How To Solve True/False/Not Given
True/false and not given are one of the most common questions that come in IELTS exam and are often the most confusing.
But, you can actually answer these questions without even reading the passage.
Given below are some of the tips to make sure that you get the answers correct with minimum effort.
Remember, before attempting the question make sure you read the instructions properly. Find out if they are true/false/not given or yes/no/not given kind of questions. Also make sure in how many words you need to answer the questions.
- SURETY DOESN’T WORK
- The questions in IELTS usually contain uncertain words such as: may, might, seems to, can, could etc.
So, if the questions contain strong words such as “should, resolve, must, pledge, swear etc” the answer is not given.
- TRICKY NUMBERS
- If the article gives the range of numbers and in the question a specific number is asked which is in that range, the answer is not given.
The war started from 1942 to 1947, and Pakistan finally got freedom in 1947.
If in question it says-:
The war started in 1942 and Pakistan finally got independence in 1947.
The answer must be marked as to not given.
- If the number in the question given, is beyond the range given in the article the answer is false.
Article-: The war began in 1942 to 1947 and India finally got freedom in 1947.
Question-: the war began in 1942 to 1947, and India finally got freedom in 1948.
- If the number in the article is over the range given in the question, the answer is false.
Article-: In a recent book on Gandhi, an entire chapter is devoted to the quit India movement.
In question-: A recent book on Gandhi is devoted on “the quit India movement”.
The answer is false. Because in the article it is talking about just a chapter and in the question the question is about the entire book.
NOTE-: If only a single number is mentioned in the article and the question, first locate the information and then find the number from the article.
- If the numbers and the information are same in the question as well as article the answer is true.
- IDIOTIC QUESTIONS
- If the information never appeared in the article, the answer is not given.
- CONDITIONAL QUESTIONS
- If there are two sets of information in the article i.e A and B, but if the question mentions A or B, the answer is false.
- If in the article a fact A occurs with some restrictions, but in the question the A occurs without the restriction, the answer is false.
Article-: poverty can be eradicated if education is improved.
Question-: poverty can be eradicated.
The answer is false, because the condition is not present.
- TRICKY TRICKY
- If the article uses possibility words such as “odd, opportunity, chance, many believe, possible, likely, probable, seems, appear to,etc”.
But question changes to certain words, “ convinced, fact, definitely, invariably, absolutely, universally, accepted, well-documented, unanimously, perceived, etc”
The answer is FALSE.
- If all the circumstances given in the article appear in the question, but the extent, emotion and scope are different, the answer must be NOT GIVEN.
- If the article provides more possibilities to a particular situation, but only one possibility is given in the question, the answer is NOT GIVEN.
Article-:A, B, C lead to the information age.
Question-: the information age is led by A.
- If in the article subjunctive are used, but the questions change it to reality or fact( i.e would/may happen in article to happened in question), the answer is NOT GIVEN.
Article-: the downfall of Greece may be possible in the next few years.
Question-: the downfall of Greece has happened.
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