What Are the Four Levels of Comprehension?

The four levels of comprehension are literal, interpretive, applied and appreciative. The literal level deals with understanding and absorbing facts, the interpretive level concerns underlying implications, the applied level focuses on translating topics into real-world situations and the appreciative level looks at the reader’s response based on personal feelings.

Reading comprehension strategies help to improve the understanding of text, boost the recall of details, increase concentration levels, enhance personal involvement, promote critical thinking and encourage active reading. To assess various levels of comprehension, teachers ask students about general facts, specific details, main ideas, inferences, sequences, convergent topics and divergent topics.