Inference in Reading Comprehension of National Examination English Text

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Fattuhillah Fattuhillah


Reading comprehension has the highest proportion in National Exam English Text (NEET). Inference dominates and it is considered as one of the difficult questions. This research aims to identify the kinds of text with inference questions, the forms of inference question and the process of how students make inference. The writer used qualitative descriptive research. The writer used students’ recording of interview as the primary data and the script of NEET as the secondary data. The writer used document study, observation, and interview in collecting data. The questions were dominated by drawing conclusion. The easiest question was about referential and the most difficult question was about synonym/closest meaning (inferring meaning of word). In the process of making inference, students tended to do seven steps, but these steps showed that students did not follow the actual rules of making inference. It happened because they did not start from understanding the text firstly, but most of them used to start from understanding the question and multiple choices firstly.

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FATTUHILLAH, Fattuhillah. Inference in Reading Comprehension of National Examination English Text. Journal of Development Research, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 81-88, nov. 2019. ISSN 2579-9347. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 07 dec. 2019. doi:
Education and Social Science