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CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Strategies for Reading Comprehension & Passage Types - Chapter Summary
This series of lesson videos will help you prepare for material on the City University of New York (CUNY) Assessment Test (CAT) in Reading. Explore lessons on literary analysis based upon close and big picture reading, writing structure, and facts and informed opinion. With the help of these lessons, follow along with our professional instructors as they explain:
- Close reading strategies
- Big picture reading strategies
- Effects of writing structure on passage meanings
- Steps in analyzing literary and nonfiction passages
- Differences between facts and informed opinions
To get the most out of this chapter, watch these videos and go over the lesson transcripts. You can take the included quizzes to test your knowledge, and use video tags from your quiz results to reinforce what you've learned before test day.
CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Strategies for Reading Comprehension & Passage Types Objectives
The CAT in Reading test is the reading portion of an alternative entrance exam used by CUNY to assess whether prospective students possess proficient reading skills when making admission decisions. This exam will present you with several passages and multiple-choice questions made to test your understanding of those passages. Using this chapter you can expand your odds of doing well by improving your ability to analyze reading passages.
1. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies
In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'
2. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?
In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction
How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.
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