Conquering Reading Comprehension Questions on the HSPT, COOP, or TACHS

By Lisa Zimmer Hatch, Scott A. Hatch

Part of Catholic High School Entrance Exams For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Reading comprehension might be a challenge for some students, but you can’t avoid it on your Catholic high school entrance exam. Improve your reading comprehension with help from these tips:

  • Read through the passage before answering the questions.

  • As you read, focus on the passage’s main point, the author’s tone, and paragraph topics. Don’t spend time worrying about the specific details of the passage.

  • Eliminate answer choices that don’t relate to the information in the passage or that contain debatable words such as always, never, and so on.

  • Use the information in the passage to answer the questions, not information that’s in your head.

  • Choose general answers for main-point questions.

  • Don’t infer too much for inference questions. The correct answers to these questions are solidly based on clues in the passage and not your vivid imagination.

  • Keep in mind that the answers to specific-information questions may paraphrase the information in the passage.