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Sample Questions and Practice Tests for Classified Examinations


The most common type of written test that the Los Angeles Community College District gives is the multiple-choice format. A multiple choice question presents a question with several alternative answer choices. Your task is to pick out the answer choice that gives the correct answer to the question. Although the number of questions vary, a written test typically consists of about 50 - 150 different questions.

Some of the areas we commonly test for include:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Arithmetic
  • Grammar
  • Clerical Skills
  • Data Interpretation

The following information is designed to assist you in becoming familiar with the types of questions you may encounter when taking one of our exams. Actual test questions may vary in type, level of difficulty, and subject matter depending on the job classification being tested for.

 

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Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension questions are designed to test your ability to understand the essential meaning of a paragraph. No outside information or knowledge is required to answer these questions.

Helpful Techniques for Reading a Passage:

  • Try to summarize the paragraph mentally.
  • Note whether the paragraph states a particular attitude toward the subject. Notice if the author approves or disapproves of the main point or if they remain neutral. Look for contrasting words like however.
  • If necessary, read the paragraph twice so that you understand it fully.

  • Don't dwell on unfamiliar words. Usually the context of the paragraph will help you understand such words.


Helpful Techniques for Choosing an Answer:

  • Eliminate incorrect answers.
  • Eliminate irrelevant or not addressed
  • Eliminate answers that contradict information in the reading passage
  • Eliminate extreme answers

It has been said that a weed is a flower whose virtue has not yet been discovered. As if to prove this point, a number of homeowners who are tired of constantly maintaining a pretty lawn and shrubbery have decided to let weeds run wild in their yards. The result, in some cases, has been quite an attractive array of lively shapes and colors.

The main idea in this passage is that:

  1. weeds are not flowers
  2. weeds make a pretty lawn even prettier
  3. weeds can be beautiful
  4. most homeowners prefer to let weeds run wild

The passage highlights that a "weed is a flower whose virtue has not yet been discovered." Answer choice (1) is wrong.

Answer choice (2) is wrong because the passage does not state that "weeds make a pretty lawn even prettier."

Correct answer choice is (3). The passage states that a collection of weeds can be "quite attractive."

Answer choice (4) is incorrect because the passage does not state that "most" homeowners prefer to let weeds run wild. It states that "a number" of homeowners have decided to do this.

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Arithmetic

 

Average The average is the same as the mean. Add up a series of numbers and divide the sum by the total number of values to find the average.
Denominator The bottom number in a fraction.
Difference The result of subtracting one number from another. In the problem 7 -3: The difference is 4.
Divisor A number that divides into another number. 30 divided 5, 5 is the divisor.
Integer A whole number that does not contain fractions or decimals.
Least Common Multiple The least common multiple of two numbers is the smallest number that is a multiple of both of them.
Mean The mean is the same as the average. Add up a series of numbers and divide the sum by the total number of values to find the mean.
Median The median is the "middle value" in a series of numbers ordered from least to greatest. When the total number of values in a list is odd, the median is the middle entry. When the total number of values in a list is even, the median is equal to the sum of the two middle numbers divided by two.
Mode The mode in a list of numbers are the values that occur most frequently.
Numerator The top number in a fraction.
Product The result you get from multiplying two or more numbers together. In the problem 4 x 5: The product of the two numbers is 20.
Quotient The result of dividing one number into another.
Sum The result of adding two or more number together. In the problem 5 + 7: The sum of the two numbers is 12.

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Grammar

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Spelling

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Clerical Skills

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Proofreading

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Data Interpretation

Use the information in the chart below to answer the questions in the Data Interpretation Practice Test - Pt. 1.

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Name Title Annual Salary Years of Service Exam Rating
Mai Administrative Assistant $30,400 10 82
Stanley Community Services Specialist $36,600 2 72
Lewis Administrative Operations Technician $24,400 1 71
Roberts Community Services Specialist $35,200 12 88
Tang Analyst $51,200 21 91
Guerro Administrative Assistant $40,000 8 81
Jensen Community Services Specialist $36,400 5 75
Walters Analyst $46,000 30 90
Sanchez Administrative Operations Technician $37,600 19 85
Taylor Administrative Operations Technician $31,600 5 74
Suiza Analyst $60,000 11 87
Emerson Administrative Operations Technician $22,000 2 72
Lee Analyst $65,000 31 100
Howard Administrative Assistant $25,600 4 75
Nunez Community Services Specialist $42,000 16 80

 

Use the information in the chart below to answer the questions in the Data Interpretation Practice Test - Pt. 2.

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Statistical Report of the City Personnel Department Comparing Activities During 2022 and 2023

  2022 2023
Total Staff (at end of year) 4,960 5,100
Provisionals (at end of year) 1,310 810
Appointments (provisionals and eligibles) 2,101 1,799
Terminations 1,547 1,467
Leaves of Absence 124 102
Military Leaves (cumulative) 115 150
Eligibles Certified 5,940 4,860
Eligibles Appointed 1,940 1,080
Exit Interviews 900 915
Personal Interviews 669 845
Suggestions Processed 136 150
Personnel Actions 5,477 5,278

 

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