Tips to crack Reading Comprehension in TET Examination

Read this article and find out the tips and strategies to crack Reading Comprehension passages in TET Examination. It is one of the most scoring and easy to understand topics. This article will help in enhancing your ability to solve questions in TET Examination.

Question Identification
The Reading Comprehension questions that are asked in TET can be classified as given below:
(a) Main Idea Questions: These questions test the student’s ability to grasp the overall meaning of the passage. They ask about the theme of the passage. You can recognize such questions by their phraseology as demonstrated below:

Which of the following would be an apt title for the passage?
This passage would most likely have appeared in a …
The author is primarily concerned with…

(b) Specific Detail Questions: These questions ask about concrete details and are therefore not difficult to answer. The student can refer to the passage and answer such questions. They are usually phrased as:

According to the passage …
The author uses all of the following methods EXCEPT…
In the concluding paragraph, the author says that…

(c) Attitude or Tonal Questions: To answer such questions, the student needs to have an idea of the theme of the passage. As such, this kind of question is fairly easy. Such questions look like this:

The author’s attitude towards the subject can best be described as…
Which of the following best describes the tone of the passage?

(d) Logical Structure Questions: Some questions ask about the overall development of the passage or about the reason why the author introduces a particular point or a particular figure of speech at a particular point. These questions usually have the following form:

By which of the following methods does the author develop the passage primarily?
The author introduces the point at line #in order to …

(e) Inference Questions: Such questions ask you to go beyond what is explicitly stated in the passage. Questions in this category are very difficult reading comprehension questions. They are often stated in this manner:

The author implies that…
It can be deduced that…

(f) Application Questions: To answer such questions, the student should have understood the point of view of the author thoroughly. From what is given in the passage the student is expected to apply his inferred knowledge to an external situation. Needless to say, such questions are also often very difficult. They are often worded as follows:

The author would most likely agree with which of the following statements?

Now you may move on to attempt some Reading Comprehension passages as a part of your preparation for TET!

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