How to Answer IELTS True / False / Not Given Questions

In the IELTS reading component, there are 14 different question types that students are confronted with when sitting the academic and general exams. A question that is often raised in IELTS preparation circles is how to answer the True and False questions? The general issue with most students is the fact that there is also a Not Given option with this type of task. Thus, making the approach to answering even more challenging and time-consuming, and as we all know, time is not on your side with the IELTS!

Firstly, you will be presented with a list of statements.

You then have to look at the text in order to decide if the facts are True, False, or Not Given.


  • If the statement you are given is clearly in the reading and it says the same thing, it is True
  • If in the reading passage it says the opposite to the statement you’ve been given it is False
  • If it is not true or false, it is Not Given

Click here to check out our instructional video that walks you through, step by step, the quickest and most effective way to answer this question type. 

While the above might seem simple enough, at times students find themselves searching for information that isn’t there. A particular problem for IELTS takers is spotting the difference between something that is ‘False‘ and ‘Not Given‘.

Firstly see if the statement agrees with what is in the reading passage. If it does it is true. If not, it is obviously false or not given.

The important point is that if you can say 100% from what you are given in the text that the statement you have been given is not true, then it is False.

If the evidence is not there to say that it is false or true, that means that it could be true or false but you don’t know; you cannot know from the information you have been given so the answer is Not Given.

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