English/Reading Refresher



Introduction to Reading Comprehension Test

The Reading Comprehension test measures a student's ability to understand what he or she has read. There are four content areas on this test: Identifying Main Ideas; Direct Statements and Secondary or Supporting Ideas; Inferences; and Applications. Examinees are presented with a series of 20 questions of two primary types.

The first question type consists of a reading passage followed by a question based on the text. Both short and long narratives are provided. The reading passages can also be classified according to the kind of information processing required, including explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, application, and inference.

Browse through the information below to enhance your knowledge of concepts covered in the Reading Comprehension portion of the placement test. Be sure to read all information and watch the videos.



Main Idea
Supporting Detail
Sentence Relationships - Patterns of Organization

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