Skill 3: ANSWER STATED DETAIL QUESTIONS CORRECTLY
A stated detail question asks about one piece of information in the passage rather than the passage as a whole. The answers to these questions are generally given in order in the passage, and the correct answer is often a restatement of what is given in the passage. This means that the correct answer often expresses the same idea as what is written in the passage, but the words are not exactly the same. The questions that test stated details are generally multiple-choice questions. On the computer test, there may also be a type of stated detail question that asks you to click on an appropriate drawing. Look at a multiple-choice example from the paper TOEFL test that asks about a stated detail from the passage.
HOW TO IDENTIFY THE QUESTION
According to the passage,…
It is stated in the passage…
The passage indicates that…
Which of the following is true…?
HOW TO ANSWER THE QUESTION
- Choose a key word in the question.
- Skim in the appropriate part of the passage for the key word or idea.
- Read the sentence that contains the key word or idea carefully.
- Eliminate the definitely wrong answers and choose the best answer from the remaining choices.