Introduction to Reading
What does reading comprehension test consist of?
50 questions (some tests may
55 minutes to complete all
2 types of questions
2 types of questions about the reading passages
Reading Comprehension Questions
Information given in the reading passages
Main idea questions
Directly answered detail questions
Implied detail questions
Understanding the context surrounding the words
By using structural clues
By breaking down the unknown words into
known word parts
Knowing the meanings of the words
The meanings of vocabulary words in the reading passages
Be familiar with the
Do not spend too much
time reading the passages.
Do not worry if a reading
passage is on a topic that
you are unfamiliar with.
Never leave any answers
blank on your answer
Topics of reading passages in TOEFL
Method of attacking a reading passage in TOEFL
Skim the reading passage to determine the main idea
Skim to find the overall organization of ideas in the passage
Look ahead at the questions to determine what types of
questions you must answer
Find the section of the passage that deals with each questions
Read the part of the passage that contains the answer carefully
Questions type in TOEFL
It tells you exactly where to look in the
passage to find correct answers.
Overall Review Questions
The answers are found anywhere in the passage.
The question will tell you where the word is located in the passage.
Directly and Indirectly Answered Detailed Questions
Choose a key word in the question Skim for that key word (or a related idea) in
order in the passage
Main Idea Questions
Look at the first line of each paragraph