Skill 6: ANSWER IMPLIED DETAIL QUESTIONS CORRECTLY
You will sometimes be asked to answer a multiple-choice question about a reading passage by drawing a conclusion from a specific detail or details in the passage. Questions of this type contain the words implied, inferred, likely, or probably to let you know that the answer to the question is not directly stated. In this type of question, it is important to understand that you do not have to “pull the answer out of thin air.” Instead, some information will be given in the passage, and you will draw a conclusion from that information. Look at a multiple-choice example of an implied detail question from the paper TOEFL test.
HOW TO IDENTIFY THE QUESTION
It is implied in the passage that…
It can be inferred from the passage that…
It is most likely that…
What probably happened…?
WHERE TO FIND THE ANSWER
The answers to these questions are generally found in order in the passage.
HOW TO ANSWER THE QUESTION
- Choose a key word in the question.
- Scan the passage for the key word (or a related idea).
- Carefully read the sentence that contains the key word.
- Look for an answer that could be true, according to that sentence.