The PLACE test Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educatorsseries is a comprehensive and challenging battery of assessments for men and women who want to teach or work in schools in the state of Colorado. The tests are based on Colorado licensing standards and state curricula.

All of the exams in the series are criterion-referenced, meaning that scores are compared to an objective standard rather than to the performance of other test takers. There are three basic types of PLACE test: the basic skills test, the content-area assessments, and the administrator assessments.

The basic skills assessment has three sections, each considered an independent subtest: reading, mathematics, and writing. This test is often required of students before entering a teacher preparation program. The content-area assessments measure knowledge in specific subject areas, such as art and science. There are also examinations for special education and specific age groups, like elementary or middle school students. The administrator exams are designed for those who wish to ascend to management positions within a school.
Each PLACE test is administered by computer in a special testing center. Scores are made available approximately one month after the exam date.

PLACE Test – Elementary Education Practice Questions

1. A student who is a non-native speaker of English hands in a composition that includes the following sentences:
Yesterday I go to the park. I have a good time swimming on the pool.

Which kinds of errors did the student make?
a. subject/verb agreement and word order
b. verb tense and preposition use
c. misplaced modifier and sentence fragment
d. pronoun error and dangling modifier

2. A third-grader who is interested in historical fiction is most likely to enjoy:
a. Sarah, Plain and Tall.
b. Summer of My German Soldier.
c. To Kill a Mockingbird.
d. Treasure Island.

3. The equation 4 (7+5) = 4 x 7 + 4 x 5 demonstrates the:
a. distributive property of multiplication over addition.
b. commutative property of multiplication.
c. associative property of multiplication.
d. inverse property of multiplication.

4. Four classes have raised money for charity. The amounts raised were $65, $88, $94, and $110. What is the median amount raised by the four classes?
a. $89.50
b. $91
c. $110
d. $358

5. In a class of 24 students, 18 completed their projects on time. What fraction of the students failed to complete their projects on time?
a. 1/4
b. 2/3
c. 3/4
d. 5/8

1. B. The student used the present-tense verb forms go instead of went and have instead of had in describing actions that took place in the past. The student also used the idiomatically incorrect preposition on instead of in. The student did not make any other errors.

2. A. Set on a farm in the midwest in the 19th century Sarah, Plain and Tall can be read independently by most third-graders. The titles mentioned in the other choices are too difficult for most third-graders to read on their own.

3. A. The distributive property states that a(b + c) = a x b + b x c. The cumulative property allows real numbers to be added or multiplied in any order. The associative property states that the order in which real numbers are added or multiplied together makes no difference. The inverse property states that every real number has a multiplicative inverse, or reciprocal, such that n x 1/n = 1.

4. B. If there is an even number of values, the median is the mean, or arithmetic average, of the two middle values. $88 + $94 = $182. $182 x 2 = $91. If the problem had asked for the mean of the four values, choice A would have been correct.

5. A. If 18 of 24 students completed their projects, then 6 of 24 failed to do so. 6/24 = 1/4.

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