Tips for Reading Comprehension

Components-of-ReadingHave you ever thought why the test of Reading Comprehension (RC) remains the hardest nut to crack for most of the Test takers in CAT, GMAT, GRE, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS or any other Test similar to these, that too when most of us have been taking such the Test in form of Unseen passages???

The reasons for your finding them may be varied. Some might find the topic of the passage to be difficult, others may find the vocabulary to be alien. Yet others may lack the reading habit due to which staying attentive throughout the passage and the quesions that follow may become an uphill task. This ultimately leads to not so good score in the Tests.

To ensure proper understanding of the RC Passage and thereafter, correct solution  of  the questions that follow, following approach can be taken:

  1. The biggest DO in order to solve the RC passages is to delete all the prior information that you might be having related to the topic. Remember, you know ONLY that which  is given in the passage.
  2. Before reading the passage, look into the question(s) following it. Do NOT read the options given.
  3. Make enough use of the scratch/ rough paper while reading the passage. Note down (for computer based tests) / underline (for paper based tests) all the important points, phrases in short forms, so that it neither involves extra time, nor becomes difficult to understand while you refer to them while solving the questions.
  4. Whether or not, the first question  is about Central Idea of the passage, make sure you have successfully understood the (a) central thought and (b) purpose of the text before moving on to the next question.
  5. Mark the way the author has moved from the initial point to the final one in the passage. Pay attention towards the changes in direction, as well the various words of emphasis writer may have used.
  6. Central Thought of a passage comprises of the Summary of the passage.
  7. Purpose of  the text is the aim for which the writer constructs a passage. If the aim of  the writer is to prove something, he/ she may use anecdotes/ examples/ data/ analogies/ comparisons/ quotations to bring home the point.
  8. Read the questions carefully. There are times, when a NOT get omitted while reading. In all such cases, your answer is bound to be wrong.
  9. Make sure you have read and analysed EACH and EVERY answer choice before marking a particular option as your answer.
  10. Don’t get stressed if you are not sure of the answer(s) of a/ some questions of a passage. Remember, each question about a passage is UNRELATED with the other and has to be taken in individuality. So even you have not answered one question correctly, you may still answer the ones that follow it.
Wish you all happy reading, happier comprehending and an even more happier SOLVING the RC passages 🙂 

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