TOIEC GENERAL STRATEGIES – READING

Reading section tests your comprehension of written English and your ability to identify correct language use. There are three parts to this section. You should choose the correct words or phrases to complete sentences and answer comprehension questions about a variety of types of reading passages.

Achieving higher score on TOEIC seems to be challenging task for some students. In many cases, it is manifested by their test scores which is lower than what they are expected. They admit that TOEIC Reading test was quite challenging than the listening test. One of their main problems is vocabulary that has been used in the reading test is harder than in the listening test. In order to tackle this problem, there are two solutions that you can apply:

  1. Practice more and read more

The Reading Test does include higher-level vocabulary than the Listening Test, so it’s important to become comfortable reading in English. Practice by reading advertisements, business letters (a “how-to guide” for writing business letters is a great source), newspaper articles, and business journals. There are many sources of reading material on the Internet. Most major business journals have websites, and you can learn a lot of vocabulary by reading the articles. Websites with information about tourism, shopping, restaurants, and so on will also expose you to many vocabulary words that are useful for the TOEIC test.

  1. Highlight the words

Underline words you don’t know as you go through the readings and questions in this book. Then look them up in a dictionary. This will help you get used to some of the language you may find on the test.

  1. Be familiar with suffixes and prefixes

Learn common suffixes and prefixes to help you find the meanings of new words. Suffixes, or word endings, often indicate the part of speech of a word. Prefixes, or word beginnings, often add a specific meaning to a word. Learning the function and meaning of different suffixes and prefixes will help you expand your vocabulary.

Avoid rushing when taking the TOEIC, if you are stressed you are more likely to make casual mistakes. If you face unfamiliar words do not panic, you can usually figure out the meaning of the word by reading the sentence or looking at the surrounding paragraph. Avoid getting stuck on a single word or small details. Focus on the main idea of the sentence, paragraph, and text.

 

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