True False Not Given: IELTS Reading Practice Lessons

Free practice reading for IELTS True False Not Given questions. IELTS reading TFNG questions come in both the Academic reading test and the General Training reading test. Below are 4 FREE practice lessons for IELTS TFNG questions. They are practice lessons for IELTS candidates and are aimed at helping people develop awareness and skills to successfully tackle these types of reading questions. Before you do reading practice, watch this Free Video Lesson about how to successfully tackle these questions: TFNG Tips Video

Note: If you are confused about the answers to any questions below, please check the comments boxes where I have explained in detail.

TFNG Reading: Exercise 1

Passage: The Thames Tunnel

The Thames Tunnel was a tunnel built under the River Thames in London. It was the first subaqueous tunnel ever built and many believed it was the Eighth Wonder of the World at the time it was opened. It was opened in 1843 to pedestrians only and people came from far and wide to see the marvel. The day it was first opened, it attracted fifth thousand people to enter the tunnel and walk its length of almost 400 metres. The Thames Tunnel was used by people from all classes. The working class used it for its functional use of crossing from one side of the river to another, while for the middle classes and upper classes, it was a tourist experience. In the age of sail and horse-drawn coaches, people travelled a long way to visit the tunnel, but this was not enough to make the tunnel a financial success. It had cost over £500,000 to complete which in those days was a considerable amount of money. However, even though it attracted about 2 million people each year, each person only paid a penny to use it. The aim had been for the tunnel to be used by wheeled vehicles to transport cargo so that it could bring in a profit. But this failed and the tunnel eventually became nothing more than a tourist attraction selling souvenirs. In 1865, the tunnel became part of the London Underground railway system which continues to be its use today.

Questions 1-8

Are the following statements true, false or not given according to the information in the passage?

  • True = the statement matches the information in the passage.
  • False = the statement contradicts the information in the passage.
  • Not Given = the information is not found in the passage.
  1. The Thames Tunnel was the first tunnel ever built under a river.
  2. The Thames Tunnel was the Eighth Wonder of the World.
  3. People were drawn from all over to see the Thames Tunnel.
  4. The tunnel was particularly popular with the middle and upper classes.
  5. People were able to travel by sea or land in those days.
  6. The aim of the tunnel was to turn a profit as a tourist attraction.
  7. Statues of the tunnel could be bought as souvenirs.
  8. The tunnel is no longer used as a pedestrian walkway to cross the river.


Click below to reveal the answers.

  1. TRUE
    1. “It was the first subaqueous tunnel ever built… “
    2. You might not know the word “subaqueous” but I’m sure you are familiar with “subway” which means a way under the ground. You might also recognise the word “aqua” as being connected with water. Even if you don’t know words, you can make an educated guess about the answer.  
  2. FALSE
    1. “…many believed it was the Eighth Wonder of the World at the time…… “
    2. It was something people believed at that time. It was not a fact.
  3. TRUE
    1. “…drew people from far and wide…”
    2. The word “draw” in this context means to attract.
    3. “from all over” is an expression which does not mean from every individual country in the world. It is a vague expression – from many places.
    1. The passage does not state if the tunnel was more popular with one class than the other.
  5. TRUE
    1. “In the age of sail and horse-drawn coaches….”
    2. “sail” refers to boats (sea) and “horse-drawn coaches” were the method of land travel.
  6. FALSE
    1. “The aim had been for the tunnel to be used by wheeled vehicles to transport cargo so that it could bring in a profit.”
    1. There is no information about what types of souvenirs were sold.
  8. TRUE
    1. “In 1865, the tunnel became part of the London Underground system which continues to be its use today.”

Note: This passage was created by IELTS Liz. Information for this passage was sourced from various websites:, wiki, and other sources.


TFNG Reading: Exercise 2

Passage: Pyramid Building

The most famous pyramid is the Great Pyramid of Giza which is actually only one of over a hundred surviving pyramids. There is a long-standing question about how the pyramids were built given the lack of technology over 4,000 years ago but scientists are piecing together the puzzle. The blocks which make up the pyramids were hewn from quarries and then transported to the pyramids for construction. This was an incredible feat considering the distance that the raw materials had to travel and their enormous weight. The transportation of the materials was either by river using a boat or by land using a wooden sledge. Given the softness of the ground, the wheel would have been of little use had it been invented at that time. It is believed that the sand in front of the sledge was wet with water in order to facilitate the movement of the sledge and reduce friction. These sledges were pulled manually or sometimes by using beasts of burden depending on the ease at which the sledges could move over the ground. Interestingly, two thousand years after the pyramid building era of the Ancient Egyptians, the Romans moved stones using similar techniques at Baalbek. Once the blocks arrived at the pyramid construction site, it is thought they were moved into place using a ramp and pulley system.

The Old Kingdom period in Ancient Egyptian history is also known as the pyramid building era. The Ancient Egyptians achieved the most remarkable feats of building work which have still not been surpassed, particularly given the primitive technology used to build them. There is nothing remotely mystical or magical about how the pyramids were built as is commonly thought. Further still, while popular belief is that the Great Pyramid was built using slave labour, this theory has since been debunked. The first building made in a pyramid shape is thought to be the Stepped Pyramid which consists of six steps placed on top of each other in a pyramid shape to create the world’s first superstructure. The credit to finally achieving a smooth sided pyramid goes to Imhotep, an architect commissioned by King Sneferu. The pyramids were not an instant achievement, but the achievement of trial and error.

Download: This reading exercise can be downloaded for use at home or in classrooms. Click here: Pyramids Reading TFNG. 

Questions 1-9

Decide if the statements below are True, False or Not Given according to the information in the passage.

  1. The controversy over the method used in the construction of the pyramids has been solved by scientists.
  2. It is possible that Ancient Egyptians could have lubricated paths to aid transportation by sledge.
  3. Sleds were dragged by animals not humans.
  4. The Romans learned the techniques of moving huge stones from the Ancient Egyptians.
  5. The building work of the Ancient Egyptians is unrivalled.
  6. Some people believe that magic may have been used by the Ancient Egyptians to build the pyramids.
  7. The Great Pyramid was built using slave labour.
  8. It took more than one attempt to get the construction of the pyramids right.

Note: Photo by Les Anderson


Click below to reveal the answers:

  1. FALSE
    1. “…scientists are piecing together the puzzle.” = currently – a work in progress – not finished.
  2. TRUE
    1. “It is believed that the sand in front of the sledge was wet with water in order to facilitate the movement of the sledges and reduce friction.”
  3. FALSE
    1. “These sledges were pulled manually or sometimes by using beasts of burden …” 
    2. manually = by hand (people)
    3. beast of burden = animal
  4. Not Given
    1. The passage gives no information about who the Roman’s learned from.
    2. “…using similar techniques at Baalbek”. The preposition “at” means that “Baalbek” is a place, not a person.
  5.  TRUE
    1. “The Ancient Egyptians achieved the most remarkable feats of building work which have still not been surpassed ….”
  6.  TRUE
    1.  “There is nothing remotely mystical or magical about how the pyramids were built as is commonly thought. “
    2. Meaning: “There is nothing magical – as is commonly thought.
    3. Meaning: “There is nothing magical but many people think there is.”
    4. The term “as is commonly thought” changes the whole meaning of the sentence given and converts it to the meaning above. This is high level English. If you get this question wrong, it is due to language, not technique. 
    5. If you struggle to understand this one, you might need to ask an English language teacher to give you a lesson on the use of this expression.
  7. FALSE
    1. “…while popular belief is that the Great Pyramid was built using slave labour, this theory has since been debunked.”
    2. debunked = discredited
  8. TRUE
    1. “The pyramids were not an instant achievement, but the achievement of trial and error.”

