The ability to make a logical inference is crucial to understanding what you read. An inference is a reasoned guess given the information that is available to you. This chapter is composed of three parts: (1) making inferences from the given facts, 2) making inferences from written material, and (3) how to make inferences. Suggestions for making inferences include: (1) understanding the literal meaning, (2) noticing the details, (3) adding up the facts, (4) being alert to clues, (5) considering the author's purpose, and (6) verifying your inference.
Practice exercises are provided along with examples and explanations on how to make inferences.