If there is something tricky about the reading section, it is the timing. The reading section asks you many questions while providing you a few passages to read. Instead of dividing the time out for you, the TOEFL gives you a full 60 to 80-minute block of time. It is up to you and your management skill to use this time effectively to read all the passages and answer all questions.
Many TOEFL reading passages require you to do one important thing: identify the main ideas of the passage. Knowing the passage’s general background is crucial to answering the questions quickly and correctly and helps you read the passage faster with understanding. Sometimes, however, it is not so easy to identify the passage’s main ideas. So in this article, we’ll look at a few tips that will hopefully help you identify the main ideas faster and more accurately.
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The TOEFL reading section is broken down into 8 different reading question types and 4 formats. The way to get a high score is to become familiar with all types of questions. This will help you to narrow down the options and select the right answer. Here is a quick run-down of each question type you will encounter:
This is part of a series of TOEFL Reading Question Types. In today’s post, we will discuss an “Essential Information question”. In an “Essential Information question”, you will see the question you see an entire sentence highlighted in the reading passage.
The question will ask you to choose which of the 4 answer option sentences is equal to the highlighted sentence. The correct sentence will be paragraphed so it is different than the highlighted one, but still convey all the important information. Incorrect sentences will represent a detail or concept inaccurately, leave out an important detail, change the original meaning of the sentence.
This is part of a series of TOEFL Reading Question Types. In today’s post, we will discuss an "Insert a Sentence" question. In an "Insert a Sentence" question, you will be asked to decide where a new sentence best fits into the reading passage.
This question type tests your understanding of the logic in the passage. It also tests your ability to understand the grammatical connections from one sentence to another.
This is part of a series of TOEFL Reading Question Types. In today’s post, we will discuss a "Rhetorical Purpose" question. In a "Rhetorical Purpose" question, you will see the question phrased like the following:
Why does the author mention that “...” in paragraph 5?
This type of question requires you to understand why the author has included piece of information. The answer to this question is not directly stated in the reading passage. To solve this type of question, you need to understand the main point of the paragraph and how the referenced information(Usually a sentence) is related to the main point of the paragraph.
This is part of a series of TOEFL Reading Question Types. In today’s post, we will discuss a "Vocabulary question". In a reading "Vocabulary question", you are asked what a word or phrase is closest in meaning to and are given 4 answer options. You need to be able to understand the meaning of the word as it is used in the passage.
This is part of a series of TOEFL Reading Question Types. In today’s post, we will discuss a "Negative Factual Information" question. You can recognize a negative factual information question by either the word “NOT” or “EXCEPT” in the question. The question can appear like one of the following:
This is part of a series of TOEFL Reading Question Types. In today’s post, we will discuss a "Reference" question. In a "Reference" question, you are asked what the highlighted word refers to. If it's a pronoun then you need to identify what word the pronoun is replacing.
Academic reading is aimed at three things: finding information, basic comprehension and learning. The only sure way to improve one’s reading skills is to read voraciously and regularly, more so university textbooks or other materials on a variety of subjects such as science, art and business that are written in an academic style. Today there is the advantage of the internet which is the richest source in which to fish for reading material.