In context, the phrase “next year” shows that they are currently looking forward to the climb, so a present-tense verb is required.
Question 7
Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do.

What kind of sentence is this?

A
Interrogative
B
Imperative
C
Exclamatory
D
Declarative
Question 7 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). An imperative sentence gives a command or makes a request, and usually contains no subject. Here the subject is understood to be “you.”
Question 8
The admissions consultant outlined what makes a thorough application package, unrespective of financial hardship.

What is the error in this sentence?

A
consultant
B
thorough
C
package
D
unrespective
Question 8 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). In this sentence “unrespective” is incorrect. The correct word is “irrespective.”
Question 9
Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

A
He could accept anything from her, accept a lie.
B
He could except anything from her, accept a lie.
C
He could accept anything from her, except a lie.
D
He could except anything from her, except a lie.
Question 9 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). The word, “accept” means "to receive." “Except” is usually a preposition meaning "but" or "leaving out." Only choice (C) uses both wordy correctly.
Question 10
The well-stocked larder was replete with dozens of canned goods intended to last through the winter.

Which of the following is the meaning of the underlined word above?

A
full
B
heavy
C
managed
D
exploding
Question 10 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (A). The word “replete” means filled or well-supplied. In the context of this sentence, “full” would be the closest to this meaning.
Question 11
Which of the following is an example of a simple sentence?

A
The movie about the comic book superhero.
B
The movie about the comic book superhero that I watched last Friday night was very entertaining.
C
The movie about the comic book superhero had never interested me until last week.
D
The movie about the comic book superhero fascinated me, but it bored my best friend.
Question 11 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). A simple sentence contains one subject and one verb. (A) does not contain a verb and is not a complete sentence, while (D) contains two independent clauses. (B) is a complex sentence because it contains a relative clause (“that…”).
Question 12
To ______ should I address the postcard?

Which of the following correctly completes the sentence above?

A
who
B
whom
C
which
D
the which
Question 12 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). The word “who” is a subject pronoun and the word “whom” is the object pronoun. Since we’re discussing a human being, we would not use the word “which.” Since the blank is preceded by the article “to,” we need the object pronoun “whom.”
Question 13
Which of the following phrases follows the rules of capitalization?

A
Meredith’s Uncle
B
my sister Cheryl
C
her Great-Aunt
D
grandma Beth
Question 13 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). Unless it is being used as a title, the familial adjective should be in lowercase. However, in (D) it is being used as a title so should be capitalized. In (A) “uncle” should be lowercase, and in (C) “great-aunt” should be lowercase.
Question 14
The actors’ performances powerfully _____ the audience.

Which of the following options correctly completes the sentence above?

A
effected
B
affected
C
were effecting
D
were affecting
Question 14 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). Effected means "executed, produced, or brought about." Affected means "made an impact on." It is the past tense of the verb form of affect, which means "to impact." Answer (B) is preferable to (D), which is far too wordy.
Question 15
The clock shows ____ almost nine o’clock, so the bridal shop will soon be opening ____ doors.

Which of the following sets of words should be used to fill in the blanks in the sentence above?

A
it’s; its
B
its; its
C
it’s; its’
D
its; it’s
Question 15 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (A). The first blank needs to encompass the meaning of “it is” – the contraction “it’s” is correct. The second blank needs the possessive form “its.” Only (A) has both correct versions.
Question 16
Follow these directions to get to the church ____ make a left at the next intersection, drive three miles to the third stop sign, then turn left, and continue another two miles until you see the parking lot on the right-hand side.

Which of the following punctuation marks correctly completes the sentence above?

A
,
B
;
C
:
D
-
Question 16 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). A colon introduces items in a list or a definition. Since the meaning of this sentence is offering a list of directions, a colon is the correct piece of punctuation.
Question 17
His job performance was found to have an _______ low track record of success in nearly every area.

Which of the following is the correct completions of the sentence above?

A
abysmal
B
abysmall
C
abysmaly
D
abysmally
Question 17 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). Since the blank is modifying the adjectives “low” and “track” it makes sense to use the adverb form “abysmally.” (D) spells the word correctly and uses the correct form.
Question 18
When the gymnastic athletes travel for a competition, a chaperone must accompany ____.

Which of the following options correctly completes the sentence?

A
it
B
them
C
all of it
D
their
Question 18 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). Since the antecedent is the plural “athletes,” we need a pronoun that is also plural to replace it at the end of the sentence. (B) is the correct object pronoun.
Question 19
Next year, I __________.

Which of the following correctly completes the sentence above?

