About This Chapter
HSPT Test: Reading Comprehension - Chapter Summary
You can increase your reading comprehension skills by studying this chapter's text and video lessons. Focusing on reading and vocabulary strategies, the lessons and short quizzes can ensure that you're ready to take the HSPT test. In addition to reviewing how to get the gist of an essay and improve reading comprehension, you'll also study reading strategies that utilize visualization and close reading vs. big picture reading strategies. This chapter can help you to:
- Navigate a reading passage with transitions
- Compare topic and argument in a reading passage
- Explain what language is
- Define literal language with examples
- Give a definition and examples of an idiom
- Identify errors in idiomatic expressions
- Outline strategies for acquiring and using new vocabulary
- Use reference materials for vocabulary
The videos and the transcripts reflect each other word for word, so you can choose to watch the videos or read the text transcripts with bold keywords. A tablet, laptop or desktop computer can be used to access the chapter and its video lessons. They're usually between five and eight minutes in duration, and the topics are presented by credentialed educators.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.'
4. 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.
5. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage
Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.
6. What Is Language?
Have you ever wondered how human language is constructed to form meaning? Why is language more complex than animal calls? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the basic units language and learn how meaning is formed.
7. Literal Language: Definition & Examples
Do you sometimes feel like nobody understands you? Well, perhaps you should try using more literal language! Learn more about this form of straightforward expression in this lesson, where you'll also find some literal language in action.
8. What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples
Break a leg! It takes two to tango. In this lesson, we'll learn all about idioms, those colorful figures of speech that play with language and take on a meaning of their own.
9. How to Identify Errors in Idiomatic Expressions
You use idioms constantly. They are a dime a dozen! But what are they? How do you know if you've used one incorrectly? Watch this video lesson to soothe all your concerns about idioms.
10. Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary
In this lesson, we will discuss methods for growing our vocabulary and putting the new words into practice. We will also learn how to discover the meaning of words based on the context, the surrounding information.
11. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary
In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.
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- HSPT Test: Symmetry, Similarity & Congruence
- HSPT Test: Properties of Lines
- HSPT Test: Plotting Graphs
- HSPT Test: Transformations
- HSPT Test: Triangle Basics
- HSPT Test: Triangle Theorems & Proofs
- HSPT Test: The Pythagorean Theorem
- HSPT Test: Graphing Data
- HSPT Test: Data Analysis
- HSPT Test: Probability & Permutations
- HSPT Test: Properties of Functions
- HSPT Test: Graphing Functions
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- HSPT Test: Basic Algebraic Expressions
- HSPT Test: Algebraic Distribution
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- HSPT Test: Systems of Linear Equations
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- HSPT Test: Spelling & Punctuation
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