There are in total 14 types of questions in the IELTS Reading test. A lot of students find it really hard to solve the True, False or Not Given or Yes, No or Not Given questions in this section. But if one follows the right strategy, it can be the easiest.

In this blog post, we will go over strategies, important tips and a practise question in the end. You can also find a lot of practise tests on our website.

Here’s the scenario: You have a statement containing some information. You have to tell if the information given in the statement is true, false or not given as per the information in the reading passage.

What does it mean?

True: the statement information is given in the passage and is in accordance.

False: the statement and passage have different information. The passage shows that the statement information is wrong.

Not given: the statement information is not given in the passage.

What a lot of students don’t do is:

  • Recognise the paraphrased words in the passage: You must be prepared for the words in the statement to be paraphrased in the passage. This means you really need to know your vocabulary or strategy to comprehend the meaning of the complete sentence.
  • Match the meaning: Many students just try to match words but you actually need to match meaning and check the content of the information given. Sometimes the same words are used but the meaning is not the same – this is one common difficulty with choosing the right answer.
  • Look for the whole statement: ‘Not given’ means that the information about the subject in the statement is not mentioned in the passage. Maybe part of the statement is given but not the whole statement. Try to find the whole meaning in the passage.
  • Look for contradicting statements: ‘False’ means the passage contradicts the statement. Don’t forget you are not just looking for an opposite meaning, you are looking for contradicting information.

It is not advisable to read the questions before the passage. Because if you read the questions before the passage you will only get confused. All the information that you just read might not be in the passage. You will just be wasting time trying to skim or scan. Just read the passage and then read the questions.

The answers for ‘True and False’ or ‘Yes and No’ come in order. It means that the answer to the first question will come first, followed by the second, and then further followed by the third, fourth and fifth. Do not spend more than one minute on a question. Instead of pondering on one question, move on fast.

Some useful tips:

  1. Analyse the question before you start looking for an answer. Its content might not be relevant to the passage.
  2. Keep an eye for paraphrased words.
  3. You have to match meaning not match words. Some key words can be the same but it doesn’t mean the answer is true or yes.
  4. The meaning of false or no is that the statement contradicts the facts or information in the passage. This means the statement gives one meaning but the passage gives another meaning – therefore the statement is false.
  5. Not given means that the whole meaning of the statement is not in the passage. Some key words might be found but not the full meaning of the statement.
  6. You can write T instead of True on your answer sheet but make sure your handwriting is clear.
  7. The answers follow the order of information in the passage for these questions. Other types of reading questions might not have answers that come in order.
  8. Learn common challenges or problems that you have in reading. Make a list of phrases you have struggled with.

You can join one of our live online courses and learn more about such strategies.

Practise test:

Abbey Stadium Swimming pool
(Passage taken from: http://www.redditchbc.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-fitness/abbey-stadium-sports-centre/swimming.aspx)

Swimming

The Abbey Stadium has two pools, a 25m x 13m main pool at a depth of 0.9m to 2m, and a 13m x 10m learner pool more suitable for younger children with a constant depth of 0.9m. Our pool offers a range of public, private, learning and club activities.

Customer Notices

Saturday & Sunday Learner Pool band system-In order to ensure fairness to everybody, we will operate a timed/band system at peak times. This is to ensure everybody is guaranteed 1 hour in the Learner pool and, equally, to ensure the customer is not waiting around wondering when will they be allowed into the pool.

Our advice is to come in as early as possible to guarantee a time slot you would like.

You can always call prior to your visit and inform the receptionist what time you would like to swim and we can pencil you in a slot. However, please be mindful that if sessions are full, you will have to wait until the next time slot is available.

Car parking

Due to essential works on the overflow car park, this will be closed to the public from Monday 24th September to Sunday 21st October. Additional car parking has been arranged at Forge Mill Museum and Redditch Cemetery during this time and signage will be provided directing customers to these.

We would also encourage customers to car share and use public transport to limit traffic where possible while works are being carried out. Thank you for your cooperation.

Fun Sessions.

Fancy taking on the almighty challenge of beating our giant inflatable course?

Aimed at children 8 – 16 years old Double Trouble is a floating obstacle course giving daredevils a chance of competing against each other. Can children get to the other end of the inflatable without falling off? Climb, crawl, cling and hold on tight to get to the other end. Friday 6.15pm – 7.15pm Saturday 2.00pm – 3.00pm

For questions 1-6 select:

Yes if the statement is correct

No if the statement is incorrect

Not Given if the information is not given in the passage

 The learner’s pool is open for everyone for half an hour duration each day.___________

  1. In the course of the essentials work at the overflow car park, a signage for additional car parking will be provided at Forge Mill Museum and Redditch for customers’ convenience.___________
  2. The use of public transport and carpool limits the traffic during the maintenance days on the overflow car park._______________
  3. For the weak-hearted, the floating obstacle course is an apt choice as they can compete with one another._____________
  4. To reach the other end children have to jump, run or walk._______________.
  5. Free passes will be offered to the customers who will use the carshare._______________.

Answers: (1. No; 2. Yes; 3. Yes; 4. No; 5. No; 6. Not given)

I hope you found this useful.

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