Note: This passage was created by IELTS Liz. Information for this passage was sourced from various websites:, wiki, and other sources


TFNG Reading: Exercise 3

Passage: Beethoven

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born on or near December 16, 1770, in Bonn, Germany. He is widely considered the greatest composer of all time. Sometime between the births of his two younger brothers, Beethoven’s father began teaching him music with an extraordinary rigour and brutality that affected him for the rest of his life. On a near daily basis, Beethoven was flogged, locked in the cellar and deprived of sleep for extra hours of practice. He studied the violin and clavier with his father as well as taking additional lessons from organists around town. Beethoven was a prodigiously talented musician from his earliest days and displayed flashes of the creative imagination that would eventually reach farther than any composer’s before or since.

In 1804, only weeks after Napoleon proclaimed himself Emperor, Beethoven debuted his Symphony No. 3 in Napoleon’s honor. It was his grandest and most original work to date — so unlike anything heard before that through weeks of rehearsal, the musicians could not figure out how to play it. At the same time as he was composing these great and immortal works, Beethoven was struggling to come to terms with a shocking and terrible fact, one that he tried desperately to conceal. He was going deaf. At the turn of the century, Beethoven struggled to make out the words spoken to him in conversation.

Despite his extraordinary output of beautiful music, Beethoven was frequently miserable throughout his adult life. Beethoven died on March 26, 1827, at the age of 56.

Notice: The passage above is from You can read the full article on this page: Ludwig Van Beethoven. There is also a great video to watch about this composer.

Questions 1 – 8

Are the following statements True, False or Not Given according to the information in the passage.

  1. It is not known exactly when Beethoven was born.
  2. Beethoven suffered cruelty at the hands of his father.
  3. Beethoven was denied hours of sleep as a punishment for poor performance.
  4. Beethoven’s father was also a talented musician.
  5. Beethoven’s  Symphony No. 3 was inspired by a famous man.
  6. In the early 1800’s Beethoven struggled to follow a conversation.


Click below to reveal the answers.

  1. True
  2. True
  3. False
  4. Not Given
  5. Not Given
    1. The main problem people have with this question is the word “inspire”. The word “inspire” and the words “in someone’s honor” are not at all the same. They have a completely different meaning. Check an online dictionary to find out.
  6. True


TFNG Reading Exercise 4

Passage: Spam Messaging 

SPAM, as every user of mobile phones in China is aware to their intense annoyance, is a roaring trade in China. Its delivery-men drive through residential neighbourhoods in “text-messaging cars”, with illegal but easy-to-buy gadgetry they use to hijack links between mobile-phone users and nearby communications masts. They then target the numbers they harvest, blasting them with spam text messages before driving away. Mobile-phone users usually see only the wearisome results: another sprinkling of spam messages offering deals on flats, investment advice and dodgy receipts for tax purposes.

Chinese mobile-users get more spam text messages than their counterparts anywhere else in the world. They received more than 300 billion of them in 2013, or close to one a day for each person using a mobile phone. Users in bigger markets like Beijing and Shanghai receive two a day, or more than 700 annually, accounting for perhaps one-fifth to one-third of all texts. Americans, by comparison, received an estimated 4.5 billion junk messages in 2011, or fewer than 20 per mobile-user for the year—out of a total of more than two trillion text messages sent.

(Notice: Passage from The economist, November 2014)

Questions 1-7

Decide if the following questions are true, false or not given.

  1. In China, SPAM text messaging is a successful business.
  2. People’s phone numbers are collected through the use of technology which cannot be readily bought.
  3. In no other country do people receive more Spam texts than in China.
  4. In 2013, the number of SPAM texts increased considerably to reach 300 billion.
  5. The majority of all texts received in Shanghai and Beijing are SPAM.
  6. In 2011, Americans sent more texts than anywhere else in the world.


Click below to reveal the answers.

  1. True
    1. roaring trade
  2. False
    1. the gadgetry = technology
    2. easy to buy = readily bought
    3. This is false because the passage shows it is easy to buy which contradicts the statement.
  3. True
  4. Not Given
    1. Most people get this question wrong because they don’t pay attention to meaning. The passage only gives one fixed number in time = over 300 billion. “Over 300 billion” means “more than 300 billion”, it does not indicate an increase or a decrease.
  5. False
    1. only one third are SPAM at the most
  6. Not Given
  • intense = strong / extreme
  • roaring business = successful business / booming business
  • residential = suburban
  • gadget = device
  • harvest information = collect / gather
  • sprinkling = smattering
  • counterparts = equals / colleagues
  • spam messages = junk messages
  • digits = numbers / numerals


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  1. riddhi kini says

    Hey Liz !! Hope you are in the pink of your health. I am writing to you as I had a query regarding the 4th question of the “Spam messages” paragraph. Wouldn’t “more than 300b” means “increase” in spam messages? So shouldn’t the statement be false?

    • more than = over. Those words do not reflect change. They do not relate to increasing and decreasing. There is no information given about any numbers increasing.

  2. Hi liz,

    I have given my ielts exam and i have written T,F&NG instead of true false not goven in my reading exam. Do they deduct the marks for that? Because in the question they mentioned that write true , false, not given. Please comment whether the checker consider it an incorrect answer

    • It’s fine to write the letter only.

      • Guruprasad says

        TFNG reading :Exercise number 3

        5. beethoven”s symphony no 3 was inspired by a famous man
        in the passage it clearly says , Symphony no 3 in napolean’s honor . it was his grandest and ORIGINAL work, and so it should be false isn’t it?? pl enlighten me 🙂

        • Actually it does not say “Symphony no 3 was in Napoleon’s honor”. It said “Beethoven debuted his Symphony No. 3 in Napoleon’s honor.” and this is something quite different. To “debut something in someone’s honor” has no relation to the inspiration to initially create something. You can’t ignore two words and presume it all has the same meaning. Those two words completely change the whole sentence. Always check each word in the statement given. Always check if the information in the statement is given in the passage ie does the passage show who inspired this work to be created?

  3. Hi liz,

    I have given my ielts exam and i have weittwn T,F&NG instead of true false not goven in my reading exam. Do they deduct the marks for that? Because in the question they mentioned that write true , false, not given. Please comment whether the checker consider it an incorrect answer

  4. Hi Liz, really appreciate your efforts for providing such amazing materials. For exercise 1, I think Q 4 is False as the passage said (for all people classes , however, the question said particularly for middle and luxury class which contradict with the word all , also for question 8 said (no longer used ) which is also is the opposite of being used until today , so i think it is false

    • oooh , for Q 8 I got it , but still confused about Q 4 , thanks

    • You are focusing only on specific words in the sentence instead of the full meaning. Do not focus on one word only. Question 4 is about popularity and the passage is only about usage. Question 8 is the way the tunnel is used – is it the same use today as before?

  5. Thank you so much mam. Your Lessons are really helpful.

  6. Thank you ma, this is helpful. Kudos!!

  7. Kunal wason says

    The way you talk is just incredible. This blog of yours is everybody’s favorite because you are doing this great work selflessly. Kudos to you mam

  8. Reading@IELTS says

    hi Liz ..Thank you very much for your guidance.
    For the below Passage, I had the following TFNG question. And I felt answer should be ‘False’ as work hours are flexible Please correct me if I am wrong.

    All employees must work between 9.30 am and 4 pm, except for lunch time.

