7 most common types of Reading Comprehension questions

7 most common types of Reading Comprehension questions

Reading comprehension is a crucial part of the verbal section in GRE. If your aim is to score high in the verbal section then you must practice the reading comprehension questions rigorously. Despite the fact that the sections included under comprehension relate to various topics, the questions posed under them follow some distinct patterns.
7 most common types of Reading Comprehension questions will help you to get an insight into the question type asked and how to approach them in the RC section of the verbal ability portion.

1. Factual Questions:

For answering these types of questions, look for the keyword or phrase in that question, and locate the sentence in the passage in which this keyword or phrase occurs. ‘Explicit answer’  questions under passage will generally be sequential, implying that the response to a previous question can be found in an earlier part of the paragraph, and the answer to a later question can be found in a later part of the paragraph.

For example,
The passage suggests that the proliferation of ragwort was particularly ill-timed because it…

2. Primary Idea Questions:

The main idea of a passage is one that is mentioned frequently in the passage. The indication of the primary purpose of the passage will usually be found in the first two sentences of the passage, and also in the first sentence of each paragraph. While attempting to answer a ‘Primary Idea’ question, it is frequently conceivable to show up at the right answer through a procedure of elimination of the wrong answers.

For example,
The passage is primarily concerned with discussing the…

3. Inference Questions:

The inference you are asked to draw from a piece of information contained in the passage will be just a simple logical extension. For answering an ‘inference’ question also, you should first identify the keyword or phrase in the question, locate the sentence in which that keyword or phrase occurs, and read three consecutive sentences in its neighborhood. This question type can be a little bit tricky to answer the question. However, it can be conquered by practicing more and more questions.

For instance,
It can be inferred that the “present-day intellectuals” (line 12) believe that…

4. Tone of the Author Questions:

These questions ask you to gauge the author’s attitude towards a person or a thing or a quality discussed in the passage. With just scanning the multiple-choice answer options, phrases that are very negative or disdainful in tone can be straightforwardly eliminated, so the choice can be limited to only a few. The answer choices to ‘tone of the passage’ questions may sometimes use a less familiar term to express the same idea, and could also be a test of your vocabulary. 

For example,
The tone of the passage can best be described as…

5. Draw Conclusion Questions:

This kind of question poses to you to stretch out the author’s thinking to another circumstance that is closely resembling or like the one depicted in the paragraph, and afterward decide if the reasoning would or would not work in that circumstance. These questions are the most difficult ones, and you have to carefully evaluate the answer choices and determine which one among them is analogous to the idea referred to from the given passage. 

For example,
Which of the following describes a situation most analogous to the situation described in lines 12-17?

6. Exception Questions:

In these types of questions, three of the four choices will logically follow from an argument of the author while one will not. You will be asked to mark the choice that is not stated. These questions are comparatively easy to answer.

For instance,
Each of the following is mentioned in the passage as an element of Douglass’ ideology EXCEPT

7. Source Questions:

Such questions are likewise in the idea of inference and can be addressed effectively based on the substance of the passage.

For example,
The above passage is most probably an extract from

To recapitulate, the most efficient way to hit the correct answer is to use the process of elimination. Try to discard the out of the scope answer choices first. To score the maximum in the RC section is to not only adequate practice but also an ample amount of knowledge in vocabulary.

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Hope it helps!! Happy Learning

Written by,
Jaini Bhavsar (There’s always room for bliss.)
22nd May 2020
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7 most common types of Reading Comprehension questions
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The verbal section of the GRE test majorly divided into three parts: Reading Comprehension, Text Completion, and Sentence Equivalence. Almost half of the verbal section is covered by Reading Comprehension. 7 most common types of Reading Comprehension questions provide the list of all the different patterns of RC questions that you need to know about to score high in the verbal section.
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