This task is going to give you a number of statements in form of sentences and you have to decide if these statements are TRUE/ FALSE or NOT GIVEN in case the information of the statement is not stated in the Reading passage.
Needless to say, you always find proof in the text in order to answer the questions. You don’t use common sense, generally accepted truths, your own logic, or any of that: you just use information that you find in the Reading text.
Here’s how a T/F/NG task will look like:
Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 1?
In spaces 8 – 13 below write:
|TRUE if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this
8 Home schooling is a long-lasting procedure that requires
9 Constant parental supervision is absolutely mandatory. .……………
10 The lack of qualified educators leads to the failure of
11 Home schooling is responsible for isolated children. ……………
12 Blaming the educational system is a common practice. ……………
13 Disadvantages outweigh advantages in home schooling. ……………
- Always read the instructions carefully
- There will always be at least one answer of each: there will always be at least one TRUE answer, one FALSE, and one NOT GIVEN. If you complete the task and you haven’t got all three there at least once, something went wrong.
- Underline key-words and words that cannot be paraphrased in the statements ( 8 – 13) in order to help you search the passage easily. In the above example, the word “home-schooling” is both a key-word and a word that cannot be easily paraphrased. Other key-words could be “long lasting”, “dedication”, “parental supervision” etc.
- Extreme opinions like “absolutely mandatory” could be confusing. If you find it clearly in the text, then it is TRUE. However, if “parental supervision” is stated without being “mandatory” or “absolutely mandatory”, then it could be FALSE or NOT GIVEN.
- Words and phrases that CAN be paraphrased they will probably be paraphrased, so be careful. Do not expect to see the same words as in the text.
- The statements will follow the order of the passage: first of all, you will find in the text the answer to sentence number 8, then 9, 10 and so on so forth. Do not worry if long paragraphs intervene between two statements without any information. This is very common in IELTS. Keep reading and eventually you will find the information you need.
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