    There are no prescribed hours of attendance for office managers. The main office hours comprise a 37½ hour week worked from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm on Monday to Friday, with one hour for lunch. All sections work a flexitime scheme of attendance which features core hours from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm with a lunch break of between 30 minutes and two hours’ duration, with the opportunity to work from 7.30 am to 6.00 pm daily, at which time the premises are locked. Office managers do not qualify for overtime rates for any additional hours worked, but time off may be taken for any hours required to be worked at weekends.

    • They have a flexible scheme but the CORE hours are: 9.30-4pm except for lunch.
      “All sections work a flexitime scheme of attendance which features core hours from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm with a lunch break of between 30 minutes and two hours’ duration”

  9. Hi Liz
    help me with this one doubt 🙂

    in the second passage its not clear whether the road is lubricated by Egyptians or water was already naturally present then how could this be true?

    • The words are: “in front of the sledge was wet with water…” This means someone wet the sand. The word “wet” is a verb used in the passive voice with the person doing the action not given because it is not necessary to state which person – someone did it.

  10. Folasade says

    Please can you assist explaining why the first exercise No 8 is True, i chose Not Given

  11. In reading passage 3, ques 3, “Beethoven was denied hours of sleep as punishment for poor performance.” The answer is FALSE. But according to instructions False is attributed to opposite meaning in the passage, which should be “High performance” , but it is given “for practice”. BY this logic answer should have been NOT GIVEN.
    Please clarify.

    • False means two things: – opposite meaning / incorrect information. This information is incorrect and the passage shows the correct version.

      • Oh, thank you very much! I needed the same clarification on this. I thought False is only for a contradictory statement.

        It’s great to see how you give guidance on even minute details. Extreme respect for you.

        Wish you get everything
        Stay healthy

  12. Passage 3 question 6

    The second last paragraph starts with mentioning of 1804 so the “Turn of the century ” here means that 20 th century but in the question there is early 1800’s which is not same.
    Then how is it true? Should be false? Please help Liz.

    • “Turn of the century” is an expression which depends on the content. It does not refer to only one century, but rather the century being referred to in the passage. If Beethoven was born around 1770 which century do you think they are referring to?

  13. Neeta patel says

    Mam I did your all TFNG but I find prob in exercise 4 question 6..( in last passage it is written that “American,by comparison,…)in this sentence they compared American with whom?? And why they write in comparison???
    Please mam explain. I try to find in comments but I didn’t get answer. Please explain it will help me and my actually my reading is weak so I need your explanation mam

    • The whole paragraph up to the point of mentioning Americans is about the Chinese. This means there are two nationalities which are being compared to each other.

      • Neeta patel says

        Thank you soo much mam. You are really helpful.
        And your all lessons are really helpful to me.

        • Try not to take sentences out of the paragraph. You need to understand them in context. Read the sentences before and after to understand. This applies to many answers you will find in IELTS reading.

  14. Hi Liz,
    Thank you so much for all that you’re doing for me, I am anticipating a high score.
    Please is it okay for me to use the general training past questions to read for the academic exam which I am going to write?. Most of the Ielts Cambridge practice tests books I see are for the general training and so I wondered if it will be worth anything to study them since I am going to write the academic exam.

    • All the IELTS Cambridge books which are numbered are for the Academic test as well. This means each number in the series has been released for the GT test and also for the Academic test. That means there are 14 books at present each with 4 Academic tests in. Definitely, prepare for the Academic test using Academic practice tests. The GT reading tests are easier and won’t be so helpful for you.

  15. Nuruzzaman says

    Hello Liz,
    I am urging to you for a help. I have practised your TFNG Reading Passage-2: “Pyramid Building”. I struggled with two questions ( no. 5 and 7). Could you explain me those questions for me.
    I am waiting for your kindly help.

  16. Hi liz,
    Why you are not making some new videos??? Your videos show time of upload that is 5 years ago, with the passage of time ielts format and procedures are still same??? Please reply

    • Read this page and you will learn why: . Yes, the format and procedures of the test have not changed, except for the listening example being removed from the start of the audio and IELTS being available on online or by computer – all of which is explained on this website.

  17. Hello, Liz. Thank you for helping me a lot with informative website. I have a question about Yes /No/ Not Given and True / False/ Not Given question. These questions are often given in order. Should I skim these question or scan to answer?I tried to skim , but sometimes there are no keywords, so I got confused to find it. Thank you for your time and kindness.

    • I think you are confused between skimming and scanning. Skim means to read quickly for gist and not for deeper understanding. IELTS recommend you skim the passage before you tackle the questions. You NEVER skim the questions. You don’t read questions for only a brief understanding. You analyse the questions deeply. You spend time thinking about paraphrases and keywords before you return to the passage for the answer. There will always be keywords – often they are paraphrased. Scanning means to look quickly through a passage for specific information – this is how you locate the answer. You use the keywords or paraphrases of the keywords to locate the answer.

  18. Muhammad Habib says

    Dear Liz,
    You site is very informative. you effort and way of coach is also tremendous. I have one question and hope you will reply me:

    Every year we are delighted to see more riders wearing protective helmets, but
    we would like to see every cyclist on the ride wearing one. More than half of
    reported injuries in cycling accidents are to the head, and a helmet gives the
    best protection when the head hits the ground.

    Q:Helmets are compulsory for all participants.

    My answer was NG but online its answer was mentioned F. As see, there is not conflict in statement against question. Would you please guide?

    Thanks and Best regards,

    • The key is here: “…we would like to see every cyclist on the ride wearing one”. This conflicts with the information in the question statement.

  19. Sundeep Rajagopalan says

    Hi Liz.

    Firstly i am very happy to stumble upon your blog where you have given your heart and soul for aspirants like me to get trained and score higher bands in IELTS. Secondly, more positive and power for you to overcome the lockdown the entire world is facing. I would like to have more training materials for Reading ,Writing and Listening sessions . Looking forward to take more of these tasks and will keep you posted with my feedback. Thanks

  20. Hi Liz,

    You are an awesome person. Shall pray for your quick recovery. Please take care of yourself. Your sessions are extremely helpful. Thank you for your efforts.

  21. Shouldn’t passage 2 question 5 be false instead of true?
    In the passage it uses the phrase ‘common thought’ which you said means many people believed.
    But the answer sentence says some believed.

    • “All” and “none” are opposites and contradict each other. One means 100% and the other means 0%. The words “some” and “many” refer to no specific amounts and therefore are not opposites.

  22. Sorry..
    It may be an inappropriate question but I cannot understand one question…
    I practiced reading in website witch you recommended or Blitish Council’s reading yesterday . And, I cannot really understand why I should choose C instead of D in section1, number 9.
    A question is ” in order to lose wight, we should…” and I think D is correct.
    So if you like, please tell me the point…

    • I do not fully understand your comment. Are you asking for advice on a specific question about a specific reading passage? If you wish for advice, you would need to provide the full question and the complete area of the passage where the area is located. I can’t help you unless you provide sufficient information.

  23. Hey Liz, What you do to help us is much appreciated. I would like to ask about and am a bit confused with the answer 5 of exercise 3, I believe “in someone’s honour” has similar meaning with the word “dedicate”; if so, can we not say saying that “it is inspired by …” is “False” instead of “Not Given”? Because it is dedicated and not inspired which makes the statement “False” in my opinion. I would really appreciate if you could help me understand that.