A
completed my college degree
B
did complete my college degree
C
will complete my college degree
D
completing my college degree
Question 19 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). The phrase “next year” indicates the future tense is needed. The verb “will complete” is correctly in the future-tense.
Question 20
The United States has _____ states than Europe has countries; there are only 47 European countries, but there are 50 states in America.

Which of the following options correctly completes the sentence above?

A
the more
B
most
C
more
D
many
Question 20 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). Based on the context of the second clause, we know that there must be MORE states than European countries. When comparing two items, we use the comparative word, “more.” If we were comparing three or more items, we’d use the superlative form “most.”
Question 21
Martin expressed his fear of diving in the deep ocean trench.

What kind of sentence is this?

A
imperative
B
interrogative
C
exclamatory
D
declarative
Question 21 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). This sentence makes a declarative statement of fact, so can be classified as a declarative sentence.
Question 22
The ______ late student was reprimanded by the teacher.

Which of the following correctly completes the sentence above?

A
habitualy
B
habitually
C
habituel
D
habituelly
Question 22 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). The word “habitually” means repeatedly or often. Choice (B) correctly spells the word.
Question 23
Which sentence is the clearest?

A
At the age of twelve, my parents sent me to boarding school.
B
When I was twelve, my parents sent me to boarding school.
C
At the age of twelve, I sent my parents to boarding school.
D
My parents, at the age of twelve, sent me to boarding school.
Question 23 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). Choices (A) and (D) make it sound like the parents were age twelve, when in fact it was the narrator. Choice (C) makes it sound like the parents were sent to boarding school. Only (B) has the clearest, most logical meaning.
Question 24
The child ____ to ride all the roller coasters at Disneyland.

Which of the following correctly completes the sentence above?

A
wants
B
want
C
does want
D
has the want
Question 24 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (A). The singular subject “child” needs a plural verb. The simplest version is the word “wants.”
Question 25
It’s important _____ research your essay topic thoroughly so you do not include _____ much irrelevant information.

Which of the following sets of words should be used to fill in the blanks in the sentence above?

A
too; to
B
to; two
C
to; too
D
too; two
Question 25 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). In front of an infinitive verb (such as “research”) we need the article “to.” The phrase “too much” is correctly completed in option (C).
Question 26
Any highly-regarded military leader should be capable of giving ______ orders.

Which of the following is the correct completion of the sentence above?

A
decicive
B
desicive
C
desisive
D
decisive
Question 26 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). “Decisive” means able to make choices quickly and confidently. It is spelled correctly in option (D).
Question 27
Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

A
They’re concern is that their may not be enough appetizers for everyone there expecting at the cocktail party.
B
Their concern is that they’re may not be enough appetizers for everyone there expecting at the cocktail party.
C
Their concern is that there may not be enough appetizers for everyone they’re expecting at the cocktail party.
D
There concern is that they’re may not be enough appetizers for everyone their expecting at the cocktail party.
Question 27 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). “Their” is a pronoun used to refer to a group of people. Since the “concern” belongs to a group of people, we’d use the word “their” to explain the possessive meaning. The word “they’re” is a contraction of “they are.” Only (C) correctly uses all three words.
Question 28
Which of the following sentences has correct subject-verb agreement?

A
The ambulance, which had flashing red lights on top, were letting other vehicles on the road know to pull over.
B
Either kale or spinach is a healthy vegetable to eat with dinner.
C
One of the soccer players kick the ball farther than his other teammates.
D
Several of the pieces of art was sold for above-average prices.
Question 28 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). In (A) the singular “ambulance” disagrees with the plural “were.” In (C), the singular “kick” does not agree with the singular “one.” It should be “kicks.” In (D) the plural “several” does not agree with the singular “was.”
Question 29
Which of the following is an example of a correctly punctuated sentence?

A
“What would you prefer to do on vacation – visit a museum or go on a walking tour?” asked my father.
B
“What would you prefer to do on vacation – visit a museum or go on a walking tour,” asked my father.
C
“What would you prefer to do on vacation: visit a museum or go on a walking tour?,” asked my father.
D
“What would you prefer to do on vacation: visit a museum or go on a walking tour,” asked my father?
Question 29 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (A). In this sentence, the question mark should go at the end of the sentence (“…walking tour?”). The only option that does this is (A). There is no need to have a comma following the question mark. In this context, either the colon or the dash would be acceptable.
Question 30
Which of the following book titles is correctly capitalized?

A
How To Lure A Fish
B
Insider’s Guide to The Best Fishing Spots
C
Fishing for Families
D
The west coast Fishing Guide
Question 30 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). The basic rule of capitalization is to capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions. Articles such as “a,” “an,” and “the” are lowercase unless they are found in the first or last word of the title.
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