TOEFL Reading Section

TOEFL Reading Section

After you are familiar with the structure of the TOEFL test, you will need to start preparing for each section. The first section of the test is the reading section. As we had previously mentioned, the reading section will take between 54 to 72 minutes. This section contains three or four reading passages and each passage will have 10 different types of questions. The questions will ask different things, so it is useful to know the different types of reading questions on the TOEFL. 

1.      Factual Information

These types of questions are based on the text from the passage. They focus on specific details, facts, and information that you should be able to find written in the text. You will need to find the answer with the correct information stated.

2.      Negative Factual

These types of questions are also based on the text from the passage. However, these questions ask what information is not true.

3.      Inference

Inference questions will ask you to pick an answer not directly stated in the text, but that you can infer is true. These questions will show your comprehension of the text’s main argument.

4.      Rhetorical Purpose

These questions focus on why. They may ask why the author says this or uses a certain example. You will need to understand the reasoning of the author of the text.

5.      Vocabulary

Vocabulary questions focus on the definitions of words used throughout the passage. You will need to focus on how the words are used in the text rather than the first definition of the word.

6.      Reference

These questions focus on relationships. They tend to focus on the relationship between subjects and their pronouns.

7.      Sentence Simplification

These types of questions will involve a highlighted sentence from the passage. You will need to pick the answer that has the same meaning as the sentence. Additionally, you will need to make sure that you do not leave out any essential information.

8.      Insert Text

Insert text questions will give you a sentence related to the reading. You will then be given four different locations to insert the new sentence.

9.      Prose Summary

These questions focus on the passage as a whole. You will need to be able to read and comprehend the main ideas throughout the text and leave out minor details.

Now that you know all of the different question types that you may find on the TOEFL, you will need to prepare! Email to find more information about our TOEFL preparation course.

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Published on December 27, 2021

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