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Reading casually doesn't make you good at reading comprehension.
You see, to get a high score in maths, you need to learn the content and practice time management.
With reading comprehension tests, merely learning the content won't cut it. You need strategy and approach.
Don't worry, there's good news, too.
With the right attitude, consistent online and on-paper practice, and an effective approach, tackling difficult reading comprehension questions can become second nature.
Read on for the answers to the top reading comprehension questions from students and parents as well as learn our best exam strategies to shine on your test day.
The exam time limit is a real struggle since you need to be both accurate and quick.
Here are our secret reading comprehension strategies to make the most of every test minute.
Most students think they need to carefully read the full text before reading the question. The problem with this approach is that some reading comprehension passages are very long.
It means that:
There’s a far better and more efficient strategy at place. We call it the "down to top" approach.
Here's how it works.
Instead of scanning through long passages that will eat up your time, read the question first.
This way, you'll know what details to focus on in the passage, making the whole reading process more focused and purposeful.
Once you've located the information you need to answer the question, don't read further. Go through the available answer choices and see if you can eliminate the ones not related to the passage or which can't be supported by the text.
Check out sample passage with answer (in video below) below to see how this reading comprehension strategy works in practice:
Here's another proven reading comprehension tip that can give you a leg up in harsh test conditions.
Make sure to learn about different genres and types of texts before your exam - it can save you a ton of time.
After doing some reading worksheets and online practice tests - click here to try our online practice tests for free, many parents and students complain that the answers are painfully similar to each other.
Is there a way to distinguish between the correct answer and those that just pretend to be the right ones?
Check out our next easy reading comprehension strategy and stop falling prey to tricky answers once and for all.
Once in a while, you'll come across answer options that sound good and are somewhat faithful to the text, yet can't be fully supported with evidence within the passage.
The two key ones to note are:
Check out if you can recognize tricky answer options in the sample reading passage below.
Active, critical reading practice before the exam is always useful. It not only helps to build focus when dealing with longer texts but also improves vocabulary.
But remember that nobody knows all the words. Not even the smartest English native speaker. Sooner or later, you will come across an unfamiliar word or phrase.
If that happens on the test day, no fear! We’ve got the strategy just for you.
Some reading comprehension questions test your ability to understand words and their meanings in the sentence.
Even if this is the first time you see the word, there’s no reason to panic - use context cues.
Context cues are all the phrases, words, and sentences that surround the unfamiliar word.
Instead of getting stuck on the unknown, read the sentence before and after the one containing unfamiliar vocabulary. In 99% of the cases, you’ll get enough information to make an educated guess that would logically fit the blind spot.
See an example of the reading comprehension question that focuses on vocabulary below.
The tone and atmosphere in poetry are all about the gut feeling – you just know it.
That said, the tone can change throughout the piece or stir different feelings.
How to know which one is right?
Grab your reading comprehension worksheet, a pencil, and test our next strategy right now.
The tone is mostly created by words. So, by analysing the words from the piece, you can judge the prevailing tone without relying solely on your gut feeling.
Scan through the whole passage and underline the major keywords, adjectives, phrases that all together lead to a specific tone of the piece. Try to categorize these keywords according to the answer choices you have.
Eventually, you'll notice that some answer options gather a larger number of keywords around them than the others.
See if you can apply this strategy to the sample passage below. Make sure to pause the video before you get the answer.
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