About This Chapter
ASSET Reading Skills: Nonfiction - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter focus on methods for analyzing and understanding nonfiction texts such as business writing, social studies pieces and literary nonfiction. Once you have a firm grasp of the concepts discussed in these lessons, you will display the following abilities and be able to apply what you know to relevant questions found on the ASSET Reading Skills test:
- Defining nonfiction as a genre of literature
- Identifying the organizational structure of nonfiction writings
- Analyzing literary and informative nonfiction selections
- Applying methods for interpreting business and social studies texts
The narrative text of each lesson is simple and easy to follow and is supported by illustrations and examples. The self-assessment quizzes are a great way to determine what you have learned and where you might need further review before taking the ASSET Reading Skills test.
ASSET Reading Skills: Nonfiction Chapter Objectives
The ASSET Reading Skills test is a two-part exam used to measure one's referring and reasoning skills as relating to reading comprehension. The Nonfiction chapter is designed to show students ways to apply reading comprehension strategies to various types of nonfiction passages. These types of questions might be found in the reasoning portion of the test, accounting for 50% of the entire exam. The ASSET Reading Skills test is paper-based.
Many community and technical colleges use ASSET exam results for student placement purposes. The ASSET Reading Skills test is one of three Basic Skills exams and consists of three reading passages with corresponding multiple choice questions. The test is used to measure one's skills only, and there is no required passing score for this exam.
1. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples
There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.
2. Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection
Nonfiction texts can be organized in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify which organizational structure is being used in a reading selection.
3. Comparing Literary & Informative Nonfiction: Analysis & Methods
Traditionally, nonfiction is used to transmit knowledge to the reader, but literary nonfiction borrows storytelling elements of fiction to tell a true story in an engaging way. In this lesson, we will compare literary nonfiction to informative nonfiction.
4. How to Read & Interpret Business Writing
Business writing is a broad term that refers to emails, memos, and reports that are meant to convey information clearly and concisely. Effectively reading business writing requires analyzing the type of writing it is and its audience and purpose.
5. How to Read & Interpret Social Studies Texts
Whether it is a history textbook or an economic analysis, being able to properly read and interpret social studies texts comes down to following a few easy steps.
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Other chapters within the ASSET Reading Skills Test: Practice & Study Guide course
- ASSET Reading Skills Test: Reading Comprehension
- ASSET Reading Skills Test: Understanding Context
- ASSET Reading Skills Test: Analyzing Texts
- ASSET Reading Skills Test: Interpreting Ideas
- ASSET Reading Skills Test: Fiction
- ASSET Reading Skills Test: Test Strategies
- ASSET Reading Skills Test Flashcards