3 Steps to Answering Questions
Read the passage once through quickly to get the gist of the text
Analyse the questions (CUB Strategy)
Look for the correct paragraph/s with the ideas or keywords mentioned in the question
Compare similar information from different paragraphs before choosing your answer
Write your answers in complete sentences
Word / phrase is allowed only if the answer is to be written into the box (not lines) provided
Step 3: Check the Answer for
Do not lift the whole portion of the text blindly. Some parts might not be relevant to the question.
Use the marks indicated to guide you on how many points to include in your answer.
Check for accuracy in tense, spelling and punctuation marks.
CUB Strategy (for analysing questions)
Circle the question stem
E.g. What (circle "What") is Superman’s favourite colour?
What the question is asking for:
What / Which – state
How – explain
When – time
Why – reason
Where – place
Underline the tense marker
E.g. Why did Maggie finally decide to brush her teeth?
Bracket the key phrase
E.g. Why [didn’t Joe eat the hamburgers] even though he was [starving]?
Common mistakes made by students:
1. Not clarifying the question
What is the actual task?
Know what information you are looking for. Is it a ‘what’ or a ‘why’ that is being asked? Always take note of the question stem.
2. Not answering the question in full
Do not be tempted to answer the question from memory. Always go back to the passage and read closely for the precise information.
Using the keywords as a guide, bracket / underline / highlight the necessary information before you write out the answer.
Be especially careful with questions that require you to “explain fully”. Ensure you provide sufficient information in your answer to such questions.
3. Not checking the answers meticulously
Always check your answers for precision in
As with all skills, practice makes perfect.
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