All teacher candidates wonder how to score their best on certification exams, whether they are taking the MTEL, FTCE, Praxis, or another state test. Each certification exam includes a reading comprehension section. Even the best readers often shudder when approaching this subject matter. What if your interpretation is different than what the text means? Can you even prepare for the reading comprehension portion of the exam?
Yes, you can. After reading the presented passage, one of the first things to do is determine whether the text is objective or biased. This will help you understand what you will be asked in the question portion of the exercise.
Evaluating the intent behind a written passage is beneficial not only on your certification exam but also when reading an article in a magazine, the newspaper, or online content.
Here are just a few facts to look for when reading a passage to decide whether factual or opinion-based writing.
- The language in the text is neutral, and the writer does not “take sides” on an issue.
- Both pros and cons are presented, or “all sides” of the topic.
- Multiple sources for and against the subject are offered.
- The writer’s opinion includes supporting facts, and all relevant information is included.
- The writing is often emotional and leans toward the opinions of only one side of an argument or issue.
- The writer’s claims or statements are usually unsupported with facts.
- The only sources used are those that support the writer’s opinion.
- Facts and information from the opposing side are missing.
When you determine the difference between the two types of passages in an exam or other setting, it is easier to draw the appropriate conclusions in the writing and answer related questions in the manner that the examiners have pre-determined.
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