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CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Summarizing Main Ideas - Chapter Summary
Use the lessons in this chapter to reinforce your knowledge of methods for identifying and explaining the main point of a passage. The lessons use examples and define specific terms to help you best understand the material. The videos help you prepare you to answer questions you could encounter on the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading related to:
- Finding an implied main idea in a passage
- Recognizing examples of implied main ideas
- Defining transition
- Identifying types of transitions and how they are used
- Using supporting details to explain the main idea
- Relating what a summary is
- Explaining what paraphrasing is and how to use it
Engaging videos are short and informative, with instructors guiding you through each topic using supportive examples. Quizzes allow you to evaluate what you have learned and expose you to the multiple choice format used in the actual reading test.
CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Summarizing Main Ideas Chapter Objectives
The CUNY (City University of New York) Assessment Test in Reading is a college admissions exam intended to measure reading comprehension. It is meant for students who have not taken or done well on the New York Regents or SAT exam. The test requires that you read 4-6 passages and answer corresponding multiple-choice questions. You must score 70 or higher to demonstrate proficiency in this area.
The topics covered in the Summarizing Main Ideas chapter can help you answer some of the questions regarding each of these passages. Questions focus on implied and exact meanings as well as the meanings of words. You will need to exercise your ability to reach conclusions and make comparisons as necessary. Passages are similar to those that would be read at the first-year college level.
1. Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions
In this lesson, you'll get some tips and advice for using transitional words or phrases to navigate a reading passage and find the main point. Then, you can practice yourself in the quiz.
2. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.
3. Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples
What's the point? If you're having trouble answering this question, you might need to learn more about implied main ideas. This lesson gives a definition and examples, along with explanations on how to identify them!
4. What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept
In this lesson you'll learn what summaries are and how they differ from other forms of condensed writing. You'll also be shown an example of a summary, and what should and should not be included in a summary paragraph.
5. What is Paraphrasing? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn what a paraphrase is and how to accurately paraphrase information. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
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