Reading

Task 

Description

Skills tested

Paragraph headings

The task is to match headings to the appropriate paragraph (6 paragraphs and 8 headings)

understanding global information

Scan Reading

The task is to match statements to section of 4 texts (4 texts and 8 statements)

scanning for specific information

Multiple-Choice Reading

The task is to answer six multiple-choice comprehension questions after reading a text

detailed comprehension, overall understanding

 

Preparing Students for the Reading Test

Some coursebooks offer more reading practice than others, and the teacher should look critically at the coursebook that students have been using, supplementing from other coursebooks and supplementary materials where necessary. Students should be exposed to a wide range of text types, both graded coursebook material and from authentic sources.

Understanding the overall meaning of a text or a part of a text (skimming) is an important reading skill, and that’s what Task 1 focuses on. Tasks of this type can be found in many coursebooks, and are useful in developing this skill.

To complete Task 2 (Scan Reading) successfully, candidates need to be able to approach a text in a less-intensive, often non-linear way – as we often do with texts from which we wish to extract some pieces of information. Scanning tasks of the kind that are found in coursebooks are useful preparation; what is essential is that the teacher enforces a time limit, or makes the task a race, so that students are unlikely to approach the text in a linear, word-by-word fashion.

Task 3 (Multiple-Choice) focuses on the candidate’s ability to understand more complex texts, grasp overall meaning, writer’s mood or intention, as well as the precise details of a particular section.