This packet covers eight key skills leading up to testing. The skills are fact vs. opinion, inferencing, homonyms, sequencing, comparing and contrasting using a Venn Diagram, author's purpose, cause and effect, genre (fantasy vs. reality and autobiography vs. biography, and main idea and detail. The questions are formatted much as students will see on many of the standardized tests that they will take. There are at least two questions from each skill set. Most require short answer response. A few are multiple choice.