IELTS Reading. True, false, Not given

This is the most difficult part of the reading test. Not only does it require good reading skills, it also requires good paraphrasing and synonym skills.

This is dealing with factual information, so words which suggest ‘approximation’ are misleading and are there to trip you up.

What do ‘true’ ‘false’ & ‘not given’ actually mean?

If it is stated (usually by way of paraphrasing) then it is ‘true’

If the opposite is stated (again usually by paraphrasing) then it is false.

Also be aware of the fact that there may be more than on piece of information in the statement. Ensure that both pieces of information are either stated or contradicted. If only one piece is stated, then it is false.

If it is not mentioned at all in the text, then it is not given.

Be aware!!!!    Words relevant to the answer can appear in the text, but you need to be able to understand the overall jist of the sentence or sentences to be able to judge if the relevant words are the actual meaning or just a reference to it.

Practice time.     To practice, you can either:  1. Read the text first, then the statements. 2. Read the statements and then the text. People have different methods which they prefer.  Try both methods, and see which one suits you.


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