How to answer comprehension passage questions in all exams, whether WAEC, Jamb, NECO, GCE, BECE, or school exams.
English is one of the hardest subjects, just like mathematics.
Some students find it difficult to pass an English language examinatoin because of the comprehension passage questions.
I will gladly show you the perfect method to follow in order to tackle these comprehension passage questions in any exam, both school and external exams.
I will also show you the procedure to follow in order to write a very neat and amazing summary of a comprehension passage.
Check the table of contents below and choose the main thing you want to learn.
What is a comprehension passage and question?
Comprehension passages are essays that appear on any exam and can take the form of a story, a poem, or even a dialogue.
Comprehending comprehension passages is normally the first part of every English language exam.
As for the questions of a comprehension passage, of course you know it’s the questions that follow the essay, what you are expected to find out from the essay.
How to answer comprehension passage questions
Generally, answering comprehension passage questions requires you to look deep into the comprehension, summarize the whole essay in your brain, and face the questions with what the passage tells you.
How to answer comprehension passage questions in WAEC, JAMB, and NECO or any examinaton.
Here are the steps to follow in order to get the answers easily and correctly.
- Read the questions first:
Before answering any comprehension passage questions, quickly read the questions that you are expected to answer first.
During this time, you are not expected to waste much time on the questions as you don’t have the answers yet.
Reading the questions first will help you identify the answers once you come across them in the passage.
It’s important to read the questions first because in some exams, like the UTME, you will be given 5 minutes to read and answer the questions on a comprehension passage of about 3000 words.
- Read the passage once:
Now that you have read the questions once, Read the passage once and identify where the answers to the questions are located.
- Read each question carefully:
Once you’ve read the passage ONCE and discovered where you can get the answers, check the questions carefully to ensure you don’t make any mistakes.
- Go back to the passage:
If they’re correct, then go back to the passage and confirm whether the answers you came across when reading the comprehension passages were correct.
- Check the options:
Check the options and tick the correct answer. Confirm your answer and you are done with the comprehension.
summarize questions in comprehension passages.
In some exams, like WAEC, BECE, NECO, GCE, NABTEB, and other important written exams, you may be required to write a summary of the whole comprehension passages. Writing a summary is easy.
While telling the story is not required in writing a comprehension summary, your answer should not leave the reader confused.
How to answer summary questions in comprehension passages
To answer summary questions, you need to do the following:
1. Read the passage quickly to get an overview of what it contains.
2. Read it a second time to jot down ideas relating to the questions.
3. See if you can put these words and phrases together.
4. Create a summary
5. revise the work, removing anything irrelevant.
6. Complete all tasks within the time frame allotted.
When writing any summary of a comprehension question, ask yourself the following questions:
What does each paragraph say? How are the ideas organised? How does each part of the passage fit into the whole? Then finally, what do all the points add up to?
above all, writing a summary of a comprehension question passage means using your own words, do not depend on the original words of the passage.