Objective Comprehension of a given passage or a number of passages is an integral part of any examination test in English. The objective English tests of competitive examination are designed to assess through questions the verbal ability, language skills, the knowledge of the examinee on grammar, vocabulary and comprehension of written English. Therefore, a student is required to read the passage carefully and choose a correct answer out of the alternatives given under the question. However, the questions are challenging and they all require an appreciation of more than just the superficial understanding of the passage. Therefore, it is very important that due attention should he paid to comprehension exercises.
The important points to be noted in this field are given as under:
1. It is pertinent to note that sense of language and fund of words should be ample enough so that students may not feel disadvantage on that account.
2. The questions are based on what is stated or implied in each passage.
3. Invariably the inference is based on the logical consequence of the information in the passage. Therefore, the answer must be based on and supported by the information given in the passage under reference.
4. In some competitive examinations the students are also required to answer questions on synonyms and antonyms given in the passage. It is very important to note that the meaning of the word should be chosen from the alternatives in the context of the theme of the passage. One must not take into account only the literal meaning of the word.