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CUNY/Compass Reading Examination Strategies - Inference/Suggestion

An inference is a supposition based on information provided in the passage. Since inferences appeal to judgment and feelings, they are not directly or explicitly stated in the passage. Thus, they are difficult to find. Inferences require you to go beyond the observable to be able to draw logical conclusions about the passage. Therefore, it is important to pay close attention to the clues given in the passage.

To find inferences do the following:

  1. Establish the main idea of the passage.

  2. Determine the author’s intention for writing the passage.

  3. Recognize information in the passage to help you select the correct inference.

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