Ch 17: Reading Comprehension for Test-Taking: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Reading Comprehension for Test-Taking chapter of this GMAT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master reading comprehension for the GMAT test. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students are prepared to test in reading comprehension.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning about reading comprehension for taking the GMAT test will benefit from this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn about reading comprehension for test-taking. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding methods for drawing conclusions from reading passages, summarizing passages, determining word meaning through context, and differentiating between tone and mood
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about GMAT test topics (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about reading comprehension for test-taking
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra resources for teaching GMAT test subjects

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Reading Comprehension for Test-Taking Help and Review chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Reading Comprehension for Test-Taking Help and Review chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about reading comprehension for test-taking. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the lessons in a reading comprehension for test-taking unit of a standard GMAT prep course. Topics covered include:

  • Interpreting literary meaning
  • Exploring figurative language and mood in poetry
  • Comparing connotation and denotation
  • Differentiating between close reading and big-picture reading
  • Understanding literary motifs

18 Lessons in Chapter 17: Reading Comprehension for Test-Taking: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

1. 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.

How to Determine the Number of Main Ideas in a Text

2. How to Determine the Number of Main Ideas in a Text

When approaching a text for the first time, the reader is likely looking for the main idea, or the central point the author is trying to emphasize or explain. Read this lesson to learn how to find what the main idea is and how to tell if there is more than one.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

3. 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.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

4. 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.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

5. 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.'

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

6. 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.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

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.

Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry

8. Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry

Poetry is difficult to define, but there's one characteristic that most poems share - figurative language. In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify and draw inferences from figurative language.

Inferring Mood in Poetry

9. Inferring Mood in Poetry

Poets have a variety of tools to use to create mood. In this lesson, you'll learn about three of these tools and how you can use that knowledge to infer mood. You'll also learn how this skill applies specifically to the AP Literature exam.

How to Draw Conclusions from a Passage

10. How to Draw Conclusions from a Passage

You might be able to understand everything the author says in a passage, but can you figure out what the author ISN'T saying? Try your hand at drawing conclusions - but not jumping to conclusions - in this video lesson.

Identifying an Author's Underlying Assumptions

11. Identifying an Author's Underlying Assumptions

Whenever a writer puts pen to paper, chances are that he or she is making a number of assumptions about the reader. This lesson focuses on some of those assumptions and how to identify them.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

12. 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.

Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

13. 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.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

14. 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.

How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

15. How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

In this lesson, you'll learn how to compare and contrast when analyzing pieces of literature. You will also learn different strategies to assist in identifying key similarities and differences when applying compare and contrast.

Effective Summaries of a Paragraph or Passage

16. Effective Summaries of a Paragraph or Passage

Knowing how to summarize a paragraph or passage is a useful skill in many writing situations. This lesson will walk you through the steps to writing an effective summary using your own words.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

17. 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.

How to Pass a Reading Comprehension Test

18. How to Pass a Reading Comprehension Test

Work on understanding how to pass reading comprehension tests with this article. Explore different strategies and find the ones that work best for you as you get ready for your exam.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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