    • You are getting confused between matching the passage and matching the statement. Stick with the question statement only until you have done your analysis.
      Question Statement: “Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 was inspired by a famous man.”
      True – it was inspired by a famous man
      False – it was not inspired by a famous man (perhaps it was inspired by the sound of water, for example, or someone who isn’t famous)
      NG – we do not know where the inspiration came from.
      Now that you have prepared your understanding of True, False and NG, it is time to check the passage. What does the passage show according to the above???? Does the passage show what or who inspired Beethoven to write the music? Take a simple logical approach.
      Your mistake is one of technique. Learn the from above to avoid this mistake in the future.

      • But the question is “was inspired by a famous man”. The passage has this line “It was his grandest and most ‘ORIGINAL WORK’ to date”. So I understand that it is not inspired from someone. It is his original music.

        • You have misunderstood the word “inspire”. Every original work comes from inspiration either from a person, place, animal or thing.

  24. Hi, can you explain me in Exercise 1 The Thames Tunnel why the 2 statement is True in text there are not anything about sea or land???

    • Are you sure there is no mention of travelling by sea or land? Don’t look to match words. Matching meaning. You will find the answer – it isn’t a long passage.

  25. I am 58 years of age. Love doing the reading test. Love listening to you. The way you explain and specially the movement of your eyebrows and the way you smile when you explain a tricky question.

  26. Nowadays, I’m preparing for IELTS and find your Youtube Videos which really helpful for me during this period.
    Love it, the way you explain each questions is prodigious. Thanks a lot for teaching us effectively.All in all this website is Best.

    You are a Great Teacher in the IELTS World.

    Many Thanks Dear Liz…Stay Blessed

    • I’m really glad you like my lessons. Stay safe !!

      • Dear Liz,

        Learning through your videos itself is self-perpetuating experience, do you recommend buying the Cambridge IELTS book even after going through all of your content.

        Please advise.


        • Definitely. The IELTS Cambridge books contain real IELTS tests. You need to practise doing real tests at home. Some you can use for general practice. Others you can use to do a complete LR&W test under exam conditions at home. Do at least two before your real test under those conditions with the answers sheets, timing etc.

  27. You are a great teacher. your words are clear and precise.

  28. Get well soon liz .. And thank you very much

  29. Tarun Gupta says

    Dear Liz ,
    You are really great!!! You are the best trainer in my life . Your teaching skills are amzing . You really make our IELTS’s journey too easy . You are the best .
    Gode bless you


  30. YOU are more than an amazing lady. Lots of love and an immense feeling of gratitude. God bless you MIRACLE. You get what you give others. I am really really hoping great health is on its way to you because you don’t deserve long term problems.

  31. Supandeep says

    Hi Liz,
    hello guys. Can anyone help me? I have problems in following TFNG questions.

    question 1 The light on the sidewinder can be difficult to illuminate?

    paragraph…. if the potential to create battery power without the use of an outlet as not enough, some models such as sidewinder, even have a built-in LED light that will work after a few seconds of cranking, This feature could be helpful in the event you have lost your phone and there is no other available illumination.

    question 2 The quality of a DVD picture is nearly the same as the quality in a cinema?

    DVD picture quality is better and many DVDs have Dolby Digital Or DTS sound which is much more closer to the sound you experience in a movie theater.

    question 3 It is not necessary to get a teacher’s permission for all experiments?

    No changes from the instructions will be allowed without permission from the teacher or instructor. Never perform an activity that is not authorized or supervised by the teacher or instructor. Do not operate equipment without operating instruction or specific permission fro the teacher or instructor.

    question 4 The SAC will close at 3 pm on 23 December.
    Student print will be closing for the semester at 3 pm on December 23 and the SAC will be closed until Sunday, Jan 9.

    Question 5. You should not do any weightlifting if u have heart disease?

    you might have to modify or avoid weightlifting if u have muscles or joint problems, seizure disorder heart disease, high bp previous injuries or any other physical condition with potential for danger.
    question 6 It is a good idea to clean your hands between exercises.

    use equipment after wiping them, wash your hands after your workouts. This may reduce your chance of catching any virus.

    please help me to solve these questions.
    please author post these questions so that everyone can get a chance to solve some TFN questions.
    thanks in advance. 🙂

    • Ajwinder kaur says

      I just tried, and so my answers are
      1 F, 2 NG, 3 F, 4 F, 5 F, 6 NG
      Not sure, whether these are correct..🤷‍♀️

      • Supandeep says

        yes, @Ajwinder Kaur all are correct but 4th one is not given. because it does not mention when it will close they said SAC will be closed until Sunday 9th but when closed not mention so it is NG.
        but can you explain to me 1st,3rd, and 5th ???

        • Ajwinder kaur says

          4th one is really tough, anyway, as regards 1st question, the sidewinder has built-in LED light which starts in just a few seconds whereas the question says it is difficult to illuminate,
          For 3rd question, there are 3 lines in the paragraph, which say, nothing can be done without permission from teacher or instructor, although question says the opposite
          For 5th question, the paragraph says, for all the mentioned physical disorders, you might either have to avoid or modify…., but the question says only about avoiding not modification…

        • Ajwinder kaur says

          As against the first question, the paragraph says that the sidewinder has built-in LED light which work in just few seconds, so it’s not difficult to….
          For 3rd one, the paragraph says permission is at all necessary whereas the question says the opposite
          For 5th, the question says should not do any weightlifting, but paragraph says, either modify or avoid it….

  32. Rawia Obida says

    Can’t thank you enough Liz! these exercises are really helpful. By the way how is your health? I wish you a speedy recovery.

  33. Hi Liz,
    Hope you are doing great. I was attempting TFNG for the passage “Spam Messaging”.
    I got 5/6. For the fourth question: I thought it should be False but actually it is NG. The reason why I thought this is false because the passage says

    “They received more than 300 billion of them in 2013”

    and in the question statement, it is written “In 2013 the number of spam texts increased considerably to 300 billion.”

    So , are not the phrases “to reach 300 billion” and “more than 300 billion opposite to each other?

    Would appreciate your reply on this.


    • “more than 300 billion” means over 300 billion. This means for example 350 billion. Does it tell you whether this was an increase or decrease from the previous years? Pay close attention to the meaning rather than matching words.

      • obaid rahman says

        Actually, i thought that its true but then i read your comment in the answers and found that there were nothing mentioned about increase and decrease. It does make a lot of sense. Thank you

        • Great. I’m glad my explanation helped. Hopefully it helps you see how important it is to analyse the meaning of the question statement very carefully before looking in the passage for the answer.

  34. Michel Aoun says

    Hello Liz,

    In passage 3 the first question shouldn’t it be False?
    Since they say “exactly” and the text says “or near”

    • The question statement says “it is not known exactly”. You need to decide if the passage gives a precise date or not.

  35. Hi Liz, I have one question in true/false/not given.
    Question: Most light pollution is caused by the direction of artificial lights rather than their
    I wrote NOT GIVEN because they didn’t mention any information about intensity.
    Answer: True
    In their explanation, they mentioned ‘light pollution is largely the result of bad lighting design, which allows artificial light to shine outward and upward into the sky [=direction]….’ ( there is no mention of the intensity of artificial lights begin a problem).

    • You have not posted the full paragraph. Answers are often found in more than one sentence. References and context can be found in surrounding sentences.

