Friday, 21 July 2017

Tips for attempting Reading comprehension

Reading for comprehension passages test the ability of students to maneuver through the given passage to reach the right answer. It is like a puzzle that must be solved, and the solver must work his or her way through the passage to answer the questions. They discourage cram work. 

PROSE Questions pertaining to reading for comprehension often contain prosaic passages. These passages can be discursive, descriptive, or factual. These questions are designed to test the ability of the students to analyze the idea that the passage is trying to convey. 

Steps to answer questions: 1. Carefully read the given passages at least twi ice or till you understand the essence of the text. 2. Go through the passage once more to pick out words which contain an answer to the question. 3. Refer to other question sets. 4. Answer neatly in your own words, avoiding mistakes in spellings and grammar. 5. Title will be based on: a) The main point or idea. b) The main event. c) The main character.

 PARTS OF READING FOR COMPREHENSION: 1. Vocabulary: Give a meaning that means the same thing or nearly the same thing as the original word. Only one word or one short phrase will be given, even if there are other words with the exact meaning. The tense of the meaning word (verb) must be in the same tense of the original word.

2. Short questions: The answers must be precise. Avoid irrelevant details. Pay attention to the instructions. Quote verbatim. Follow the order of the questions.

3. Summary Writing: Summary writing calls for your ability to summarize a passage within the limit of 80-100 words. It ensures that you understand the passage and have the judgment to separate what is relevant and what is irrelevant. A good summary should be complete in itself so that anyone who has no time to read the original passage, may, by reading the summary, knows what the writer of the original passage means to convey to the reader 

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