Skimming is reading quickly to find the general overview of the passage. Always think about the introductory sections and topic sentences of reading passages, as they are the main ideas. Always read the major parts when you are skimming a reading passage. The main idea of entire readings, sections, or paragraphs of reading passages should become clear when doing this. Reading either the first sentence, or the first and last sentence of a paragraph is another great skimming technique. The first and/or last sentence of a paragraph will provide enough information about the general overview of a paragraph for the most part. BUT remember reading the whole passage is a MUST is SAT exam.
HOW TO IDENTIFY THE MAIN IDEA QUESTION?
What is the topic of the passage?
What is the subject of the passage?
What is the main idea of the passage?
What is the author’s main point in the passage?
With what is the author primarily concerned?
Which of the following would be the best title?
WHERE TO FIND THE ANSWER?
The answer to this type of question can generally be determined by looking at the first sentence of each paragraph.
HOW TO ANSWER THE QUESTION?
- Read the first line of each paragraph.
- Look for a common theme or idea in the first lines. (Not always)
- Pass your eyes quickly over the rest of the passage to check that you really have found the topic sentence(s).
- Eliminate any definitely wrong answers and choose the best answer from the remaining choices.