      • Passage1:
        Yet it’s the only way to explain what we’ve done to the night: we engineered it to meet our needs by filling it with light. (This is the last sentence in the passage1).
        This kind of engineering is no different from damming a river. Its benefits come with consequences – called light pollution – whose effects scientists are only now beginning to study. Light pollution is largely the result of bad lighting design, which allows artificial light to shine outward and upward into the sky, where it is not wanted, instead of focusing it download, where it is. Wherever human light spills into the natural world, some aspect of life – migration, reproduction, feeding – is affected.
        For most of human history, the phrase ‘light pollution’ would have made no sense. ( This the first sentence in the passage 3 ).
        Question: Most light pollution is caused by the direction of artificial lights rather than their intensity.
        Answer: TRUE, but I wrote NOT GIVEN. Can you explain this?
        I found this question in Cambridge IELTS trainer material.

        • The answer “TRUE” is correct. The intensity is all about the fact that night is flooded with light. This is explained in the previous paragraph. But the problems with light pollution are explained in the next paragraph and focus, not on intensity, but on direction – the light shines out and up. You are looking for one sentence in the passage which contains the information given in the question. This is not the way to approach TFNG. You need to read for meaning. The meaning of all those paragraphs is to show the intensity and then show that the main problem is the direction of light. I hope this helps you with your techniques and approach. Don’t try to match words – look for meaning in the sentences surrounding the key sentence in the passage.

  36. Hi Liz
    I just your video on Reading section Tips on TruE/ False / Not Given
    It was lovely and very informative .
    Thanks a lot. Really appreciate your efforts . Speaks immensely of how good a Human being you are!

    Would like to know the answer to the homework question towards the end of the video.
    Passage: By the second half of the 17th Century, coffee had found its way to Europe.
    Question: Coffee arrived in Europe after the 17th century

  37. In exercise 2 it has been mentioned that “There is nothing magical or supernatural in the means by which they achieved their goals, as is commonly thought”
    But in question no 5 it asked “Some people believed that magic may have been used by the Ancient Egyptians” Answered True. Why it should not be False?

    • This is high level English which isn’t easy to understand. the words “as is commonly thought” presents the meaning of the whole sentence as: “it is common for people to think it is magical or supernatural, but there isn’t anything magical or supernatural in the means by which they ….” That is the translation in normal language. Only band 8 or 9 candidates are likely to get this one correct.

  38. Mubasher Ali says

    Hi madam!

    I think you are the most effective personality in the field of IELTS Preparation!

    You know how much you are saving the money of the IELTS aspirants, uncountable, like I spent around $400 for IELTS preparation in academy but couldn’t find best techniques as I found in your videos just in few days. Even, today I mark the score 95% in the TFNG. I am very happy to see my score 95% in the practice test.

    I salute to your efforts.

    • That’s great to know you are improving. Many schools and teachers are happy to take your money, but offer little effective training in return. That is the reason I made this website – for people who either don’t have the money or have already spent too much in their preparation. Keep learning and developing! Stay safe!

  39. Hello madam,
    Can you help me with this?
    Paragraph sentence:-
    Fingerprinting offers an accurate and infallible means of personal identification. The ability to identify a person from a mere fingerprint is a powerful tool in the fight against crime. It is the most commonly used forensic evidence, often outperforming other methods of identification.

    Question:- Fingerprinting is the only effective method in identifying criminals.
    I wrote true owing to the last line saying outperforming other methods. But the correct answer given is false. Can you help me with the reason?

    • It passage does not say “there are no other effective methods”. For the statement to be true, the passage much show there are NO other effective methods. There are other methods for identifying criminals, but fingerprinting is the most effective (not the only effective). You need to differentiate between “only” and “most”.

  40. hi liz
    it was a great lesson and practice. i really appreciate your work.
    thanks a lot

  41. Thanks a lot ma’am, for your philanthropy and goodwill gesture. I really appreciate your work and time given to us ( to the IELTSian :P).

  42. Muhammad Zohaib farooq says

    First of all, I have no words about you My Madam, My teacher, My honourable and Respectful BiG sister.
    Really Happy to see you. Actually i was used to see your videos on Youtube and i thought that you left the IElLS Coaching.
    But i am so so so so happy.
    I have no words for you.
    Just simple is that “MAY GOD BLESS YOU”.
    You are working for humanity 😊
    Take care.

  43. Kultar Singh says

    Hi Liz,
    Thanks for every useful information you are sharing with us.
    I doubt reading question types with the given instructions :
    — No more than three words AND/OR a number
    — No more than two words AND/OR a number

    For Example, The below paragraph contains the answers for three questions:

    Staff permits are required to park a motor vehicle (other than a motorcycle parked in the cycle bays) on campus between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, during term time. Annual permits can be purchased from the Hospitality Department. Application forms can be downloaded from the College website. All permits/tickets must be clearly displayed in the windscreen of vehicles during the dates for term time, as published in the academic calendar. Please inform the Services Administrator of any changes to registration details on telephone ext. 406. Annual car parking permits can be purchased from 20th September and are valid for one academic year from 1st October to 30th June. The annual charges for car parking are displayed on the application form.

    Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the text for each answer.

    1- Where you can buy parking permits at the college?
    My Answer: The Hospitality Department
    Correct Answer: Hospitality Department

    2- Which document shows the dates of term line?
    My Answer: The Academic Calendar
    Correct Answer: Academic Calendar

    3- What is the start date of annual parking permits?
    My Answer: From 1st October
    Correct Answer: 1st October

    Could you please help me with why my answers are incorrect though it is containing the relevant information?

    Many Thanks in advance!

    • Short answer questions do not require articles or any other prepositions. The only time to consider articles is if you are completing a sentence which must be grammatically correct on completion.

  44. Good evening Liz.Thanks for all you do.I have a clarification on exercise 4,question number 4.According to the passage,the Chinese-mobile users received more than 300 billion SPAM texts in 2013.I don’t understand why NG was chosen as the answer. I think the answer here is FALSE .Please,kindly educate me more.Thanks.

    • Did this figure increase or decrease? We know it was over 300 billion, but did it increase to reach 300 billion (which means it was previously lower) or did it decrease to reach 300 billion (which means it was previously higher)? Make sure you have fully (and I am 100%) analysed the meaning of the statement before you look at the passage information.

  45. Hi Liz ,
    Your videos and materials are very helpful .
    I have a question regarding Passage 3.
    Question 5: Beethovens symphony 4 was inspired by a Successful person
    In the passage , it says it was his original work and nothing like that was heard before .

    So shouldn’t the answer be False ??

    • The word “inspired” has no connection with the concept of it being “original”. Many people are inspired to write music by listening to water or the wind through trees or by a memory of someone they love or respect. This question really is testing your understanding of “inspired by”.

  46. M. Ahsan Aziz says

    Really helpful content. Liz’s guideline made an immediate impact on my performance in the Reading section.

  47. Thank you mam…. Almighty bless you

    • Madiha Saleem says

      Thank you Liz, I watched your Video on TFNG tips and tried few statements, got the answers right in first try. Thank you very much, all your lessons are informative and helpful.

  48. Great job. Thank you so much.

  49. Sajib Kumar Sutradhar says

    Thank you so much Liz. Its been a great help for me. I was facing problems to distinguish between ” Not given” and “False”. After watching your video I have managed to get rid off that problem. Request you to share some Listening Tips as well.

  50. hey Liz. If a statement has two points and one is correct, while the other is not mentioned in the essay, will it be false or not given?

    • False means that the information in the statement is wrong according to the passage. NG means we do not know if it is wrong or right because not enough information is given in the passage. It is all about meaning.

  51. I’m grateful to you for saving our times by investing yours.

  52. Ajay Saba Ananda Ramanuajm says

    Hey Liz, Thanks for these useful IELTS preparation stuffs. It is very much easy to understand and crack IELTS.

