About This Chapter
Reading Comprehension - Chapter Summary
The EPT exam assesses your ability to write essays, comprehend reading passages, and compose sentences. The lessons in the Reading Comprehension chapter introduce you to strategies for effective reading. This exam is required for all incoming freshman to California State University schools. If you fail to pass the exam, you will be required to take developmental English courses and will have to delay enrolling in freshman English. Lessons in this chapter cover the following concepts:
- Reading strategies
- Techniques for identifying the main idea of a passage
- Use inference to improve comprehension
- Improving comprehension with context cues
- The difference between tone and mood in a passage
- Strategies for summarizing a passage
- Techniques for using context to find the meaning of unknown words
Each lesson in this chapter has multiple choice quiz questions to help you practice your skills. You can also prepare by taking the official EPT practice tests provided by California State University.
About the EPT Reading Comprehension Section
On the EPT, reading comprehension and vocabulary-in-context questions are part of the 30-minute Reading Skills section. The Reading Comprehension portion consists of several short passages and multiple choice questions that ask about specific details, the main idea, the author's purpose, the meaning of words, and more. The reading comprehension section also has a series of questions about logical relationships between two statements.
1. 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.
2. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension
In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.
3. Reading Strategies Using Visualization
In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.
4. 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.'
5. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation
In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.
6. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.
7. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning
In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.
8. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure
In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.
9. Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose
In this lesson, learn the difference between the tone and the mood of a piece of prose. Explore examples of how tone and mood are conveyed by authors through word choice and telling details.
10. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples
Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.
11. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words
With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.
12. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies
In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.
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