For Test Takers

TOEFL® Tip: Organize Your Reading Tasks

  • Identify the passage type (e.g., classification, cause/effect, compare/contrast, problem/solution, description, narration, etc.) and its organization.
  • Organize the information in the passage:
    • Outline the passage to distinguish between major and minor points.
    • If the passage categorizes information, create a chart and place the information in appropriate categories.
    • Create an oral or written summary of the passage using charts and outlines.
    • Paraphrase individual sentences in a passage. Then, paraphrase entire paragraphs.

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