The second section of the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test is the Reading Section. It consists of three parts with a total of 100 questions. It is a test of your ability to comprehend written English in a business context. You will complete sentences and answer comprehension questions about reading passages.

Parts 1 and 2 of the TOEIC, for instance, feature a lot of synonyms. Conversely, they actively use “distracters” such as similar-sounding words – or the same word, but used within a different context. Many test-takers don’t have the broad knowledge of synonyms needed for really excelling in these sections and, as a result, have a tendency to get fooled by the trick questions. As a result, they have to face the challenge that the wording in the answer options doesn’t match the wording in the passage.

If you are having trouble finding the right answer remember that you can look for the 3 wrong answers instead. By using the process of elimination—that is, by removing the wrong answers and choosing between the remaining options. Besides, students should:

  1. Analyze sentence structure and work out what part of speech is missing.
  2. Reread sentence with their answer choice to ensure that it is appropriate for the stem in terms of meaning and form.
  3. Pay attention to the contextual features (clues).
  4. Pay special attention to complex sentences.

Quite often, some of the answer options do have the exact wording found in the text. Be sure to look very closely at these answer options and compare them to the information presented in the text. These answer options often contain factual information, but they do not actually answer the question.

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