Reading comprehension is understanding a text that is read, or the process of "constructing meaning" from a text. Comprehension is a "construction process" because it involves all of the elements of the reading process working together as a text is read to create a representation of the text in the reader's mind.
Process in which the reader constructs meaning interacting with text through a combination of prior knowledge, information available in text, the stance taken in relationship to the text, and social interactions and communications.
The ability to understand what one reads. Reading comprehension may be affected by the difficulty of the text, the vocabulary words used in the text, and the reader's familiarity with the subject matter, among other factors.
Reading comprehension involves interpreting written information such as technical reports and manuals, manuscripts, mailing addresses, city maps, or written directions/warnings.
Reading comprehension can be defined as the level of understanding of a passage or text. For normal reading rates (around 200-220 words per minute) an acceptable level of comprehension is above 75%.