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How to attempt True/False Questions in IELTS

In: IELTS By: Indrani Mukherjee

Things to Remember while answering True/False/Not Given questions:-
·         You may write T instead of TRUE.
·         You may write F instead of FALSE.
·         You may write NG instead of NOT GIVEN
So, Save Time! So that you are able to answer the maximum questions correctly within 60 minutes. Before you start the Reading Practice test look what are the instructions asking for? Does it ask for Yes, No, Not Given or True, False or Not Given. Also, remember, you cannot write YES or Y if the question is asking you to write TRUE. Similarly, you cannot write NO or N if the question asks to write FALSE.
Now I am sharing a few tips which will help you to tackle these questions easily.
Many candidates answer True/False/Not Given questions according to what they think is correct, not what is stated in the passage. This is where they end up in marking the wrong answer. You are not supposed to use your understanding of the subject. Instead, read the passage carefully and give your answers based on what is given in the passage. You must only use the information in the passage to lead you to the correct answer; do not bring your own understanding or your opinion into the decision on what the answer should be.  . If you can't find the answer within 2 minutes, then automatically circle NG because the information is probably not there, so don't waste time looking for it. 
·         If the meaning of question statement matches 100% with the discussion in the passage, the answer is TRUE.
·         If the meaning of the question statement contradicts the discussion in the passage, the answer is FALSE.
·         If there is no discussion in the passage for the question statement, the answer is NOT GIVEN. A lot of students spend too long looking for answers that are not given and ultimately end up in wasting their valuable time.
Some strategies to answer the questions correctly
  1. The questions follow the order of the text.
  2. Read the question carefully to make sure you fully understand what it is saying.
  3. Scan the text to find where the answer is using key words from the question
  4. When you find where the answer is, read the text carefully to identify if you think it is T, F or NG.
  5. The questions will probably use synonyms rather than the words in the text.
  6. Look out for controlling words such as “only”, “all’, “never” etc. For example, if the fact in the question says 'some' and the fact in the text says 'all', then it is F.
  7. Do not spend a long time looking for the answer to one question; it is probably NG, if you cannot find it.
  8. Make sure you use the correct code; 'Yes', 'No', 'No Information' is sometimes used (these question are slightly different and you look for opinions rather than facts).
Look at this statement, taken from the first sentence in the reading below:
Chilies originate in South America and have been eaten for at least 9,500 years. Here are some example IELTS True False Not Given statements with answers:
1.    Chiles come from South America - T
2.    People began eating Chiles in the last few centuries - F
3.    South Americans were the first people to start eating Chiles -NG
Number one is clearly true. Notice the use of the synonym 'come from' used instead of 'originates'. It is common to use different words. Two is clearly false as it was 9,500 years ago, not a few 100 years ago. Three is not in the text. Be careful about making assumptions then thinking it is true. It is quite probable the South Americans began eating Chiles first as they originated there; however, you can't be sure of that and the text does not tell you that.

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