The Reading Comprehension section tests your ability to read and comprehend both academic and non-academic texts.
After you read each passage, read the questions that follow it and the four possible answers. Choose the best answer by filling in the space — see sample answer below — that corresponds to the letter of the answer you have chosen.
Print the TOEFL Junior® Answer Sheet to respond to the numbered sample questions below. If you do not have access to a printer, you can use a sheet of blank paper to write down your answers. A link to the answer key is included at the end of the sample questions.
Sample: Reading Comprehension Questions
Questions 1–4 are about the following announcement.
Student Volunteers Needed!
On Saturday, December 12th, from 10 A.M. until 4 P.M., Carverton Middle School will be holding a music festival in the school gymnasium. The special event will feature a variety of professional musicians and singers.
|Make posters||1 P.M.–4 P.M.||December 5th|
|Set up gym||11 A.M.–4 P.M.||December 11th|
|Help performers||9 A.M.–4 P.M.||December 12th|
|Welcome guests||10 A.M.–2 P.M.||December 12th|
|Clean up gym||4 P.M.–7 P.M.||December 12th|
Interested students should speak with Ms. Braxton, the music teacher. Students who would like to help at the festival must have written permission from a parent or guardian.
1. What time will the festival begin?
- 10 A.M.
- 11 A.M.
- 1 P.M.
- 2 P.M.
2. In line 2, the word feature is closest in meaning to _______.
3. What job will be done the day before the festival begins?
- Making posters
- Setting up the gym
- Cleaning up the gym
- Helping the performers
4. Who is told to talk to Ms. Braxton?
Questions 5–11 refer to the following story.
|"Did you see that?" Joe said to his friend Bill. "You're a great shooter!"|
|Bill caught the basketball and bounced it before throwing it again. The ball flew into|
|"Bill, you never miss!" Joe said admiringly.|
|5||"Unless I'm in a real game," Bill complained. "Then I miss all the time."|
|Joe knew that Bill was right. Bill performed much better when he was having fun|
|with Joe in the school yard than he did when he was playing for the school team in front|
|of a large crowd.|
|"Maybe you just need to practice more," Joe suggested.|
|10||"But I practice all the time with you!" Bill objected. He shook his head. "I just can't|
|play well when people are watching me."|
|"You play well when I'm watching," Joe pointed out.|
|"That's because I've known you since we were five years old," Bill said with a smile. "I'm just not|
|comfortable playing when other people are around."|
|15||Joe nodded and understood, but he also had an idea.|
|The next day Joe and Bill met in the school yard again to practice. After a few minutes, Joe|
|"Practice without me," Joe said to his friend. "I'll be back in a minute."|
|Joe hurried through the school building, gathering together whomever he could find—two|
|20||students, a math teacher, two secretaries, and a janitor.|
|When Joe explained why he needed them, everyone|
|was happy to help.|
|Joe reminded the group to stay quiet as they all|
|went toward the school's basketball court. As Joe|
|25||had hoped, Bill was still practicing basketball. He|
|made five baskets in a row without noticing the|
|silent people standing behind him.|
|"Hey, Bill!" Joe called out finally.|
|Bill turned. A look of surprise came over his<</td>|
|"I just wanted to show you that you could play|
|well with people watching you," Joe said. "Now|
|you'll have nothing to worry about for the next|
5. What would be the best title for the story?
- Joe Joins the Team
- Practice Makes Perfect
- Bill Wins the Big Game
- Bill's Basketball Problem
6. In line 6, the word performed is closest in meaning to _______.
7. Why is Bill upset?
- He plays better in practice than he does during games.
- The school yard is not a good place to practice.
- Joe watches him too closely when he plays.
- His team loses too many games.
8. Why does Bill play well when Joe is watching him?
- He is comfortable with Joe.
- Joe tells him how to play better.
- He does not know that Joe is there.
- He wants to prove to Joe that he is a good player.
9. Why does Joe decide to gather a group of people?
- Because he wants more players for his team
- Because he wants to help Bill feel less nervous
- Because he wants to show them his talent
- Because he wants more people to see the next game
10. At the end of the story, all of the following people watch Bill practice EXCEPT _______.
- a janitor
- a math teacher
- the basketball coach
11. Why does the group have to be quiet when they go to the basketball court?
- Because Joe is telling Bill what to do
- Because they do not want Bill to know they were there
- Because Bill likes to practice alone
- Because the group needs to listen to Joe’s instructions
Questions 12–20 are about the following passage.
|When another old cave is discovered in the south of France, it is not usually news. Rather, it|
|is an ordinary event. Such discoveries are so frequent|
|these days that hardly anybody pays heed to them. However,|
|when the Lascaux cave complex was discovered in 1940,|
|5||the world was amazed. Painted directly on its walls were|
|hundreds of scenes showing how people lived thousands|
|of years ago. The scenes show people hunting animals,|
|such as bison or wild cats. Other images depict birds and,|
|most noticeably, horses, which appear in more than|
|10||300 wall images, by far outnumbering all other animals.|
|Early artists drawing these animals accomplished|
|a monumental and difficult task. They did not limit|
|themselves to the easily accessible walls but carried|
|their painting materials to spaces that required climbing|
|15||steep walls or crawling into narrow passages in the|
|Unfortunately, the paintings have been exposed to the|
|destructive action of water and temperature changes, which|
|easily wear the images away. Because the Lascaux caves have|
|20||many entrances, air movement has also damaged the images inside.|
|Although they are not out in the open air, where natural light would have|
|destroyed them long ago, many of the images have deteriorated and are barely|
|recognizable. To prevent further damage, the site was closed to tourists in 1963, 23 years after|
|it was discovered.|
12. Which title best summarizes the main idea of the passage?
- Wild Animals in Art
- Hidden Prehistoric Paintings
- Exploring Caves Respectfully
- Determining the Age of French Caves
13. In line 3, the words pays heed to are closest in meaning to _______.
14. Based on the passage, what is probably true about the south of France?
- It is home to rare animals.
- It has a large number of caves.
- It is known for horse-racing events.
- It has attracted many famous artists.
15. According to the passage, which animals appear most often on the cave walls?
- Wild cats
16. In line 8, the word depict is closest in meaning to _______.
17. Why was painting inside the Lascaux complex a difficult task?
- It was completely dark inside.
- The caves were full of wild animals.
- Painting materials were hard to find.
- Many painting spaces were difficult to reach.
18. In line 12, the word They refers to _______.
19. According to the passage, all of the following have caused damage to the paintings EXCEPT _______.
- temperature changes
- air movement
20. What does the passage say happened at the Lascaux caves in 1963?
- Visitors were prohibited from entering.
- A new lighting system was installed.
- Another part was discovered.
- A new entrance was created.
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