Skimming

One of the most important skills you will need to develop for the TOEIC is Skimming—this will help you with many Questions in Part 6: Text Completion and Part 7: Reading Comprehension, especially with Inference Questions.  Skimming means to quickly look through a Text, focusing only on certain words.  These words give you an understanding of the general information or ideas in the Text.

The key to Skimming is to NOT READ every word.

Instead, focus on the following kinds of Key Words:

  • Subject or Object of each sentence
  • Action Verbs (i.e., verb that describe a clear action, such as “delete”)
  • Helping Verbs (i.e., verbs such as “need to”, “can”, or “will”)
  • Strong Adjectives
Example:

Original Text:

“Security cameras are being installed at all exits.  While we regret this slight intrusion of privacy, know that it is for your own protection.  At the end of each week, these security tapes will be erased, to ensure that this invasion of your privacy is temporary.

Skimmed Text:

Security cameras are being installed at all exitsWhile we regret this slight intrusion of privacy, know that it is for your own protectionAt the end of each week, these security tapes will be erased, to ensure that this invasion of your privacy is temporary.”

Skimming will help you: more quickly understand the General Ideas of Texts, without having to read every word.

Skimming will also help you: know the Location of different kinds of information.

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