Ch 7: THEA Test: Understanding Reading Assignments

About This Chapter

Rediscover your ability to understand reading assignments by reviewing the lessons in this chapter. In no time, you will have the insight you need to answer related questions on the THEA test in Texas.

THEA Test: Understanding Reading Assignments - Chapter Summary

As you study for the THEA test, use the lessons in this chapter as a resource. You can refresh your understanding of reading assignments to make sure you're prepared to address the following on the exam:

  • Knowing how to quote, paraphrase and summarize your research
  • Defining a summary and interpreting charts, graphs and tables
  • Performing dialogue analysis
  • Understanding how to analyze and interpret an article, journal, diary and editorial
  • Analyzing and interpreting a review, speech, letter, reference book and biography/autobiography

This chapter is dedicated to giving you the practice you need to fully understand reading assignments. Benefit from expert instruction packaged in quality video lessons with entertaining visual effects.

THEA Test: Understanding Reading Assignments Chapter Objectives

The THEA test is a computer-based exam that gauges your comprehension of reading, writing and mathematics. It contains three separate sections that can be taken individually or as one exam. Topics covered in this Understanding Reading Assignments chapter are found in the reading section of the assessment. It consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that examine subject areas students might encounter in the first year in college. It requires a score of 230 to pass.

Students who are interested in attending a Texas public college or university might have to take the THEA test as one of the admission requirements for entering freshman. To get closer to your goal of passing the reading section, review the lessons in this chapter in video form, or by exploring the full video transcripts. If there are key concepts you'd like to revisit within the lessons, simply use the timelines located below the videos to skip to those topics.

13 Lessons in Chapter 7: THEA Test: Understanding Reading Assignments
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Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

1. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing are three important skills to master for writing in the academic and business world. These skills will help support claims and add credibility to your work.

What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

2. 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.

Interpreting Charts, Graphs & Tables

3. Interpreting Charts, Graphs & Tables

Important information in the business and scientific world is often presented in various visual aids. In this lesson, we will discuss how to read and interpret charts, graphs, and tables.

Practice Analyzing Dialogue

4. Practice Analyzing Dialogue

Secrets, revelations, and dramatic moments often unfold through important conversations. So when we are reading a novel, short story, or play, we need to be able to analyze dialogue to understand its purpose and importance.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

5. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

When reading news articles, we often get caught up in the drama, but in order to analyze an article we need to look at it differently. In this lesson, we'll discuss exactly how to do that.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Journal

6. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Journal

Interpreting a journal article can seem daunting, but recognizing common format elements and asking specific questions will help you break it down into understandable pieces that can be analyzed.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Diary

7. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Diary

Reading someone's diary seems like a slightly scandalous thing to do, but published diaries can be analyzed, interpreted, and used as research materials. In this lesson, we'll look at how to read a diary in this way.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Editorial

8. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Editorial

Expressing your opinions on paper can lead to powerful changes. Editorials have often helped promote social and political changes throughout history. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze an exemplar editorial.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Review

9. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Review

We often read film and book reviews to see if the film or book is worth checking out. But to effectively analyze a review, we need to read it in a different way. This lesson shows you how to do that.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech

10. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech

There are many famous speeches that are inspiring and memorable, but to effectively analyze a speech we need to look at it in a new way. In this lesson we'll discuss exactly how to do this.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

11. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

Writing a letter to someone may seem like a casual thing, but letters can be analyzed as primary sources that represent a piece of history. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively analyze a letter.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

12. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

Before the Internet existed, people used reference books to find answers to many of their questions. Reference books are still widely used, especially when doing research. Learn how to analyze and interpret them in this lesson.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Biography/Autobiography

13. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Biography/Autobiography

Understanding and evaluating an autobiography or a biography can seem like a challenging task, but in this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively analyze both.

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