IELTS Reading Test – TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN

Here is a reading task I was doing today with a student. It comes from Cambridge IELTS 8. This series of books is the only source of real IELTS exams available and therefore make a great resource in preparing for the exam.

TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN tasks require that you say whether a statement is:

TRUE = agrees with the text
FALSE = contradicts the text
NOT GIVEN = there is no information about the statement in text

The problem is that if you simply search for keywords you will get these wrong because you will definitely find the keywords but you have to read the passage AND the statement carefully to see if it AGREES or DISAGREES with the passage OR the passage DOES NOT actually give the information that is in the statement.

Here is a simple example. The text is about the creation of the FAA (the Federal Aviation Administration) in the USA. This organization takes care of air safety although you don’t really have to know anything about this before you read the article.

Here is the very first line of the text:

“An accident that occurred in the skies over the Grand Canyon in 1956 resulted in the establishment of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).”

Although this is only one line from the text, it is the only line we need to be able to answer the following three questions.

Say which of these statement are TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN:

1. The FAA was created as a result of the introduction of the jet engine.

2. The FAA was formed because of an aircraft accident over the Grand Canyon.

3. The FAA was founded after the crash of a DC3 plane.

Have a go at this, it is not too hard but look carefully at the parallel language that is used.

 

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ANSWERS TO READING TASK

1. The FAA was created as a result of the introduction of the jet engine.

This statement is FALSE because the introduction of a jet engine, although it did occur at about this time, was not responsible for the creation of the FAA. How do we know? Because the text said it was a plane accident over the Grand Canyon (the text describes … an accident that occurred in the skies over…”) that resulted in the creation of the FAA so this statement directly contradicts what is in the text: therefore it is FALSE

2. The FAA was formed because of a aircraft accident over the Grand Canyon.

This statement is TRUE because it directly agrees with what is stated in the text. The words in the text “an accident in the skies over..” indicate that this was a plane crash.

3. The FAA was founded after the crash of a DC3 plane.

This statement is NOT GIVEN. We know that the FAA was created as the result of a plane crash but we do not know what kind of plane it was, it could have been a DC3, there were certainly DC3s still flying at this time but we are not told what kind of plane it was: therefore the statement is NOT GIVEN

One thought on “IELTS Reading Test – TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN

  1. sir, this is very helpful to me. i m weak in find headings, true false and fill in the blanks can post the all information about all aspects plzzzzzzzzzz

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