Reading Comprehension = Main Idea + Detail + Inference
Three Key Questions
Reading Comprehension assesses your understanding of what you have read.
Reading Comprehension revolves around reading a passage (a few paragraphs of text) from which the following three key questions are often asked:
(1) Main Idea
• What is the main idea of what you just read?
• The main idea is often found in the title and first paragraph of a passage.
• The main idea might be repeated for emphasis in the last paragraph of a passage.
• The main idea also weaves its way throughout a passage.
• What is a detail of what you just read?
• A detail is found through specific words in a passage.
• A detail can be found anywhere in a passage.
• What can you infer from what you just read?
• Inference requires you to form a reasonable opinion from some or all of the passage.
• When you are unfamiliar with a word, its meaning can be inferred from its context – the way it is used – in a passage.