  53. Thanks Liz. I love the way you make Ielts closer to everyone. My English is currently not very well, and I learn it myself. Your website helps me a lot. <3

  54. Zain Ul Abdin says

    Good Job, Madam Liz.
    Keep it up.

  55. This has been really helpful. Thanks so much for the strategy and practical advice. I am able to reduce my errors considerably because of all your hard work.

  56. I am a native Arabic speaker and I struggled with Baalbek meaning :D:D:D:D

  57. jainul patel says

    you are amazing liz

  58. Hi Liz,

    I have a question about Cambridge IELTS General training 14 reading test 3 section 1. Question related to true/false/not given
    Passage excerpt:
    Dosoco recently awarded a grant to Alexia Sloane, a young composer with sight loss, to enable her to attend the sound-and-music summer-school composition course at the Purcell school.

    Question: Alexia Sloan lost her sight after attending a summer school composition course

    Based on the passage information, its nowhere mentioned about how she lost her sight. So I answered this question as not given. However, the answer is false. Could you please explain this question to me.?

    • You are trying to match words or look for specific words in the passage rather than understand the meaning. The passage shows that her sight was lost before she was given the grant for the summer course. The grant enabled a blind person to attend the course. So, you need to put in order which event happened first and how events are connected.
      I hope this helps.

      • Thank you, Liz, for the quick response and for explaining clearly. Since a person can attend summer school many times and nothing, in particular, was mentioned related to the sight loss. I thought the answer was ‘not given’. Perhaps, I was overthinking about the question rather than deriving it directly from the passage. It’s clear for me now 🙂

      • Riddhika Deoja says

        Hello Liz,
        I love your teaching skills. Maam when is the right time to give the exam. Is it good to give exams after 1 month of preparation?

        • You should take the test when your English is at a level that makes you feel confident and when you are really familiar with every aspect of the IELTS test. Take practice tests at home for listening and reading to check your scores. Or find an online teacher to assess your speaking or writing. Each person is different and they take a different amount of time to prepare.

  59. HI Liz,

    Just wanna say this is really good material. I just completed Part 2 and its really good. It enlightened me on how cocky the questions can get. Thanks for this :*

  60. Thank you very much LiZ . can you give some reading lesson

  61. You are really an awesome and amazing teacher with so much patience. I will be doing my reading, listening and writing test tomorrow. I pray with so much practice of your lessons, will help me a lot as it did on my speaking test. Thanks once more

    • There is a free practice test on the BC website – make sure you do at least one before your test. Good luck!! Glad your speaking test went well 🙂

  62. Thnxx a lot mam 😍😍

  63. Thanks so much Liz, I really appreciate. Please I need more of this to practice.

  64. Hi Liz,

    Your tutorial videos are easy to understand. Hats off to you for the good job.

    Your presentation method is what other tutors miss to convey. Just subscribed to your videos. I am biggest fan of your IELTS works.

    • Dear Elizabeth,
      I had tried out so many other websites, even had to create a new IG page just so that I could subscribe to IELTS lessons from other tutors yet I couldn’t seem to grab most of their points and felt really dumb till a friend sent me your link.

      I must confess, your tutorial tips are precise, your vidoes, simple, examples quite relatable and understandable and pratice questions concise.

      I truly appreciate your effortless service and dedication to this. Lots of love!

  65. Thank you so so much Liz you are a blessing to these generation . I now have a clear understanding by your teaching.

  66. G Dsouza says

    Thank You Ms. Liz for putting these up inputs, you are doing a great job in the field of Education. God Bless you abundantly. Please keep up the good work.

    Respect from India.

  67. Shantveer says

    Hi Liz,

    I appreciate the time and efforts you put in your website to help students.

    Thanks a lot.

  68. Hello Liz! I just finished my exam and I think I messed up because in one part of the reading section, I didn’t follow the instructions. It said there to write the letter but I have written the full word. Will it be marked wrong? I feel so sad. By the way your site is extremely useful and thank you so much for your big help. Still waiting fo the result of my exam. God bless you!

    • Unfortunately, if the answer is a letter and wrote a word, it will be marked wrong. It’s really important to follow instructions. Anyway, wait for your results – hopefully you will still get the result you need – finger crossed!!

  69. Hi Ms. Liz! thanks for the free lessons! I always struggle with T/F/NG or Y/N/NG in the reading section so I was told to do lots of practice in answering these questions and I happened to visit your website. I find it very useful.

    I have some clarifications about one of your questions here. Like about Beethoven’s passage. in the question you provided, it says ” Beethoven’s Sypmphony No.3 was inspired by a famous man.” and the passage corresponding to it says ” Beethoven debuted his Symphony No. 3 in Napeleon’s honor.” The answer was NOT GIVEN but I answered it as TRUE. I thought it that way because he made it out of being inspired or he admires him, and “doing something out of someone else’s honor” also means “showing great respect and admiration to that person you whom you have devoted your work” (i looked it up in merriam webster’s dictionary so it’s a synonym which is indeed exactly the same in meaning). Please let me know if it is still not the case or am I wrong to think it that way.

    Thanks and More power to You!

    • Your definition is correct:
      “doing something out of someone else’s honor” also means “showing great respect and admiration to that person you whom you have devoted your work”
      However, that has nothing to do with the original inspiration of the music. It means who he dedicated the final work to – not who or what created or triggered the initial feeling for the music. The inspiration could have come from listening to water or listening to trees – the inspiration is not given.
      Please note that synonyms do NOT necessarily have 100% the same meaning. Also context is essential. You must NOT remove words from the context of the passage to compare them. The words are part of the context and you understand them through the context of the passage – this is what IELTS reading is all about. Otherwise, IELTS would have given you only lists of words to compare rather than interpretation of a passage. Do you see what I mean?

    • This is really helpful 🙂

  70. Thank you Liz for all your efforts and tutorials. Can you please help me with the answer of this question?
    (True/False/Not Given)
    PARAGRAPH – Set up a direct debit and your energy bill will be paid automatically each month( as long as you have sufficient funds in your chosen bank account).You qualify for a further 2% PromptPay discount if you choose this method.

    QUESTION – If you do not have enough money in your bank account when the direct debit is due,a penalty of 2% is added to your bill.

    Thanks in advance.

    • You need to decide if the passage gives information about a penalty of 2% if there isn’t money in your account to pay the bill. True = you get the 2% penalty, FALSE = you do not get a 2% penalty, NG = it does give information about a 2% penalty for not having enough money in your account.

  71. By the second half of 17th century, coffee had found its way to Europe
    Coffee arrived in Europe after 17th century.
    I think the answer is false, isn’t it?

  72. Narendra Gadiparti says

    Hi Liz,

    You have great patience in providing useful tips and techniques (Patience for replying too..:))
    I see your video tutorials were insightful.
    Your classes are the best for proper IELTS preparation.

  73. Batgerel Ch says

    For me, your IELTS practice tests, tips and lessons are understandable rather than others,
    Thank you for doing this,


    I will share this to others as i can for you.

  74. But the passage does say they received more than 300 billion in 2013 which does appear to me as contradictory to the statement that says it increased to reach 300 billion. So, to reach is not the same thing as more, from my understanding.

    Can you please throw more light? Thanks

    • “increased to reach” indicates that previous years were less. Does the passage show increase or decrease? increase = true / decrease = false and no information about increasing or decreasing = NG. Always check the full meaning.

