IELTS Yes No Not Given Reading Practice

An IELTS reading practice exercise for Yes/ No / Not Given questions.  This is quite an easy practice lesson to help you develop your techniques.  Here is a quick review of what the answers mean:

Yes = the statement agrees with the writer

No = the statement contradicts the witer

Not Given = the information is not found in the passage

Richard, the Lionheart

Richard, the Lionheart, King of England had spent much of his reign outside England fighting wars in the Middle East and France. To pay for these he had taxed the English heavily. Richard was considered a good King by the people. In 1199, Richard died and his brother, John became king.

John continued to fight wars in France but he kept losing battles. He needed more money so his government in England ruthlessly demanded more taxes from the nobility who were expected to pay tax if the King asked.

The Barons became very unhappy about John exploiting their loyalty and belief in his complete power. They rebelled and took over London and forced John to negotiate.

Question 1-4

Do the following statements match the information in the passage? Decide Y/N/NG for the following statements.

  1. Richard did not live in England while he was king.
  2. The people had to pay King Richard a lot of tax.
  3. John was a better king than Richard.
  4. John was not successful at war.
Answers

1. N

2. Y

3. NG

4. Y

Vocab Builder
  • reign = time in power / sovereignty
  • battle = war / conflict
  • exploit = take advantage of
  • ruthless = cruel / cold-blooded / pitiless

 

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  1. Hi Liz,

    I find the Q4 pretty confusing – would you care to explain it please? It is commonly known that battles =/ wars and you can lose many battles yet win the war (I believe it is used as a common expression, often in proverbial sense) therefore I answered NG as the text says that John continued to fight wars in France, but kept losing the battles = there is no indication therefore that he kept losing the wars, hence IMHO the answer should be NG rather than Yes. Please explain if my thinking is flawed. Many thanks, Joanna

    • NG means there is no information about wars or anything like that in the passage. Remember, you are not trying to match words. NG means there is no information related and FALSE means the information is contrary. Keep that in mind when you do TFNG. No synonym will be 100% the same that is why it is a synonym – similar meaning.

  2. Hi Liz,
    I appreciate your good work.
    It was not stated whether Richard did or did not live in England. But it was stated that much of his reign was outside of England. I think the answer should have been ”NG”.
    kindly explain why i’m wrong.
    Thanks

    • Much of his reign was spent outside of England. This means he was abroad. So, it clearly shows that he did not live in England all the time. Don’t look for synonyms – look for meaning and implication.

  3. In the passage ( John needed more money ) why don’t we answer Q.3 (NO ) as he spent more money then Richard ?

    • Q 3 = John was a better king than Richard. The answer is NG because the passage does not offer a comparison of who was better.

  4. In question 2 states “The people” while in the passage “The English” Why the correct answer is Yes ?

    • Because the term “the people” is commonly used when referring to “the people of a particular country”. In other words, it is a paraphrase of citizens.

  5. Lean arnie says:

    Hi liz!! I recently watch your videos on youtube and my of mind refer this website, my friend find very useful. Im so very thankful that you have this kind of lesson on this page. Thank you so much! God bless always!
    -arnie

  6. Dear Liz,
    What you are doing is valuable and deep and heart thanks for you.Please, it will be better if the reading exercises in PDF to be easier for us.Thanks a lot.
    Khalid

  7. Shafin Zaman says:

    Hi Liz,

    Thanx soo much for ur useful, systematic videos n lessons. Feeling happy that I got all right today…literally I need to score atleast 7 in reading, don’t know how. So I decided to practice each section from ur lesson and found that writing task is unite hard to get a standard scorE.

    Thanx n regards

    Shafin Zaman

  8. Hi,

    By comparing the first and last paragraphs, don’t you consider question 3 should be N.

    first para says that Richard was a good king and the last para says that the Barons were unhappy with Johns, that concludes the question 3 to be N instead of NG.

    Thanks

    Regards,

    Hassan Abbas

  9. drupadh kumar says:

    why did u answered 2 question as Yes whyn’t No.. please help me out with explanation. thank you in advance.

  10. Hi dear Liz,
    I Hope you can reply me before my exam ,
    your tips and replies have been of great help to me , I hope I’m not bothering you with my questions, my exam is after 3 days and I’m just concerned about a little thing :
    if the passage says for example: Many nations were influenced by the British culture
    and the (T,F,NG) questions says: British culture was influenced by other nations

    shall I say F because it is the reverse , the other nations were affected by British culture
    Or, shall I say NG because we do not know whether the British culture was influenced by others or not.

