Wassce Reading

Reading comprehension is tested in all of the Wassce papers.   However, paper 2 specifically tests comprehension and summary skills.  

Key points of the comprehension section:

  • One passage of about 350 words
  • You should spend 30 Minutes on this section
  • 20 Marks

Key points of the summary section:

  • One prose passage of about 500 words
  • You should spend 40 minutes on this section.
  • 30 marks

Lessons

How to select quotations

Read the questionRead the text and look for key words and phrases that appear in the questionUnderline or mark the phrase that answers the question.Write or copy the quotation using…

How to paraphrase

Putting a text into your own words is called paraphrasing. Use the steps you learnt in the quotations section to identify the right section.Use paraphrasing when the question asks for…

How to summarise

First read the question and underline the focus of the question.Then skim read the text or texts to identify the main ideas and the writer’s point of view about the…

How to write long answers

Check how many points the question has.Be preciseUse words like firstly, secondly, for example, similarly, likewise, however, on the other handMake it clear which text you are writing about

How to identify the main idea

Look at the headline.Then look at the first two sentencesNext, look at the first sentence of each paragraphRead the whole article as the main idea may be hidden in the…

How to identify the purpose of a text

PurposeExamplesHow to recogniseto instruct●     recipes●     manuals●     directions●     clear language●     concise statements●     command verbs like “stop”to inform●     leaflets●     fact sheets●     reports●     formal language●     information●     statisticsto persuade●     advertisements●     letters and posters●     articles●    …

How to identify the audience

The audience is the person the author is writing for.  To be able to identify the audience, you should: Skim read the text looking for clues as to who the…

Types of language – methods of text

Type Description Style seriousformalinformal Descriptive language create an image in readers minds Command verbs do this, come here Emotive language appeal to readers emotions simile as nice as pie metaphor…

Type of language – more methods of text

Type Description Repetition repeating words or phrase Hyperbole exaggeration Rhetorical question a question not expecting an asnwer but getting the reader to think Counter argument giving a different point of…

How to identify implicit meaning

read in contextread the detaillook for phrases that suggests certain thingsCheck to make sure that there are not more implicit meaningsLook for phrases that convey an image of someone doing…

Phrases

Adverbial Phrases An adverbial phrase describes when, where or how something happens. Examples: I will smile quitely. (normal adverb)I will look at you in silence . (adverbial phrase). In silence…