In the previous blog, we had initiated on how to get pre-prepared for the impending Reading questions that the candidate needs to work upon. To re-iterate, we had talked about how to read the instructions effectively, the method in which the person must read the question statements, and the skill sets that help the test taker reduce his or her time and effort in reading through the written content (skimming and scanning). The blog also highlighted on how to improve one’s reading skills as a whole.
Now let us dwell in-depth as to how a person should deal with the various question types that are formulated for the reading module. Basically, there are eight question types that the candidate needs to deal with (Short answer questions, Multiple-choice questions, Completion of sentences – notes, summaries, tables, diagrams or flowchart. Matching headings to paragraphs or sections of the passage, Locating information in a paragraph or section, Matching lists/phrases, True/False/Not Given: identifying information in the passage, Yes/No/Not Given: identifying the writer’s view or opinion). These questions must be simultaneously answered as and when the individual is skimming and scanning through the content (as there is no additional time provided to note down the answers on the answer sheet provided. It has to be done within the one hour provided).
The Short answer questions are wherein the individual needs to respond to a question asked (the answer can always be found in the text). The Multiple choice questions are wherein there would be an idea provided with four or five answer choices to select from . Questions related to Matching the information requires the test taker to co-relate the information in the question to the paragraphs, a given list or any phrase. Locating information from the paragraph requires the person to identify the exact idea or a related idea to that given in the question statement. The Completion question / fill in the blanks are where the test taker has to label diagrams, fill in tables, sentences etc. In addition to the mentioned question types, there are another two tasks that the candidates are provided with. The first is True/ False/ Not Given, and the second is Yes/ No/ Not Given. The individual will be provided with variable statements related to the passage and he or she must categorize them into True/ False/ Not Given or Yes/ No/ Not Given.
This is the area where the aspirant would require professional help. He or she must understand how the questions are structured. The topics would be differing each time with each new test. They need to understand how they would be handling those topics with respect to the questions posed , within the time limit provided. We at Reknown Edu Services make sure that the candidates are first provided with the confidence to tackle different subjects coming their way (whether in Reading, Writing, Speaking or Listening). The candidate is then advised upon the step by step procedure to be followed (which creates discipline while working on a task), and also the skills and strategies involved in identifying the required idea and then using its key information to the respond to the question statement given.
To sum it all up, it does not take an army to fetch the desired score. All it takes is dedication, the right kind of advise and the will to complete the module in the right way.