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Tools for Reading: Finding the Main Idea


SPEAKER: Jen Denton
DURATION: 45 minutes


Finding the central idea of a reading passage is a vital test-taking skill. Test-makers measure reading comprehension by asking questions about the author's main message and the details that support it. We've got tips to help you build this essential reading skill and confidently take on the exam.

What you'll learn:

  • The WHAT, WHY, and HOW of “main idea”
  • Proven strategies to read for meaning
  • Test-maker clues
  • Answers to sample test questions


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