The iPad actually has quite a few options for text selection that I don’t always see mentioned here, including a few that I don’t think even 3D Touch iPhones have. There’s the obvious one:

• Swipe with two fingers to move cursor.

But there’s also

• Tap and hold with two fingers to begin selecting, then move fingers to expand selection, OR

• Tap once with two fingers to select single word.

• Double tap with two fingers to select sentence.

• Triple tap with two fingers to select paragraph.

While text is selected:

• Swipe left/up with two fingers to move left selection handle.

• Swipe right/down with two fingers to move right selection handle.

* Tap once with two fingers to exit selection and return to cursor mode.

The cursor position will return to either:

* The beginning of the previous selection, if you adjusted the handles to make your selection, OR

* The spot of the previous cursor, before you entered selection mode, if you selected text using the single/double/triple tap to select option and did not adjust the size of the selection.

I hope these are useful for some of you!

PSA: The iPad’s keyboard gestures are more robust than you might think : apple

Seems to work, but takes some patience to practice.