What factors should you keep in mind
when doing Reading Comprehensions in the TOEFL test?
When planning to crack the TOEFL Test, you need to
be well prepared for the test and for this you
should be able to avail as much practice sessions as
possible. One of the main challenges that TOEFL Test
poses is that it is framed in time and being time
bound you need to understand how to tackle the test
within that time frame. But with practice, two
factors can be handled easily. One is that you will
develop the habit of reading fast and the other is
you will be able to understand the method of time
Factors that matter in the Reading Comprehension
Firstly when you are given the text, make it a point
to read it with complete focus so as to help you
understand what the text is all about. One way to
understand the text well is to frame as many Wh –
questions as possible orally. It may sound
impractical but as you go reading try to frame the
Wh questions. You need not answer them in detail but
just make a mental note of the answers in your mind.
For example let us consider the text is:
It is rightly said that “Necessity is the mother of
invention” and the invention of the flight jacket
completely proves this. For centuries man has fought
battles on land and sea, but it was for the first
time that a battle was fought in air during World
From this short piece of text you can frame many
* What is the proverb used?
* What does the proverb say?
* How is the proverb proved right?
* Where were battles fought for centuries?
* Where was a battle fought for the first time?
* During which war period was the battle fought in
I. The reading comprehension test can be quite time
consuming so you have to find ways and means to run
against time. One way is to first read the questions
and the options and then read the passage. This way
you might find the answer to a question right then
as you read. This is a very speedy way of answering
the Reading Comprehension Tests for TOEFL Test so
you need to keep in mind this method and when
practicing before the test.
important factor is to take proper note of the
instructions and ensure you have understood them.
The tricky ones especially can be quite daunting so
take care of questions like “Which of the following
are NOT true of the above passage”.