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CUNY/Compass Reading Examination Strategies

The CUNY/COMPASS Reading exam determines your reading comprehension by focusing on your ability to find specific information, to determine the correct meaning to vocabulary words, and to make logical inferences that go beyond the information provided in the passages. It is an un-timed test given in a multiple-choice format that includes the following types of questions listed below. Click on each of them to learn about strategies to deal with each type.

  1. Main Idea
  2. Supporting details/facts
  3. Inference/suggestion
  4. Except/Not questions
  5. Other Strategies


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