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ASSET Reading Skills Test: Analyzing Texts - Chapter Summary
In these lessons, our professional instructors will help you prepare for the ASSET Reading Skills Test by discussing the ways you can analyze the purpose, information and main ideas of reading passages. Watch these lessons to get a better idea of how to effectively:
- Analyze the purpose of a text
- Use outlines to arrange the ideas of a reading selection
- Find cause and effect relationships in passages
- Identify problems and solutions presented in text
- Discover important, specific details in a reading selection
- Evaluate the information from a text using textual evidence
- Analyze literary passages
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ASSET Reading Skills Test: Analyzing Texts Objectives
Many community and technical colleges use the ASSET Reading Skills Test to measure the reading skills of incoming students and make course placement decisions that will best benefit these students. You will be asked to answer 24 questions from reading passages in a 25-minute testing session. Twelve of these questions will measure your ability to recall information from the passages, and the other 12 will measure your ability to interpret the passages. These lessons have been assembled to help you improve your skills analyzing text so that you can do well on these questions.
1. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text
In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze the purpose of a text. We will explore some of the primary purposes and practice determining purpose using some writing samples.
2. How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline
Organizing ideas presented in a reading selection can seem like a tricky task. But, in this lesson, we'll discuss how to do this effectively and why it is an important skill to master.
3. How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection
Cause and effect structures can be used to describe how an action takes place. This lesson will discuss how to find this structure within a reading selection.
4. How to Identify the Problem and Solution in a Reading Selection
Informational texts can be arranged in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify the problem/solution structure. We will look at key words used and an example that uses this format.
5. Finding Specific Details in a Reading Selection
Ever have trouble finding a specific detail in a reading selection? Often knowing the structure of the selection will help. This video lesson will give some strategies for finding specific details depending on selection structure.
6. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text
In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.
7. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide
In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.
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