To comprehend means to read with understanding.
In any given comprehension exercise the reader is tested on the ability to read the passage, understand and answer questions correctly.
Comprehension is designed for systematic checking and reinforcement of reading skills.
In this case the following skills are acquired:
Start out with simple passages and straight forward questions with answers that can be found easily in the passage.
This morning Anne and her mother went to the supermarket. Her mother bought her a glass of chocolate milk.
Question: What did Anne’s Mother buy for her?
Answer: A glass of chocolate milk.
1. Read the passage carefully before attempting to answer any question
2. Do not rush to write down your answers
3. Read the passage at least twice before you begin writing out your answers
4. During the second reading, make notes.
Write down one sentence beside each paragraph to describe the main idea of that paragraph
5. Know the difference between a fact and an opinion in the text
6. For questions that require you to explain the meaning of a word, read the sentences before and after that word as these might provide clues to its meaning
7. Underline the question word or words used in the question like ‘who’, ‘why’, ‘when’, ‘explain’
8. Be sensitive to tenses in the question and use the correct tense when answering
9. Do not lift whole sentences from the passage to answer your questions
10. Remember, top marks are awarded to students who manage to accurately answer questions in their own words
If you read the passage carefully, you should be able to answer all the questions correctly.
However, look at the passage again and work through the questions carefully.
You may have a very good reason for having a different answer.
The most important thing about RC is understanding what you read.
Being able to read fast is also important, but remember that speed is always secondary to understanding.
Below are some tips for exam-preparation as well as for general improvement.
It is natural that you will start alittle slowly and then build up as you gain farmiliarity with the passage.
This will help you zero in on the relevant portions when you start reading the passage.
The first sentence of the paragraph usually conveys the main idea or theme of the paragraph.
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