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Thursday, November 19, 2009

GP Comprehension

For this other part of the GP exam, students will need to know what the authors of the passages are trying to say or what the authors really mean?

The opinions of the authors will need to be understood. Competent re-phrasing of sentences to illustrate understanding of the passages is also essential.

Some students find this part of the exam difficult because they may not have been exposed to many life events and thus are not sensitive enough to fully understand the opinions and meanings of the passages. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that these students are incapable of discerning the opinions and thoughts of the authors but rather, these students may need guidance on how to tackle these questions. There are ways to do this right.

It depends on a combination of exposure to life events, knowledge of current issues, sensitivity to people's words and language used, above-average English standards, and refraining from jumping to conclusions based on a few words in the passages.

Hey students, please feel free to leave comments in the comments section, I hope that this blog can be an interactive forum between you guys/girls and myself. Thanks.


Anonymous said...

Hey, I was browsing through the Internet for some tips in tackling GP questions and I've come across your website:) I was just wondering whether do you have any tips on how to handle the questions for comprehensions, like what should I do if there's a word that I don't understand or a paragraph that's hard to understand?

Eagle said...

Hi, bascially, for the vocab questions, there are really no hard and fast rules. Some would say that it is a gamble, either you know the words or you simply do not. If you do not recognise the word in question, well, the closest tip I can offer is for you to read the para that contains the particular word carefully, and try your best to 'guess' its meaning from the way the para is written. If the para is trying to prove a point in a positive manner, then chances are, the word is supporting its argument, hope you get what I mean.

As for a para that is hard to understand, for this, the tip is to read the key words in the para, perhaps underline them, and read the key words over a few times, you might then realise that you somehow know what the para is trying to say (well, more or less).

All The Best!