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ielts reading lesson - ielts true false not given


If the fact you are given is clearly in the reading it is True

If the reading says the opposite of the fact you’ve been given it is False

If it is not true or false, it is Not Given

Strategies to answer the questions

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 statment, taken from the first sentence in the reading below:

“Chiles originate in South America and have been eaten for at least 9,500 years.

Chiles come from South America – True

People began eating Chiles in the last few centuries – False

South Americans were the first people to start eating Chiles – Not Given

Result & Explanation:

1. Number one is clearly true. Notice the use of the synonym ‘come from’ used instead of ‘originates’. It is common to use different words.

2. Two is clearly false as it was 9,500 years ago, not a few 100 years ago.

3. Three is not in the text. Be careful about making assumptions then thinking it is true. It is quite probable that 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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