I designed this exercise to prepare my students for the Reading section of the High School Placement Test (HSPT). Modeled after the Reading Comprehension short passage section, this worksheet serves to familiarize students with test format and question types as well as offer them an exercise in close reading. In addition to a traditional practice worksheet, I've also included a second page that asks students to explain their reasoning for each multiple choice question. I have found this step to be extremely helpful in identifying misconceptions as well as areas in need of additional support in my classroom. Additionally, many students articulate their own unique way of determining the correct answer which can then be shared with the class as an alternative test-taking strategy. Lastly, you will find an Answer Key with detailed explanations and additional test-taking tips. Enjoy!