IELTS Reading True False Not Given: Tips & Practice

Jun 04,2024

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IELTS Reading one of the most complex modules, challenges students with various question types, like Matching Headings, Multiple Choice Questions, Fill in the Blanks, True False Not Given, and many more. In today’s blog, we are going to pick up True False Not Given.

What are True False Not Given Questions?

A series of questions with the instruction “Do the following statements agree with the information given in the reading passage”. Students are supposed to answer either True False Not Given. At times students are asked to answer the question as “Yes, No, and Not Given” instead of “True, False, and Not Given”. However, the nitty-gritty of the concept of True False Not Given is the same as Yes/ No and Not Given. Let’s get started.

Strategies for Answering the IELTS Reading True False Not Given Questions

  • The answer shall be TRUE if the text agrees or confirms the information in the statement.
  • If the text contradicts or deviates from the information provided in this statement, an answer is FALSE.
  • The response will be NOT GIVEN if there is no information available or it is not possible to determine.
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IELTS Reading False Vs Not Given

Often students tend to get confused between False and Not Given. False means that the passage states the opposite of the statement in question; ‘not given’ means that the statement is neither confirmed nor contradicted by the information in the passage.

‘False’ means that the passage states the opposite of the statement in question;
‘Not given’ means that the statement is neither confirmed nor contradicted by the information in the passage.

Common Mistakes in IELTS Reading True False Not Given

What are the common mistakes made by every student while solving IELTS True False Not Given?

  • The real trouble is the option of “Not Given”. Most students don’t know how to answer such questions, which causes them a lot of trouble because they are unsure what to look for.
  • Several times the statements provided in the question are not easy to understand, confusing students whether the answer is True or False. It may also happen that when the answer to the question is “not given” students may feel unconfident about it and waste time searching for the answer that does not exist in the passage.
  • Another mistake is student often waste their time in matching the exact keywords they have ticked in their statement with keywords from the passage. Sometimes students get irritated and forget the root meaning of True False Not Given.

Also Read: IELTS Writing Task 2: A Detailed Guide

IELTS Reading Tips for True False Not Given

  • Always make sure you understand if a question is YES/NO/NOT GIVEN or TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN by carefully reading the instructions.
  • While attempting True False Not Given it is a must that students understand the overall meaning of the question instead of simply keeping an eye on keywords.
  • Stay alert of words like some” or “always
  • Make sure you take into consideration all the words that can have possible synonyms in the question. This habit will help you find relevant passages.
  • The sentences in questions are always going to be interpretative, hence try to draw a connection between the question sentence and text in passages.
  • For the text to be answered as True not just the part of the question but the entire question must match exactly.
  • To aid in concentration, highlight the words that contain the solution so you may review them at a later time.
  • If you are unable to figure out the answer, move on to the next question and mark the response as “not given”.
  • Only indicate “not given” for the response if you are unsure or unable to find it.
  • Be cautious when making assumptions about your past knowledge on the topic. Your answers should only be based on the text itself.
  • Look for any terms that are provided in the statement, such as some, all, mostly, often, always, and occasionally. These words are included to check if you have read the complete sentence because they may change its meaning.
  • Proceed cautiously when you come across verbs that qualify statements, such as imply, claim, believe, and know.
  • There will be at least one instance of each of the three responses. If you do not have at least one “true,” “false,” or “not given,” then you have at least one wrong response.
  • Refrain from glancing quickly through the text to get the answer.
  • Do not shy away from reading the passages, no shortcuts or so-called “skimming scanning” are going to come to your aid if you are a mediatory level of English learner.
  • Concentrate on matching the meaning and not just the exact words.
  • There are two possibilities where you could be sure that the answer to the statement is Not Given. Firstly, if you are unable to find the information, and secondly when you are unable to give a proper simple sense to the question, it is most likely that the answer is Not Given.
  • You will always find your answers of True False Not Given in sequence.

YES/NO/NOT GIVEN inquiries are a little different because they deal with opinions while facts are covered in questions marked TRUE FALSE NOT GIVEN.

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    Aayushi Vankawala

    Meet Aayushi Vankawala, a distinguished IELTS and PTE trainer a faculty at Aspire Square Surat with a master's degree in Law and expertise in the Speaking module. With dynamic methods like interactive activities and personalized feedback, she ensures tailored learning experiences. Through dedication and innovation, she empowers students to excel in language proficiency.


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