How To Answer Comprehension Questions Correctly

Are you scared of comprehension passages in English because the questions always give you tough time to answer?

In this lesson,

You will see and learn how to answer comprehension questions fast and correctly in any of your English Examination.

ALSO SEE: How To Answer Questions On English Register

Take note.

How to answer comprehension questions

A link for you to practice past questions on comprehension is provided at the bottom of this lesson.

1. Read the passage ONCE

A short time is always given for English exam which gives you barely a minute to answer each question.

Do NOT waste your time by reading the passage twice or thrice.

Without distraction, once is enough and then go straight to the comprehension questions.

2. Read each question carefully

As you read through the questions, there will be words in each question that you’d remember seeing in the comprehension passage.

That’s how smart your brain works.

It may not remember the entire comprehension passage but when it sees a familiar word, you will get an alert.

3. Go back to the passage

Once you spot a familiar word in the question, go back to the passage immediately and look for where that word is.

Do NOT read the entire comprehension passage again.

Just skim through it fast with your eyes and stop once you see the familiar word that you came for.

4. Check the options

After seeing where the familiar word is in the passage, go back to the question and check the options A—D or A—E.

This will prepare your smart brain for the last step.

You may even know the answer to the question already from this step.

But whether you do or not, it is best to be sure.

5. Confirm your answer

After going through the options, go back again to the comprehension passage, where that familiar word is and get your answer.

But how?

Read the sentence(s) around that familiar word. Or the paragraph, if you may.

The answer to any question on comprehension is always within the paragraph in the passage that contains that familiar word.

Test yourself

Click on the link below to practice past questions on comprehension passages now.


Do you have something to ask on how to answer comprehension questions? Comment below and a staff or fellow ACADite will reply you.

10 responses to “How To Answer Comprehension Questions Correctly”

  1. AMALA OKOLI avatar


  2. anonymous avatar

    thank you sir have a nice day

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  4. Olarewaju ade avatar
    Olarewaju ade

    God will bless you abundantly

    1. Toppers Staff avatar


      God bless you too, Olarewaju.

  5. Sithri Udeogaranya avatar
    Sithri Udeogaranya

    Yes, it works now.
    Thanks so much! God bless you

    1. Toppers Staff avatar

      You are welcome, Sithri.

  6. Prosper099 avatar

    Toppers, you guys are doing a great job here.
    I can one get/download the pdf for subject GEOGRAPHY?

  7. Sithri avatar

    The link to the practice test isn’t working
    Please fix this
    Thank you

    1. Toppers Staff avatar

      Thank you for notifying us, Sithri.

      We will correct that soon.
      Check back in an hour time or two.

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