The CPT English test has two parts: grammar and writing. The first section requires you to identify grammatical errors in 40 sentences, and the second section requires a 300-500 word essay. Students are allowed 2.5-hours to write the CPT.
The grammar section of the CPT has forty sentences that may have grammatical errors. For each sentence, you will be asked to indicate if the sentence is correct or contains an error. There are no spelling or punctuation errors, and you do not need to re-write incorrect sentences.
Twenty of the sentences (ESL) may contain errors that are commonly made by people whose first language is not English. The remaining twenty sentences (REM) may contain errors that are often made by people whose first language is English.
Here are examples of each type of sentence. The incorrect word is bold.
English as a Second Language (ESL) sentences
Remedial (REM) sentences
For the essay portion of the CPT, you will be given a choice of five essays topics. You will write a 300-500 word expository essay on the topic you choose. An expository essay involves presenting an idea, argument, or opinion, rather than just relating a story. Your essay should include several well-developed paragraphs.
You will be graded on how well you develop your idea, argument, or opinion. You will also be marked on word choice, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation.
Using each of the following statements as a starting point, write an essay in which you develop one significant idea related to the statement you choose.