Try our free PERT Reading practice test. The PERT Reading test focuses on reading comprehension skills for both fiction and non-fiction. You will need to identity the author’s purpose, summarize important ideas, determine the meaning of words in context, and distinguish between facts and opinions. This test includes 30 questions and there is no time limit. Be sure to read each passage very carefully.
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As it is used in the first paragraph, the word “fields” means:
Subjects of study and expertise
Large, open expanses NASA used for launching spacecraft
Arenas where Jackson competed as a student athlete in Hampton, VA
Geometric planes used to create scientific and mathematical diagrams
The main purpose of this passage is:
To argue that more women and people of color should be represented in science and mathematics
To briefly summarize the accomplishments of an influential figure in 20th century history
To emphasize the role of Hampton, Virginia's education system in Mary Jackson's success
To highlight the tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union during the "space race" of the 1950s
Based on the information in the passage, which of the following tasks would a human computer most likely perform?
Tracking the budgets of government agencies and groups like NASA
Designing aircraft to use storage space as efficiently as possible
Calculating the number of aircraft the United States would need to build to outpace the space programs of other countries
Determining how much fuel an aircraft would need to leave the Earth's atmosphere
Which was a major obstacle to Mary Jackson's goal of working with spacecraft?
NASA had already hired too many engineers, so Jackson's help was unneeded.
At the time, it was against the law for black women to attend universities.
Engineering schools did not want to admit women or people of color as students.
Her supervisor, Kazimierz Czarnecki, did not believe Jackson should work with engineers.
According to the passage, how did Jackson convince the city of Hampton to allow her to take night classes at the all-white high school?
By arguing that it was unlawful for them to discriminate against her solely because she was an African-American woman.
She didn’t; her overseer Kazimierz Czarnecki was the one to petition the city on her behalf.
By stating that the more educated engineers NASA had, the more likely they were to beat Russia to space.
By demonstrating her drive and commitment to furthering her education in mathematics, science, and technology.
Which event came first?
Gandhi was imprisoned by the British.
Gandhi became leader of the Indian National Congress.
Gandhi studied law in England.
India gained independence from the British.
As it used in the passage, the word radical most nearly means:
When did the British grant India independence?
Based on the selection, which of the following actions would be an example of “civil disobedience”?
People refusing to pay a tax they found unfair
Lying under oath in a court of law
Writing an angry letter to the newspaper
Voting for an unpopular presidential candidate
Which sentence states an opinion?
“In both England and South Africa, Gandhi encountered incredible discrimination by white people against Indians and other people of color.”
“He gained international attention for his hunger strikes, refusing to eat until the British changed their unjust policies.”
“Gandhi became known as Mahatma, a Sanskrit word meaning “Great Soul.”
“Gandhi’s lifetime commitment to peace, nonviolence, and justice remains an inspiration to us all.”
What is implied by the first sentence of the passage?
Whitney has been to the island before
Whitney has strong navigation skills
Whitney is more intelligent than Rainsford
Whitney has heard about the island, but not been there
What is the setting for the story?
A chilly night in the Amazon rainforest
A sweltering afternoon on the Amazon River
A humid night on the Caribbean Sea
A damp night in Rio de Janeiro
Read this sentence from the passage:
The author uses this underlined statement to show that:
Whitney and Rainsford have hunted together in the past
Rainsford is a lucky shot
Whitney idolizes Rainsford
Rainsford is a ruthless hunter
How do Rainsford and Whitney’s opinions on the jaguar differ?
Rainsford doesn’t believe jaguars have feelings
Whitney believes the jaguars' emotions matter
Rainsford believes the jaguars are intelligent
Whitney believes the jaguars lack understanding
The description of the island creates a sense of:
Which of the following best describes Rainsford’s character?
Realistic and blunt
Bullying and aggressive
Sarcastic and jaded
Philosophical and practical
Which would make the best title for this selection?
Martial Arts in China during the Qing Dynasty
A Brief History of Shaolin Temples
Wu Mei: Martial Arts Reaches the Masses
Wu Mei: How Legends Become Reality
Which event came last?
The Shaolin Temple was destroyed.
Mei created a style of martial arts for smaller, weaker fighters.
Mei became one of the temple’s Five Elders.
Mei trained a young girl to defend herself.
As it is used in the passage, the word “Elders” most nearly means:
Old people living in the Shaolin Temple
Experts in Wu Mei’s fighting style
The leaders of the Shaolin Temple
Leaders in China during the Qing Dynasty
Why did Wu Mei base her fighting style on the movements of animals from around China?
She wanted to help her students feel connected with nature.
She believed the animals’ style of movement had enabled them to survive among humans.
The Qing Dynasty was a time of great reverence for animals in China.
She wanted her fighting style to appeal to people all over China.
Which of the following statements is false?
We don’t know if Wing Chun was really inspired by Mei training a young girl.
Wing Chun differs from other forms of martial arts because it was designed for the small, weak individuals, not just the strong and athletic.
Wing Chun is based on the movements of one animal: the crane, because of its smooth, stealthy motions.
Mei lived during the Qing Dynasty.
The main purpose of this passage is:
To list Beethoven’s many notable accomplishments.
To explain how Beethoven’s difficulties inhibited him from achieving great things in the end of his life.
To highlight how Beethoven composed great music despite his deafness.
To show how the relationship between Beethoven and his abusive, alcoholic father influenced his work.
As it is used in the passage, what does the word “embodies” mean?
To provide with a body
To organize or incorporate
To express or exemplify
Which of the following events occurred last?
Beethoven wrote to his friends complaining of his hearing loss.
Beethoven composed his Ninth Symphony.
Beethoven had his “heroic period.”
Beethoven completely lost his hearing.
Which sentence shows us how Beethoven felt about his hearing loss?
Beethoven lamented over the injustice of life, that he — a talented composer and musician — could lose his hearing.
He had a multitude of disastrous concerts in which he could not hear what he was playing.
He was forced to make the decision to quit performing and only compose.
This man wrote songs, sonatas, and symphonies that he himself would never hear.
Which statement is false?
Beethoven’s father was an alcoholic.
Beethoven was an only child.
Beethoven wrote nine symphonies.
Beethoven faced financial difficulties.
Which of the following would be the best title for this passage?
21 Hours: Amelia Earhart’s First Flight across the Atlantic
Where Is She? The Mysterious Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart: Shattering Records and Gender Norms
Women in Flight: Notable Female Pilots
Which event came first?
Earhart was awarded the Gold Medal of the National Geographic Society.
Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Pacific.
Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.
Earhart partnered with Wilmer Stultz and Louis E. Gordon.
Based on the passage, which word best describes Earhart’s personality?
As it is used in the passage, what does the word “odds” mean?
The opposite of “evens”