Reading, Revising and Comprehension

Revising for 11+

Reading comprehension tests look to see how well a student understands what a piece of text is about.  They will need to read the text, understand what it means as well as know the meaning of the words used within it.   Here are some tips on how you can help your student revise for the reading comprehension 11+ exam!

Read the Text Slowly

One of the problems students have when doing their reading comprehension exams is that they read the text really quickly and therefore they aren’t able to fully understand what the text is about.  This means that when it comes to answering the questions, they often guess the answer.  Also, a lot of students forget to look back at the text when answering the questions which means that they don’t always answer the question correctly.  Encouraging your child to read the passage slowly and making sure they look back at it when answering questions will help them elevate their understanding of the text. 

Building Vocabulary

The best way to develop your child’s comprehension skills is to build their vocabulary.  Reading is the best way for your child to learn new words.  Having your child read to you, or with you, and having a vocabulary book for them to write down words that they don’t know the meaning of.  Get your child to think about the context in which the word is written, in order for them to try to understand the meaning of the word.  This skill will help them in the exam if they come across words they have never seen before. 

Attention to Detail

When answering comprehension questions students need to be able to read the text, and the questions, clearly and carefully.  They need to make sure they are understanding what the question is asking them to do and make sure they are answering in full sentences.  Encourage your child to read their answers afterwards to ensure they are answering the question.

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