Types of questions in the reading comprehension section of the CXC English A exam

Types of questions on the CXC English A Reading Comprehension exam section

Types of questions in the reading comprehension sections

of the CXC CSEC English A exam


The CXC CSEC English A reading comprehension questions test your ability to read with understanding.

These types of questions:
Test your ability to identify directly stated facts in the passage.
Test your ability to recognize the implications of directly stated facts.
Test your ability to recognize inferences and underlying statements or arguments in the passage.
Test your ability to recognize the implications of inferred statements or arguments.
Test your ability to analyze a written passage from several points of view.
  There are six types of Reading Comprehension questions. These types are:
1) Main idea questions
2) Factual questions
3) Inference questions
4) Application questions
5) Author's style questions
6) Tone questions
(1) Main Idea Questions:
Main idea questions ask the test taker to identify the passage's overall theme, as opposed to supporting facts and arguments. The goal is to find the main idea, thesis or primary purpose of the passage.
(2) Factual Questions:
These questions ask for information, examples or supporting details stated directly in the passage.
(3) Inference Questions:
These questions do not ask about directly stated facts. They require you to infer or draw conclusions from opinions or ideas implied or suggested by the author.These are usually the most difficult questions for test takers.
(4) Application Questions:
These questions ask about possible applications of the author's ideas to other situations, including the identification of situations or processes similar to those described in the passage;
(5) Author's style Questions:
These questions ask about the author's logic, reasoning, writing style or persuasive techniques; To answer these types of questions you must be familiar with literary devices so that you can identify any that the writer uses.
(6) Tone Questions:
These questions often ask for you to describe the passage's tone or mood. The tone or mood of the passage gives information on the author's attitude. This is revealed in the type of language he uses.

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triston (not verified)

Hi I must say you guy do provide exam takers with some useful information and I just wanted to comment on that, so keep up the good work.

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...where did the examples

...where did the examples go?!?!

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yulous (not verified)
need help

Hi! Can anyone tell me how or where i can find help with arguments. Where can i find answers to pass csec arguments?

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guest (not verified)

Hi, are you going to put up the examples of these types of reading comprehension questions?

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Joined: 23 Oct 2007
Re: examples

Hello, yes we intend to add examples to this tutorial on types of reading comprehension questions on the CXC English A exam.

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Faouzi Bouarrouj (not verified)
Types or reading comprehension questions

Thank you very much for the six types of reading comprehension questions, but I would like to suggest : the reader's personal involvement questions in which he may express his opinion about the author's views or certain characters in the passage or even suggest solutions to some problems in the passage. I also consider that we can add lexis-related questions and grammar and function-related questions which are also a proof of a passage comprehension.

By the way, I thought about a poetic way of teaching grammar and I would like to give a sample: For instance to remind my pupils of the simple past I used to sing with them the following: Yesterday, ago,last : simple past
ever, never, since for, already.....yet: present perfect.

Of course, you need to hear the performance of this singing to see its impact on pupils. It was very successful and helpful for pupils during exams,and many of them at Père-Blanc School in Tunis, Tunisia had the marks wonderfully improved.

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Kathy-ann Daniel
Joined: 24 Aug 2007
Re: types of comprehension related questions

Hi Faouzi,

Glad that the info was useful to you. And you are correct: there are also types of reading comprehension questions where the learner is asked to provide his opinions and offer solutions. I will amend this page to include this (It may take a little while though, please bear with me).

With regard to the lexis and grammar related questions, some exams do include these types of reading comprehension questions, but I am not sure that the CXC English A exam does though. If this exam does not include these types of questions, I probably won't include them either.

I will check again again however to see if I am right and get back to you and let you know.

I like the idea of using music to reinforce the grammar rules; it allows learners to relate the grammar information to another sensory channel which works as you have seen.

Drop by and chat again!


Kathy-ann Daniel-Gittens

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