Detail Questions: 30% of RC Questions
Goal of the Question
What does a Detail Question ask for?
To rapidly find details specifically mentioned in the passage.
You can think of detail questions as "find it" questions. With detail questions its simply a matter of finding a specific detail mentioned in the passage.
Company A introduced a new product last year that is selling better than any of its other current products, and perhaps it may continue to sell better than any of the new products its currently developing.
According to the passage, which of the following is true of Company A?
A wrong answer: Sales of its products are up.
The passage doesn’t state that sales of the company’s products are up, nor could we infer that they are.
A correct answer: Sales of its new product exceed that of any of its other products.
Yes, the passage states that the sales of its new product exceed that of any of its other products: “a new product last year that is selling better than any of its other current products”.
Detail questions almost always involve the following language:
“according to the passage”
Or any question that asks you to retrieve data specifically stated in the passage.