# ASSET STUDENT GUIDE What Is ASSET?

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What Kinds of Questions Are on the ASSET Tests? The ASSET tests use a multiple-choice format. The following table gives the number of items and the amount of time allowed for each test. Test Basic Skills Tests: Writing Skills Reading Skills Numerical Skills Advanced Mathematics Tests: Elementary Algebra Intermediate Algebra College Algebra Geometry Number of Items 36 24 32 25 25 25 25 Minutes 25 25 25 25 25 25 25

The Writing Skills Test measures your understanding of appropriate usage in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, writing strategy, and writing style. The Reading Skills Test measures your ability to find specific information in text and to make logical inferences that extend beyond the text information. The Numerical Skills Test assesses your knowledge and skills in the performance of basic math operations using whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. This test also measures pre-algebra knowledge and skills such as your understanding of prime numbers, absolute values, scientific notation, and square roots. The Elementary Algebra Test measures skills often taught in a first-year high school algebra class, including evaluating and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations, and performing operations with polynomials. The Intermediate Algebra Test measures skills often taught in a second-year high school algebra class, including factoring, graphing, solving linear inequalities, and calculating slope and distance. 2

The Geometry Test measures skills often taught in a high school geometry class. including understanding formulas and principles related to squares. Sample items and instructions for the three Basic Skills tests and the four Advanced Mathematics tests are provided on the following pages (answers are provided on the last page). including performing operations with complex numbers. Each student will take only the ASSET tests that will be most helpful in determining the courses he or she should take.The College Algebra Test measures skills often taught in a first-year college algebra course. The most frequently administered tests are the three Basic Skills tests: Writing. and Numerical Skills. triangles. or Office of Student Services to determine the requirements and recommendations of your institution. Some institutions may require you to take one or more of the ASSET tests before enrolling in a particular program or course. Talk to your advisor. factorials. and other geometric figures. and graphs of polynomials. exponential functions. counselor. How Can I Arrange to Take the ASSET? Most institutions give the ASSET during orientation to incoming freshmen who have already applied and been admitted to the school. Reading. 3 . circles.

avoid disturbances in the testing room. Students may bring a spare calculator and extra batteries with them. If students plan to use a calculator. Models that have a power cord—No power cords are permitted. Sharing calculators during the test is not permitted.0. (NOTE: Calculators are NOT allowed on the ASSET Numerical Skills Test. Models that make noise—The sound feature must be turned off. College Algebra. Students are also responsible for ensuring that their calculator works properly. and all model numbers that begin with CFX-9970G Texas Instruments: All model numbers that begin with TI-89 or TI-92 Hewlett-Packard: hp 48GII and all model numbers that begin with hp 40G or hp 49G The following types of calculators are permitted only if they are used as noted: • • • • Models with paper tapes—The paper must be removed. NOTE: ACT monitors new calculators as they become available.Calculator Guidelines for ASSET Testing Calculators may be used on the ASSET Elementary Algebra. Intermediate Algebra. or factor polynomials (often called Computer Algebra Systems)—Prohibited calculators in this category include: Casio: Algebra fx 2. students and institutions are invited to check ACT’s website (www.act. and Geometry tests provided they meet the requirements listed below.org) or call toll free 800/498-6481 for a recorded message. The electrical cord must be removed. 6 . and protect the security of the testing materials and process. If their calculator uses batteries. they are responsible for bringing an acceptable one to the testing session. For the latest list of prohibited calculators. students must make certain that the batteries are strong enough to last throughout the testing session. Models with a QWERTY (typewriter) keypad (although calculators with letters on the keys are permitted as long as the keys are not arranged in QWERTY format) Models with built-in capability to simplify algebraic expressions. the following types of calculators are not permitted: • • • • • Pocket organizers Handheld or laptop computers Electronic writing pads or pen-input devices—The Sharp EL 9600 is permitted.) To ensure fairness for all test takers. and the test proctor will not provide a calculator. ClassPad 300. Models that can communicate (transfer data or information wirelessly with other calculators)—The wireless transfer capability must be disabled by placing opaque material (such as masking tape) over the infrared data port. multiply polynomials.

