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CENNI Reading Problems

Actualizado: 13 ene 2020

Skimming and scanning are two of the most misunderstood and misused skills in the whole CENNI test. Most Teaches Know what they are and when to use them, but many use them incorrectly or innapropriately.

In the academic workshops and preparation curses, lots of students ask how to improve their reading score it is simple. Technique is the base of a good score. We basicaly have been reading for ages since we learned the alphabet, however in almost any circunstance we have aimed a goal when we are reading.

This is not the student’s fault; it is mostly down our missing love for reading. Many teachers tell students that skimming and scanning are the key to success in the reading test without really explaining what they are and most importantly, when you should use them.

This article will look in detail at what they are and when to use them.

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curso comprension de textos
English Text Comprehension

Cenni Reading Skills

Reading skills includes fluency, decoding and vicabulary development. these are needed to comprehend written materials. These skills become lifelong readers  who think critically, understand deeply the message of the written text. Reading skills are vital to function well in the society. Without reading skills , an individual performs less in his functions.  Telling students that skimming and scanning are all you need to get a high score is wrong because there are not the only key reading skills.


This is when you read the whole text or a large part of the text, so that you understand the general meaning. In other words, you read quickly to understand generally what it is about.

When I look at a newspaper I tend to do this, so that I can quickly understand what the stories are about and if I want to read some of them in more detail. In this way, I can read a whole newspaper in 5-10 minutes because I have not been reading every word of each story, but instead just quickly finding out what the general meaning is.

Why do we do this?

Understanding the general meaning of a text will help you scan for the correct information and decide what the correct answer is. It is very difficult to look at one sentence and decide what the correct answer is without knowing the overall context of the entire text.


Scanning is when you look for a particular word or phrase. We normally use this skill when we are trying to locate