  75. I’m sure you can guess the answer by checking the following words “Set individual fee “.

  76. Phillips says

    Liz, thanks so much for creating this platform. I have been following up and i really love what you are doing for free. God in heaven will reword you.
    Please can you help provide answer to this question??? i feel its true tho. i just want to be sure i’m not getting anythings wrong…

  77. Liz Fan --@ says

    Sure Liz. You are truly awesome. 🙂
    It’s always easy to use Ctrl+F. I think students should be more diligent if they are really into learning and searching in the comments should be slightest of the effort.

  78. viddhi kanal says

    Hi Liz,
    Hope you are doing well!
    I am confused with the question that Symphony No 3 was inspired by a famous man. I wrote the answer as True whereas it is actually Not Given.
    The passage says that BEethoven debuted his symphony in Napoleon’s honour. Doesn’t that mean it was inspired by Napoleon ?
    Please let me know why the answer to this is Not Given.

    Also, The question which says Romans learnt the technique from Ancient Egyptians. I thought it was true since the passage says that they used the same techniques as the Egyptians. Does that not coincide with the meaning that they learnt the techniques from them ?

    Thanks in advance.

    • You need to find the difference between “doing something in someone’s honour” and “being inspired by someone”. Find the difference and you will get the answer. This is testing your understanding of those specific words.
      If the question is about “learning” – does the passage explain about the origin of their knowledge?
      You need to think more deeply about the meaning.

  79. hi Liz,
    thanks for your hard work.
    I am stuck on some question if you can help me, please
    Passage: if you are allocated a course and want to withdraw, you need to do so at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement date in order to avoid a fine. Depending upon the cost, of course, a late withdraw fine ranging from 10% to up to the half of the fees may be charged.

    Q. Withdrawing from a course one week before it starts may cost 50% of the course fees.

    As they did not mention about one week it must be not given but the real answer is True. how?

    • Because any date less than two weeks gives a possible 50% fine. “a late withdrawal” means less than two weeks notice. I think you are confusing IELTS reading aims. Your aim is not to match word for word. Your aim is to understand the meaning and is if the meaning is found in the passage. The meaning in the passage is clear – less than two weeks notice is a fine ranging from 10% -50%. It is not necessary to mention, 1 day before, 2 days before, 3 days before, 4 days before, 5 days before, 6 days before, 1 week before, 8 days before etc etc – it says “a late withdrawal” which is considered anything less than 2 weeks. So, aim for meaning, not matching words.
      Does this help???

  80. Thanks Liz, you are really making it easier to understand this particular Reading Question type, I hope the real exam is as simple as you make it seem.
    Thank you again.

    • MY lessons are to help you understand techniques, practice techniques, build awareness and build confidence. But you still need to be real tests at home. This means you need to do full tests at home both as practise and as mock exams (under exam conditions). Get the IELTS Cambridge test books for real tests.

  81. Liz, What you are doing here is awesome. You are an amazing teacher with lots of patience. Thank you for guiding.

  82. Saranya Ayyappan says

    Hi Liz,

    The tips and your materials are really helpful for me. I have a doubt in the first TFNG Exercise 1,
    Passage Says: People CAME from far and wide to see the first tunnel under a river.
    Question: People were DRAWN from all over to see the Thames tunnel.
    Answer Given: TRUE

    In this case, as per my understanding, people visited the tunnel by their own interest(passage) but the question was people were PULLED from all over the world to see the tunnel then the answer should be FALSE right.

    Kindly clarify.

    • You need to be careful with synonyms. No one word is 100% the same as another. Certainly drawn has a meaning of “pull”. But it also has other meanings. One of those meanings is “attracted”. They came from all over to see something and they were attracted from all over to see something. In English, this is the same meaning. It certainly does not have an opposite meaning. And we can’t say that there is no information at all about this. It is definitely true.
      Avoid trying to match words. Paraphrasing will never be 100% the same – but the gist will be the same.

      • hmmm clear enough. thanks

      • Hi Liz,

        The passage mentions “people came from FAR and WIDE to see the first tunnel….” and the statement says “drawn from ALL over….”. “Far and wide” can be considered as a subset of “all”.
        I find it similar to the first example from the video “IELTS Reading tips: True False Not Given”, Time – 8:00, where “majority” didn’t represent “all” and the answer was marked False.

        Kindly request you to clarify.

        • You need to understand the meaning of “all over” in English. It does not mean from every single country in existence on this planet. It means from many countries around the world. This means it is a phrase, not to be taken literally.

          • here, drawn means forcing but in the passage mentioned as “people came” doesnt mean forcing so how come we can say it matches with the passage?

            • In this passage, “drawn” means they were attracted and therefore they came. It doesn’t mean “forced” at all.

  83. Muhammad Fahad says

    Hi Liz
    I have found your blog very helpful, I have a confusion in second paragraph (Pyramid) Q no 7. The statement in paragraph says “Later the Romans would move huge stones, Some weighing near 1000 tons, Using similar techniques”.
    Doesn’t this statement show that Romans have learned from ancient Egyptians.

  84. Danyal Munawar says

    Dear Mam,

    In Pyarid paragraph, Q no 1 states The wheel was invented during the pyramid age, even thought it was not used. ( NG), HOW?

    BUT IN PARAGRAPH, The egyptians did not use the wheel during the pyramid age.

    Qno 5 states that some people believed that magic may have been used by the ancient egyptians. (F) but the answer was given T how?

    But in paragraph
    their is nothing magical or supernatural in the means by which they achieved their goals as, is commonly thought. kindly explain it.

    • Question 1 – is about inventing and the passage is about using
      Question 5 – “as is commonly thought” means that some people did believe it is magic.
      You need to look more closely at the language used and have a deeper understanding of English “as is commonly thought”. If you didn’t understand the implication of that phrase in the sentence, you couldn’t get the right answer. This really is testing your understanding of English.

      • You are a true influential person indeed

      • Subrata Dash Shuvo says

        Dear Mam,
        Q1: In passage, it is said,”The Egyptians did not use the wheel during the Pyramid Age, an invention that would have been of limited use on softer ground under heavy loads”. Doesn’t it mean that the wheel was invented before the Pyramid Age?

        • It does not mean the wheel was invented before. We do not know when it was invented. It could have been invented in the early Pyramid Age, but wasn’t ever used.

    • the keyword for q5 is “IS COMMONLY THOUGHT”

  85. Thank you Liz for the Confidence booster, I have a worry for Exercise 1 question 2,
    People were able to travel by sea OR land in those days. I think it’s false cos the means of transport was not indicated in the text.
    Text said people come from Far and wide to see the first tunnel under a river. Any help will be appreciated

    • “In the age of sail and horse-drawn coaches, people came long distances…”

      • Hi Liz,

        I got a question from IELTS OG.
        In the passage it says: “Some of the most notable knighthoods of recent times have been bestowed on musicians or entertainers such as Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney, and fields of finance, industry and education are also represented. ” And in the question it says ” Most knights now come from the arts and entertainment industries”
        I thought it was False but the answer is NG. I’m a bit confused about this. Would you mind explaining this to me?

        Thank you so much!

        • The passage is about “some of the most notable” – which means some of the most well known – that is about notoriety. It does not indicate quantity. you have confused the word “most” with “most notable” – they are too very different things. The passage does not indicate anything about how many were given to musicians or entertainers – it only writes about the ones that were best remembered.

  86. Hi Liz, thank you for all the efforts you put in. I think the answer is NG, that the password was given(given password) did not necessarily mean that all employees were given same password.
    please i need further clarification on this, thanks a lot

    • “your given password” indicates that each person is given a different password. If it was the same, it would be “the given password” without the pronoun. If you think not everyone was given the same password, it means the statement is incorrect which means FALSE. A NG answer means we do not know if they are given their own password or not because the passage does not provide information about it.

