Practice your reading skill and improve your English, learn new vocabulary and broaden your general knowledge.
Helpful Testing Hints while reading
* More than a half of the time, the main idea of a passage is stated in the first sentence
of the paragraph. Sometimes the main idea or topic sentence comes at the end of the
paragraph and, on occasion, anywhere in the paragraph. They may not be stated at all, but
simply implied. Make a habit of reading the opening and closing statement of each
paragraph. The most effective way to answer the main idea question is to ask yourself what
the whole passage is about, not just a portion of it. The answers that cover specific
details are either too narrow or too broad. The correct answer is usually a restatement of
what is said in the whole passage; therefore, the options that have the same words from
the reading are almost always incorrect.
Main Idea Questions
What is the main purpose of the passage?
What does the passage mainly discuss?
With what topic is the passage mainly concerned?
Which of the following does the passage mainly discuss?
* Pay attention to signal words and phrases. They help you understand the relationship
between the ideas within a paragraph(s).
Cause-and-effect words -- as a result, therefore Time words-- meanwhile, before Contrast words-- in contrast, conversely Addition words-- also, in addition Emphasis words-- more important, remember
Apr 25th, 2015
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