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Course SummaryUse this study guide to review the fundamentals of reading, writing and mathematics in preparation for the PLACE Basic Skills exam. Our video lessons and quizzes provide effective resources for mastering the exam material so you can earn a great score on test day.
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About This Course
This course helps you refresh your knowledge of information needed to pass the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) Basic Skills exam. These video lessons allow you to brush up your understanding of writing structure, reading comprehension and mathematics. After completing this course, you should have solid knowledge of topics you'll find on the exam, including:
- Writing organization
- Types of essays and essay structure
- Reading strategies
- Mathematical logic
- Algebraic expressions
About the Exam
The PLACE Basic Skills exam is not required for licensing or certification to teach in Colorado, but some colleges or universities recommend taking it. It has three sections, reading, writing and mathematics, with multiple-choice questions. Writing a 300-600 word essay on an assigned topic is also part of the section on writing. This is a paper exam, and you will be allotted 4 and a-half-hours to complete it.
PLACE Basic Skills Exam Preparation & Registration
The brief videos in this study guide offer a look at the topics covered by the PLACE Basic Skills exam. You'll be able to refresh your knowledge of reading comprehension as well as rules for grammar and punctuation. Lessons on organizing your writing will help with the writing questions and the required essay, while the mathematics lessons touch on basic math, geometry and algebra. At the end of each lesson, short multiple-choice quizzes let you assess your knowledge and gain practice in answering questions in the format you'll encounter on test day.
To register for the exam, you must create an account on the PLACE website. You will pay for the test when you register and choose a test date and site. The basic skills exam is offered in September and May at testing centers throughout the state. The deadline for regular registration is about three weeks prior to the test date. Late registration is open until about a week before the test date, but you'll have to pay an additional fee.
After your registration is processed, you will be e-mailed an admission ticket that you must print and bring with you to the testing center. You'll also need to bring a government-issued photo ID and several sharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers.
PLACE Basic Skills Exam Scoring
Your scores will be posted to your account about four weeks after the test date. You can also request to have the scores e-mailed to you. Each section is graded separately, with 220 as the passing score. If you don't pass all the sections, you can retake only the sections you didn't pass.
Exam topics covered: Using context to determine word meaning, understanding main ideas, point of view and meaning, drawing conclusions from written material, evaluating the logic of an argument, differentiating between fact and opinion, determining objectivity in written material, following written instructions and understanding information presented in graphs and charts
What you'll study: Our study guide includes lessons on point of view, foreshadowing, irony, literary motifs, critical thinking, how to analyze a literary passage, methods of inferring intended meaning, the main idea, author's purpose, the importance of word choice, how to evaluate sources for reliability and worth, logical fallacies and ways of distinguishing fact from fiction.
Exam topics covered: Looking for logical flaws in problem solutions, determining that needed information is missing, identifying invalid logic, interpreting graphs, using math in daily life, understanding scale in map reading, applying geometry formulas to real world problems and solving problems with algebraic formulas and equations.
What you'll study: In our study guide, you'll review topics including logical math connectors, conditional statements in math, reasoning in mathematics, principles for problem solving, the order of operations, variables in algebra, exponential expressions, how to solve algebra equations in word problems, using bar graphs and pie charts, calculating percent increase, quantitative data, ratios, money problems, compounding interest, permutations, distance formulas, standard units of measurement, area and perimeter of triangles and rectangles, circumference of circles, the Pythagorean Theorem and calculating volumes of basic shapes.
Exam topics covered: Determining audience, identifying the writing's purpose, developing unity and focus in a piece of writing, organizing paragraphs and sentences to convey ideas, using correct grammar, punctuation and parts of speech.
What you'll study: Our study guide includes lessons on structuring your writing with sound logic and good sentence structure as well as how to write a strong essay, types of essays, developing rhetorical skills, appealing to an audience and using sources in an essay.
Exam topics covered: Language and style, focus, use of details, organization, structure and word usage.
What you'll study: Our lessons go over many aspects of essay writing, including writing a thesis statement, an argument, logical sentences and effective conclusions.
Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) is a trademark of the Colorado Department of Education and Pearson Education, Inc., or its affiliates, which are not affiliated with Study.com.
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