For Test Takers

TOEFL® Tip: The Art of Skimming

Skimming is a useful approach to getting a quick overview of the material you are reading and indentifying key places in the text.

  • Practice skimming a passage quickly to get a general impression of the main idea, instead of carefully reading each word and each sentence.
  • Develop the ability to skim quickly and identify major points.
  • After skimming a passage, read it again more carefully and write down the main idea, major points and important facts.

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