SHSAT English Language Arts (ELA)

What's on the ELA Section of the SHSAT Exam?

The English Language Arts (ELA) section of the SHSAT lasts 90 minutes and consists 57 multiple-choice questions - 47 are scored questions and 10 are unscored field test items. You will NOT know which questions are scored and which are field test items so you should answer all questions in this section.

There are 2 parts to the ELA section: Revising/Editing and Reading Comprehension.

The Revising/Editing section assess students' ability to recognize and correct language errors and to improve the overall quality of a piece of writing. This section may have up to 20 total questions and is divided into Parts A and B.

Part A includes up to eight questions, each of which is based on its own sentence or paragraph.

Part B includes questions that are based on one or two passages.

The Reading Comprehension section requires students to read five or six passages, each of which is followed by up to ten questions assessing students' ability to understand, analyze, and interpret what they have read.

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