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Reading Comprehension- Passage Types

Analysis on Different Types of RC Passages

Reading Comprehension Passage Types


Reading Comprehensions can be divided according to the passage type and the particular area they appear from. Broadly, we have the following 5 categories for RC passages:

  • Social Science Passages: These passages would be areas such as history, politics and geography. Generally these passages are enjoyable to read and are not too dense. A lot of inferential questions are based on these passages, which check your reading ability as well as how closely you have followed the passage.
  • Business & Economics Passages: These passages are based on important economic theories and business events. It is important you are acquainted to the language of business and economics, understanding their terminology and their implications. Work on your business knowledge and vocabulary to be comfortable with these passages.
  • Science Passages: These passages deal with areas such as biology, chemistry, medicine, technology and mathematics. Generally these passages present a lot of facts, and since their subject matter is new to you, you might be bored by them. Do not get confused by the technical jargon presented and focus on the main ideas that are being presented by the author of the passage.
  • Liberal Art Passage: These passages are related to philosophy, sociology and psychology. Generally these passages are very dense and require immense focus for understanding them. Previous acquaintance with similar material will go a long way in disarming your resistance to this particular passage type. Generally the questions based on these passages are focused on the overall picture, and check your general understanding of the concepts presented.
  • Politics & Current Affairs: The passages from this area are generally based on current news and these passages are by far the easiest to read. Since we are familiar with the topics, it becomes easy for us to understand what is happening and to follow the author of the passage. Though these passages are simple on most occasions, they can pose some tricky inferential questions at times.

From the above analysis, you can identify the areas you are comfortable with and the ones that require work. The above classification gives you the power to understand your passage preference, and the areas which require work from your side.



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