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Main Idea and Supporting Detail
Writer's Purpose and Point of View
Analyze the Relationship Among Ideas
Critical Reasoning Skills
Determine the Meaning of Words and Phrases
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Reading Comprehension

The Reading Comprehension section of the COMPASS covers several skill areas with each skill area addressing a number of sub-skills. An outline showing these skill areas and their major sub-skills is shown below.

Understand the Main Idea and Supporting Details in Written Material

  • Identify Explicit and Implicit Main Ideas of a Paragraph or Passage
  • Identify the Statement or Statements that Best Express the Main Idea of a Paragraph or Passage

Identify a Writer's Purpose and Point of View

  • Recognize a Writer's Expressed or Implied Audience and Purpose for Writing
  • Evaluating the Appropriateness of Written Material for a Specific Purpose or Audience
  • Recognizing the Likely Effect on an Audience of a Writer's Language Choices
  • Using the Content, Word Choice, and Phrasing of a Passage to Determine a Writer's Purpose or Point of View
  • Identifying an Author's Attitude
  • Recognizing How Language is Used in a Passage

Analyze the Relationship Among Ideas in Written Material

  • Identifying Sequence of Events or Steps and Analyzing Relationships Among Similar Ideas
  • Predicting Outcomes
  • Drawing Conclusions Inductively and Deductively from Information Stated or Implied in a Passage

Use Critical Reasoning Skills to Evaluate Written Material

  • Evaluating the Stated or Implied Assumptions upon Which the Validity of a Writer's Argument Depends
  • Judging the Relevance or Importance of Facts, Examples, or Graphic Data to a Writer's Argument
  • Evaluating the Logic of a Writer's Argument and the Validity of Analogies
  • Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion
  • Assessing the Credibility or Objectivity of a Writer or Source of Written Material

Determine the Meaning of Words and Phrases

  • Determining the Meaning of Words and Phrases in Context
  • Determining the Meaning of Figurative Expressions in Context