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Ch 32: Reading Comprehension for Test-Taking

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Let us help you prepare for the reading comprehension questions on the GMAT exam. These online video lessons and self-assessment quizzes will help you understand, analyze and apply the concepts from a written passage.

Reading Comprehension for Test-Taking - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons cover the reading comprehension skills you'll need to successfully answer questions on that topic of the GMAT exam. You'll learn to find the gist of a written passage and get tips on determining the meaning of words from context. Other lessons cover various methods of analyzing a passage, reading strategies and the difference between connotation and denotation. Topics covered in this chapter's videos include:

  • Defining themes and motifs
  • Finding the main idea in a text
  • Using visualization as a reading strategy
  • Using text to help you determine meaning
  • Inferring intended meaning
  • Finding meaning through context clues, prior knowledge and word structure
  • Identifying causal relationships in a passage
  • Summarizing a passage

Reading Comprehension for Test-Taking - Chapter Objectives

Many college business programs require that applicants take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). This test is divided into four sections with 90 questions and an essay section. The questions on reading comprehension are in the verbal section. The entire GMAT takes 3.5 hours to complete, and the 41-question verbal section has a 75-minute time limit. You will be asked to read passages up to 350 words long and answer multiple-choice questions about the content. The test is designed to measure your ability to:

  • Understand words and statements
  • Grasp logical relationships between key concepts in written material
  • Draw inferences from written statements
  • Interpret numerical data to arrive at valid conclusions

8 Lessons in Chapter 32: Reading Comprehension for Test-Taking
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How to Determine the Number of Main Ideas in a Text

1. 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

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.

Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

Effective Summaries of a Paragraph or Passage

7. 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 Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

8. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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