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Exam Structure and Format
The Nelson Denny Reading test (also called the Nelson Denny Police Test) takes 45 minutes including instruction time.
There are two sub tests and four scores as below,
Vocabulary Sub Test 80 multiple choice questions. The content is typical of any high school or college textbook.
Reading Comprehension Sub Test 5 short passages are given, also from general high school or college textbooks followed by 38 multiple choice questions based on the given passage.
Usually, about 50% of the questions are factual and the other half inferential. The total reading score is derived by adding the vocabulary score and the reading comprehension score. The reading comprehension scores are doubled to compensate for the greater number of questions in the first subset.
The Nelson Denny reading test (or police test) is also used to identify reading problems to predict academic success, as well as a measurement of positive educational interventions. The most valid academic predictor is the college and high school GPA (.56).
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Getting Started with the Nelson Denny
Nelson Denny Study Plan 8
Answer Key 19
Help with Reading Comprehension 22
Drawing Inferences And Conclusions 26
Main Idea and Supporting Details 24
Tips for Main Idea Questions 26
Drawing Inferences and Conclusions 27
Answer Key 35
Nelson Denny Practice Test Questions Set 1
Answer Key 61
Practice Test Questions Set 2
Answer Key 93
How to Improve your Vocabulary
Meaning in Context 106
Answer Key 110
The Top 100 Common Vocabulary 114
Stem Words 116
Stem Words Practice Questions 126
Answer Key 129
Stem Words Practice Part II 131
Answer Key 134
Most Common Prefix 139
Prefix Practice Questions 142
Answer Key 145
Most Common Synonyms 146
Synonym Practice Questions 151
Answer Key 155
Most Common Antonyms 157
Antonym Practice Questions 159
Answer Key 162
How to Prepare for a Test
Mental Prep 166
How to Take a Test
The Basics 169
In the Test Room 171
Common Test-Taking Mistakes 176