C. C. baked potatoes. Person’s can also simply 3 3. 8 . which my body was slowly changing to dough. was a difference. My experience having been different. steak. and ice cream. basked in the sun. A. [2] It happened two summers ago up at Lake Tom. B. C. I had to face the truth which 6 6. where I was vacationing with friends. B. A. NO CHANGE ate wonderfully: eating wonderful: eat wonderful: corn on the cob. but that whole week I decided to be lazy. 4 4. I had been accustomed to running fairly regularly. and ate 5 wonderful: lobster. D. C. NO CHANGE being different. A.muddy tracks and from smog to sleet and snow. D. B. NO CHANGE Still others One may also It’s also possible to collapse in their sneakers. A. B. D. NO CHANGE truth about truth: truth. was different. however. I had a revelation. D. I sailed. By the fourth day of this routine. 5 5.

inclines in the region. steepest longest. I turned onto Lookout 7 Hill Road and soon discovered how the 7 7. gasping and bedraggled. Perched at the faraway top of the hill was a solitary house. was the route I turned onto— road had come by its name. There I found a native New Englander rocking tranquilly on the 9 . having become curious. D. NO CHANGE Out of curiosity. [4] I was exhausted when. C. and only a desire to get a closer look at the place kept me going. NO CHANGE longest. at a painfully slow rate. A. up one of the longest. steepest 8 8. I was chugging. B. Lookout Hill Road was turned onto Having become curious. A.[3] So. I reached the crest of the hill. D. C. B. I tied on my favorite pair of running shoes and loped out to the main road in search of a five-mile route. steepest. Lookout Hill Road was the road I turned onto Lookout Hill Road. Out 7 of curiosity. filled with worthy ambition. longest and steepest.

sure live on a big hill!” [5] He studied me closely for a moment and then responded. D. laces. of my running pitched them into Lake Tom. “Mister. B. house. which was 9 painted.” That night I tied the laces of 10 my running shoes around a rock and 10 10. and I’ve got the good sense not to run up it. and it was painted. C. 10 . of my running laces of my running. “Yep. A. NO CHANGE laces. A. D. house.” I panted. B. NO CHANGE house (painted).front porch of the house. “you 9 9. C.

Choose the sequence of paragraph numbers that will make the essay’s structure most logical. 2 4. because the essay persuades readers to talk about running. A. No. 5. because the essay is an explanation of why the writer gave up jogging. 3 1. because more physical detail would be better in a descriptive essay. 2. C. because the story is enlivened by dialogue. 4. D. 11. 5.Items 11 and 12 pose questions about the essay as a whole. B. B. D. Yes. Is the use of direct quotation in the essay appropriate? 12. 11. NO CHANGE 1. 3 12. 4. 1. 2. 11 . C. 3. A. 5. Yes. No.

rather than luxury. D. The passage suggests that one indication of a country’s success in industrializing was: A. France modeled itself on the examples of Italy and Spain. D. A large population A. but pulled far ahead by the middle of the nineteenth century. D. produce wrought iron. England began on an equal base with France in the middle of the eighteenth century. B. rather than necessary. C. 3. the Industrial Revolution getting under way in England first. B. 5. the passage shows that: A.A. make use of the blast furnace. 13 . D. The author asserts that England’s primary role in world affairs in the nineteenth century can be explained in large part by: A. while France gained its capital reserves from trade. B. England and France were essentially equals until the middle of the nineteenth century. Technical skills III. B. D. C. D. C. a forest reserve that could be rapidly and efficiently replenished. 2. I only III only I and II only II and III only In comparing the economic development of England and France. goods. alter in order to deceive. England’s overwhelming naval power. B. Raw materials II. an educational system that could produce a steady supply of skilled workers. B. Holland. Spain. goods. C. an ability to satisfy a large market for necessary. Enriching the information provided in the passage Balancing the passage in the interest of fairness Simplifying the problem confronted in the passage Eliminating countries whose Golden Age was yet to come 6. What reason does the author give for discussing several countries besides England and France? A. while England modeled itself on the example of Holland. 4. England’s unlimited source of power to fuel its industry. move forward steadily. C. and Central and Eastern Europe. The decline of Italy. The passage suggests that generating the first Industrial Revolution required which of the following? I. a fluctuating demand for luxury. England gained most of its capital reserves from the spoils of war. C.

Napoleon. D. The main idea of the passage is that: A. S. an unnamed contemporary poet. the English preferred quantity in their goods. B. while the French demanded quality. with its conquest of Canada in 1763.7. Voltaire. England’s primary position in international affairs gave it the wealth and influence necessary for industrialization. C. L. B. certain conditions gave England an advantage over other countries in industrializing. England controlled the raw materials necessary for industrialization. 8. C. Stavrianos. D. 14 . France was compared to whipped cream by: A. According to the passage.

