Reading Comprehension 1
Getting Started 2
Reading Tips 1
Main Idea and Supporting Details 4
Point of View and Purpose 2
Meaning in Context 3
Inferences and Conclusions 3
Multiple Choice Strategy 1
How to Take a Test 5
Fact and Opinion 3
Getting Started with Reading Comprehension – The Basics
At first sight, reading comprehension tests look challenging especially if you are given long essays to answer only two to three questions. While reading, you might notice your attention waning, or feeling sleepy. Do not be discouraged because there are various tactics and long range strategies that make comprehending even long, boring essays easier.
Your friends before your foes. It is always best to start with essays or passages with familiar subjects rather than those with unfamiliar ones. This approach applies the same logic as tackling easy questions before hard ones. Skip passages that do not interest you and leave them for later.
Don’t use ‘special’ reading techniques. This is not the time for speed-reading or anything like that – just plain ordinary reading – not too slow and not too fast.
Read through the entire passage and the questions before you do anything. Many students try reading the questions first and then looking for answers in the passage thinking this approach is more efficient. What these students do not realize is that it is often hard to navigate in unfamiliar roads.
If you do not familiarize yourself with the passage first, looking for answers become not only time-consuming but also dangerous because you might miss the context of the answer
you are looking for. If you read the questions first you will only confuse yourself and lose valuable time.
Familiarize yourself with reading comprehension questions. If you are familiar with the common types of reading comprehension questions, you are able to take note of important
parts of the passage, saving time. There are six major kinds of reading comprehension questions.
- Main Idea– Questions that ask for the central thought or significance of the passage.
- Specific Details – Questions that asks for explicitly stated ideas.
- Drawing Inferences – Questions that ask for a statement’s intended meaning.
- Tone or Attitude – Questions that test your ability to sense the emotional state of the author.
- Context Meaning – Questions that ask for the meaning of a word depending on the context.
- Technique – Questions that ask for the method of organization or the writing style of the author.
Read. Read. Read. The best preparation for reading comprehension tests is always to read, read and read. If you are not used to reading lengthy passages, you will probably lose concentration.
Increase your attention span by making a habit out of reading.
Reading Comprehension tests become less daunting when you have trained yourself to read and understand fast. Always remember that it is easier to understand passages you are interested in. Do not read through passages hastily. Make mental notes of ideas you may be asked.