The TOEFL Reading Section


The Reading Section of the TOEFL iBT Exam tests and measures the ability for the test-taker to comprehend a University-level academic reading.  The topics of the Reading Passages are taken from sources that would be found in text-books, research papers and study materials of a first-year University student.  Therefore, the TOEFL Reading Section does NOT test what one already knows – but instead, tests one’s ability to comprehend what is potentially (and probably) new information.

According to the makers of the TOEFL iBT Exam, there are three main purposes for any academic reading, and it is these three areas which are the focus of the question and task-types which will be found in The Reading Section of the TOEFL Exam.

 


The TOEFL Reading Section Tests These Three Areas:

Reading For Information – Reading For Basic Comprehension – Reading To Learn


 

Reading For Information

 

The Question-Types that fall under the classification of, “Reading For Information”, test:

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  • The Ability To Effectively Skim And Scan For Specific Key Information And Facts

 


 

Reading For Basic Comprehension

 

The Question-Types that fall under the classification of, “Reading For Basic Comprehension”, test:

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  • The Ability To Comprehend:
    • The Main Idea Or Purpose Of The Text
    • The Key Points Which Are Made With-In The Text
    • Specific Details And Important Facts With-In The Text
    • Specific Vocabulary With-In The Context Of Certain Sentences And Paragraphs With-In The Text
  • The Ability To Make References About What Is Implied In Certain Sentences And Paragraphs With-In The Text

 


 

Reading To Learn

 

The Question & Task-Types that fall under the classification of, “Reading To Learn”, test:

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  • The Ability To Recognize The Purpose Of The Text And How It Is Organized
  • The Ability To Comprehend The Relation Of Ideas With-In The Text
  • The Ability To Organize Specific Information From The Text For The Purpose Of Making A Brief Summary
  • The Ability To Make Inferences About How Ideas Are Connected Throughout The Text

 


 

Description Of The TOEFL iBT Reading Section

About The Reading Passages – (Coming Soon!)

Reading Question Formats – (Coming Soon!)

Reading Question Types – (Coming Soon!)

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