\$1. 1 5 1 20 1 25 1 50 1 200 15 .305 0. 24 3.35 0. the highway from Waukee to Winterset is 1 3 inches long. C. C.25 \$1. B. 0. D. D. 0. –12 B. B.07 0. E. B. C. Solve as many as you can.24 \$1.38 Not given 4. D. the fifth choice for an answer will be “Not given.70 \$1.05 ? A. D.08 0. E. Do not linger over problems that take too much time. and then fill in the corresponding space on your answer sheet. On a road map with a scale of inch per 10 miles.00 Not given 1 4 5. –2 | 3 – 4 – 5 | = ? A.75 7.80 2. 12 E. choose the correct answer. How many 8 miles long is this highway? A. Which of the following fractions is equivalent to 0. C. E. E. C. –8 C. what is the current price per gallon? A.20. 0. B.” Whenever none of the first 4 possible answers is correct. then return to the others in the time you have left.26 \$1. B. For some questions. 1. D. The price of gasoline has increased by 5% during the past month.70 1. If the price per gallon a month ago was \$1. 0. E.Sample Numerical Skills Test Directions: Solve each problem.35 ÷ 5 = ? A. choose “Not given” as your answer.05 + 0. 44 55 65 70 90 6.30 = ? A. 8 D.

If 5 × 10n = 0. Which of the following gives 6a2b3 – 3a2b in factored form? A. and then darken the corresponding space on your answer sheet. E. B. D. C. B. then return to the others in the time you have left. For all x ≠ 0 and y ≠ 0. 3a2b(2b2) 3a2(2b2 – 1) 3ab(2ab2 – 1) 3a2b(2b2 – 1) a2b(6b2 – 1) 16 . (3 x −2 y 3 )2 =? xy A. D. Do not linger over problems that take too much time. choose the correct answer. D. For some questions. If x = –3. E. C. the fifth choice for an answer will be “Not given.Sample Elementary Algebra Test Directions: Solve each problem. –5 –3 –2 2 3 4. E. E.005. D.” Whenever none of the first 4 possible answers is correct. choose “Not given” as your answer. then x2 – 2x + 1 = ? A. 1. then n = ? A. B. 16 4 1 –11 –14 3. Solve as many as you can. 9y4 x 9y4 x2 9 y5 x5 9y7 x5 2. C. C. 9x3y8 B.

What is the distance between the points with (x. E. D. 1.y) coordinates (3. What are all the real values of x that are solutions for the inequality | x – 2 | ≤ 6 ? A.Sample Intermediate Algebra Test Directions: Solve each problem. 3 7 7 37 11 17 . B. E. z+2 z+ 7 3 z+5 2z + 4 3z + 7 3. then return to the others in the time you have left. If 3x – 2 = 2y and y = 3z + 5. D. E. C. and then fill in the corresponding space on your answer sheet. B. choose the correct answer. which of the following is equal to x ? A.–2) and (–3. C.–1)? A. B. Solve as many as you can. D. Do not linger over problems that take too much time. –8 ≤ x ≤ –4 –8 ≤ x ≤ 4 –8 ≤ x ≤ 8 –4 ≤ x ≤ 4 –4 ≤ x ≤ 8 2. C.

a2 + 4a + 4 a2 + 4a + 2 a2 + 4a a2 + 2 a2 3. log 8 + log 2 = ? A. D. E. For 0° < x < 90°. then return to the others in the time you have left. C. log 4 log 10 log 16 log 64 log 256 2. C. B. D. C. B. D. choose the correct answer.Sample College Algebra Test Directions: Solve each problem. how many solutions are there for the equation 2 sin x = cos x ? A. Do not linger over problems that take too much time. then f(a + 2) = ? A. E. If f(x) = x2 – 2. Solve as many as you can. and then fill in the corresponding space on your answer sheet. 0 1 2 3 4 18 . E. B. 1.

B. 36π 24π 12π 9π 3π 2. D. the lengths of AB and BC each equal 13 centimeters. 18 24 30 54 192 19 . Solve as many as you can. 1. and then fill in the corresponding space on your answer sheet. C. C. then return to the others in the time you have left. what is the area of the circle. what is the area. of ΔABC ? A. C. E. B. B.Sample Geometry Test Directions: Solve each problem. In ΔABC . in square units? A. D. D. How many tiles are needed to tile the floor of a closet measuring 6 feet by 4 feet if each tile is a square with sides 8 inches long? A. choose the correct answer. 10 30 60 62 65 3. Do not linger over problems that take too much time. If the perimeter of ΔABC is 36 centimeters. in square centimeters. E. E. If the diameter of a circle is 6 units long.

E 2. D 20 . A 6. B 4. D 4. D 5. B 6. A 12. C 2. D 2. 8. C 4. A 6. C 2. A 3. C Reading Skills Answer Key 1. B 4. A 8. D 3. B A Numerical Skills Answer Key 1. C 5. C 3. B College Algebra Answer Key 1. B 3. D 3. B Elementary Algebra Answer Key 1. B 2. B 7. C 5. A 3. A 11. B 2. A 9. C 7. D 10.Answers to Sample Items Writing Skills Answer Key 1. D Intermediate Algebra Answer Key 1. B Geometry Answer Key 1. C 2. C 3.

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