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Preparing for the Junior Cert Reading Comprehension


By Matthieu Nivard

The reading comprehension of Junior Certificate French Exam accounts for 31.25% of your overall grade. It is designed to test your ability to understand written French vocabulary – can you pick out the relevant information/word(s) in written pieces of varying length?

To help you revise efficiently here is a break-down of what to expect for each section.

The reading comprehension section consists of 9 parts. Although less predictable than the listening comprehension, there are some regular features.

The first question must be answered in French. It deals with signs so you should revise

Recipes are commonly included so it is very important that you know vocabulary related to

There is always a multiple choice question. It must be answered in French. It can involve extracts from either:


The other questions in the reading comprehension are extracts from newspapers, interviews, advertisements… They cover a wide range of vocabulary so, in order to maximise your grade, here is a check list of the topics you should revise:

Checklist reading compr


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To prepare for the Reading comprehension, you should try to


[Also read]: Preparing for the Junior Cert Listening Comprehension

[Also read]: Self -assessment check lists for the French Junior Certificate (informal and formal) letters

Matthieu Nivard ABOUT THE AUTHOR, Matthieu Nivard

Matthieu has two Masters Degrees from Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III and taught in the linguistic Department in Bordeaux III. He later relocated to Denmark where he taught English and French in a Danish Folkeskole. He moved to Cork in 2007, and joined the team at Alliance Française de Cork as a French tutor, teaching second level, adults, children and training French teachers. Matthieu also works with Cork French Film Festival team during the week of CFFF, introducing films, interpreting and helping with Education Packs.

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