  87. Hi Liz,

    Reading from cambridge IELTS GT 11 book test 1

    If you know or think that your child is having difficulties attending school you should contact the school. it is better to do this sooner rather than later.

    Staff who think a child is having difficulties at school will contact parents.

    I have answered this as FALSE as the sentence contradicts the information. but the answer is NOT GIVEN.

    Could you please help me?

    • The passage does not say what staff will do. Think more about the question before you look for your answer. Also the question is about “children having difficulties at school” – this means they are struggle with lessons or have problems with other children. But the passage has NO information about children having difficulties at school. The passage is only about problem attending school which means that the child might be absent and not attend.

      This means you confused the subject of the question “staff” of which there is no information in the passage and you confuse the issue “difficulties at school” which is also not given in the passage. Spend more time analysing the question – the key is the meaning and implication of the question.

  88. JahirAsif says

    Thank you. Liz, you are really smart in handling IELTS lesson.

  89. ha ha ha
    You are so good a teacher, IELTS aspirant can easily be benefited. Thank you, Mis.


    Hi Liz, I refer to TFNG 3, Question 6. In the passage, the phrase “at the turn of the century” suggests that Beethoven’s struggle to follow a conversation was not until the 1900’s. This is my outlook , meanwhile I would like that you correct my perception if I am wrong.

    • So you believe he was born in about 1770 and didn’t turn deaf until about 1900. He turned deaf at the age of about 130? At this point, you need to use logical to determine which century the words “turn of the century” are applying to 🙂

      • Wow. Now that should be included in your techniques for TFNG. I have the exact same question. Now that makes sense. Glad I was patient to scroll further down😅

  91. Sandeep Sandhu says

    Hi Liz,

    I was going through the “TFNG Exercise 3” and to me the answer for question 3 looks to be “Not Given” because he had to face the brutality for “Extra Practice” but not for his “Performance”. And as the statement doesn’t match so I feel it should be “Not Given”. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    • False means that the passage shows the statement is wrong. Is it wrong? Is it correct? Or do we not know if it is wrong or right? I think we can see, that the statement, as you said, is incorrect – this means it is false. It is a false statement and the passage shows it is false.

      • Hi Liz,

        But in the question, it said for poor performance. It seems that this was a reason, whereas in the passage, it said extra hours of practice, that is what he was forced to do, not a reason. I feel that the writer didn’t give us a reason for why he was deprived of sleep. So my answer is NG. Please correct me if I am wrong.

  92. Night Furry says

    thank you liz for giving us very usefull website before.
    i feel little bit confusing about the word “All” in the TFNG, i found in Ielts cambridge 12 there is a sentence: “In Asia, there is a large degree of coconut diversity and evidence of millennia of human use- but there are no relatives growing in the wild”.
    then, there is a statement: ” all the coconuts found in Asia are cultivated varieties.” the answer is T, can you explain me why it’s not false? because i think in the passage the word ” a large degree of coconut diversity” has different meaning with the word “All” in the passage. thankyou

    • You are looking at the wrong part of the sentence “there are no relatives growing in the wild”. This means zero coconuts grow in the wild. What does that mean? It means ALL coconuts are cultivated. This is testing your understanding of “grow in the wild” and the word “cultivated”.

  93. Mansi thapa says

    Hi Liz.
    I’m glad that I found you. Earlier I was going through many other websites and YouTube videos which later I found to be not useful. Now it’s been more than 15 days I’m following your website and videos. I’m preparing for general IELTS,and m a housewife also mother of 1 yr baby. So it’s truly helpful for me to learn from home through your website.

    Lots of love and blessings from India.

  94. Isn’t question 5 in exercise 3 True? He debuted his symphony in Napolean’s honour…doesn’t that mean it was inspired by him?

    • Look in the dictionary at the word “to be inspired by someone or something” and to “do something in someone’s honour”. When you are stuck in this way, it is due to your understanding of English – so – look in a dictionary.

    • paa clems says

      Even if you’re confused with the meaning of “inspired by” and “in honor of”, the statement in question 5 says the album was inspired by a famous man, which may not necessarily be Napoleon. No such information is given in the passage.

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    • Thanks for your message. I think you made a good point. People seem to think there is one page of tips that will change their score and give them good results. This isn’t possible. It is only through deeper understanding and more practice that a person can develop and improve. It takes time and it takes some dedication. I’m glad you continued looking on my site 🙂

  96. Nwachukwu chigozirim says

    there’s nothing magical as people believe (it means people often believed it was magical, you need to read the sentence to the end)


    Hie Liz.i am having problems in giving the answer as Not Given in the sense that the statement which would have been given seem to be false.pliz elaborate for me how i am to deliberate whether its NG or F

    • FALSE means that the statement given is either opposite to the passage or that the passage shows it is wrong in one area.
      NG means we do not know if it is opposite or incorrect because no information is given to contradict it.

  98. Hello Liz,Real IELTS passages are longer, any techniques on handling those longer passages with few question’s

    • Know which types of questions have answers that come in order. This will save you a lot of time as there is a logical progression of answers rather than jumping back and forth in the passage. Build speed reading skills. Focus on keywords – this is essential. Keywords are only useful if you combine that with paraphrasing. Many keywords will be paraphrased. You need a deep knowledge of paraphrases and the ability to spot words in a long passage. You can also learn which words are unlikely to be paraphrased – that makes finding the location of the answer quicker.

  99. Najia Noori says

    Hi Liz
    Thank you so much for the very useful guidance. Here I found a confusing Q&A
    about the Pyramid Building. It is Question number 7 that says: The Romans learned the techniques of moving huge stones from the Ancient Egyptians. I chose the answer True for that because it says: More than 2000 years later, The Romans would move huge stones using similar techniques at Baalbek. It may be because of the word learned which have not used in the passage the answer is NG, however, somehow it was similar using method of moving stone. so it does not give the signal of, learning from Ancient Egyptians by Romans?

    • Does the passage state where the Roman’s learned their technique? True = they learned from the Ancient Egyptians. False = they learned from someone else. NG = we do not know who they learned from because the passage does not say.

  100. Liz, why do you think that is the wrong word to focus on? I mean, forgive me but, it’s part of the sentence isn’t it?

    • My comment means the person asking has ignored a vital word or words in the question. When I say they focus on the wrong word, it means they are looking in only one direction instead of looking at other words. Don’t ignore one thing for another.

      • Hello Liz,
        I had the exact same query. Lucky to have found this. I too feel that when you state “…increased considerably to reach …”, it establishes a fundamental point of distinction. As in, one would never say its x has reached 300 from 400. You’d likely say it fell to 300 from 400. Hence, whether there is increase before it or not, one thing is sure that whatever the number was before it reached 300, it was less than 300. Whereas in the passage it clearly says ‘over’ 300. Wouldn’t you agree that’s a clear contradiction?
        I do understand your point about there being no mention of increase or decrease. But chronologically, the increase or decrease is rendered irrelevant once you realise the movement was still less than 300 before it ‘reached’ 300.

        • The statement relates to an increase. The passage gives NO information at all if the figure increased of decreased. The passage states “They received more than 300 billion of them in 2013”. This means the passage gives a fixed number in one given year. We do not know if this figure was higher or lower in the previous year. No information is given to show any change at all in the passage.
          Your task is to find the information in the passage and in this case we cannot find any such information in the passage to prove or disprove the statement.

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