Skimming and scanning

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One-minute video

One-minute video

Why skim and scan text?

Speed read or skim text to get the gist. Scan text to find a specific piece of information.

Quick tips for tutors

Skimming and scanning includes

  • How to skim read texts for gist
  • How to scan texts for specific information
  • The difference between skimming and scanning

What do the levels mean?

Skillswise uses the levels of the National Qualifications Framework, which start at Entry 1, 2 and 3 and then go on to Level 1 and Level 2.

  • Entry 3 covers the basic concepts and is a good preparation for starting a Level 1 course.
  • Level 1 is roughly equivalent to a GCSE D-G grade in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and a Foundation level at Standard Grade in Scotland. A useful qualification for many jobs.
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