TOEIC Reading Tips:
To do well in this part, you should know the different parts of speech and how they are used to form a grammatically correct sentence. In particular, beware of:
- Two-part phrasal verbs
- Incorrect use of prepositions
- Incorrectly placed adjectives
- Incorrect word forms
- Incorrect grammatical tense
- Incorrect transition word such as however,furthermore, etc.
- Incorrect conjunctions such as and, but, etc
Many options can seem close until proven, so to save time, try to identify the grammatical function of the word in the blank.
It is necessary to check the grammar thoroughly to get a high score in this section. In particular, you should consider:
- subject and verb
- word order
Remember, you only asked about the underlined words.Words not underlined are always correct. Beware of words inserted in the do not belong, such as: "My father is a good man." Improper use of pronouns is also common, for example, "has given the report itself."
The strategies used here are similar in essence to those used for the above incomplete sentences. The difference is that because the blanks to be filled are part of the larger pieces of writing, such as letters, you need to keep not only the grammatical aspect in mind, but also the context and tone of all piece of writing.
As in all reading comprehension exercises, a variety of skills are required to deduce the correct answer. These include skimming, scanning, paraphrasing, comprehension and vocabulary in context. You should be able to identify synonyms and implicit information. One clue is that the order of the questions follows the order of information in the reading passage. This should save time by scanning for specific details. Make sure you choose the answer that answers the question, since many of the answer choices can simply repeat the information in the reading passage. Finally, you may want to read the questions before touching the passage, to give a better idea of what is to come. Complete many practice TOEIC reading exercises to familiarize yourself with common reading passage topics.