    Thanks in advance,
    Ewadh

    • You need to write down the meaning of False before you look for the answer. If it says “Many nations were influenced by the British culture” then the False statement needs to contain information: “Many nations were NOT influenced by the British culture” or “Many nations were influenced by a different culture (ie not the British).” So, in this case it gives no information about what many nations were influenced by.
      All the best
      Liz

  11. Thank you very much teacher, you are very helpful

  12. Hi
    I have gone through all of your explanations for q-1 and 3. In 1 you are concentrating on the half of the sentence. If we consider half I understand your explanation. But If I read the full sentence, which says ” Richard spent much of his time outside England fighting wars with …..” Now say he spent 80% of his time outside England fighting war and the remaining 20% in England. Since you are assuming that 20% of his time he spent in England, why don’t you assume that he spent remaining 20% of his time outside England negotiating or doing something else but not fighting? Please explain.

    For q-3, I loved your explanation for this question. You said we can’t assume anything but we have to look for the claim of writer. If that is the case why are you assuming something in q-1. In nowhere in the passage writer is claiming that Richard spent any single moment living in England. However, we can assume that he might live but not sure.
    Besides, If the q-3 is T/F/NG, by following the definition of T/F/NG can’t we say the answer is False. Please help to understand.

    The passage is easy but I think question is tricky. There is ample scope to learn from q-1 and 3. Please explain how my thinking strategy should be for these two in the light of both Y/N/NG and T/F/NG.

  13. Perfect score! An easy one. Hope I could encounter tests like this in the real IELTS exam.

  14. The best teacher I’ve ever met.

  15. Hi Liz,
    actually i didn’t understand why its ‘ NO” for the 1st answer ? because its mentioned that he spent most of his reign outside England… so I put NG.
    would you please give the clarification.

    • “much of his reign” means that about 80% was outside England. Therefore, about 20% was in England. So, the answer is “no”.
      All the best
      Liz

      • hi liz why the 2nd answer is yes I didnot understand because in reading it say” he had taxed……..”so can you explain it ..

        • “To pay for these he had taxed the English heavily.” and the question states: “The people had to pay King Richard a lot of tax?”. Both are past tense and both mean people paid a lot of tax to the king.
          Liz

  16. Lucrative says:

    Hi liz,
    Are such questions easy or after learning your constructive tips and grasp meaning of true false not given and distinction between these lead to i answer correct ?i am honestly a bit confuse but delight .

  17. Dear Liz,
    i wish to know if i can write in the exam answer sheet true false not given as T, F, NG as i have done this stubid thing and am worried to affect my results thanks in advance

  18. Hi Liz,
    I have a question for you. So in Listening exam in the first Section if we make a spelling mistake does our half band gets deducted right away or it all depends on the answers that how many total answers do we got right in the exam and then the band calculation is done?

    • If you make a spelling mistakes, that answer is marked wrong. That’s all. Your band score is calculated by the number of correct answers you have. Please see my listening page for all information.
      Liz

  19. Hi !! liz Mam,
    4 out of 4 i got,that means i can tackle this type of question,but the problem is in practice test essays are more complicated,if you don’t mind can you give me a name of newspaper or magazine that will enhance my English and i’m going to seat for IELTS in the next month.I wish i were the direct student of yours.

    Sincerely,
    Yeahia

  20. hi liz

    i did wrong 2 from out of 4 was lit bit confused with the question no 1&3 but thank you so much for your explanation above as reply to same question asked by someone .

    1-much and some key word i think so should keep in mind before giving the answer
    3-and in passage there is no comparison between the two kings at all is no’t it?

    • Yes, you got it right. These techniques are important to learn and understand. This was an easy reading passage but using the same techniques you can eventually conquer academic reading as well.
      Liz

  21. Mohammad says:

    Hi Liz,
    It’s really useful. I understand the meaning of question and answer, however I spend more time that affect my score. Can you provide me useful advice?

    Regards,

    Mohammad

  22. Hi
    If the question yeas or no
    And i write true or false
    Is it harm me

  23. Hi Liz,

    I scored it all 4/4.
    I think it was not so complicated, but i have found some in IELTS which is really confusing.

    Thanks for this section and hope u l will give more exercises.
    Sanju

  24. Md. Alamgir Hossain says:

    Hi Liz
    First time i scored 4/4 in Y/N/NG. Thanks for the post. but i am suffering in writing task 2 and this is a weird situation for me. i sat with pencil and paper but unable to write anything.

    Regards
    Alamgir

    • Hi,

      It’s really important to prepare lots of ideas and vocabulary for different topics. You should go through all my essay questions and instead of writing full essays, start planning them and thinking of ideas. Once you have built up a store of ideas, you can start adapting them to different essay questions.
      All the best
      Liz

  25. Dear Liz thank you so much you helped me a lot through your nice smiley way as well as the simple easy instructions.Please keep on and send more exercises with answers to confirm our practice .Thanks so much.

  26. Actually it seems that King jhon was better king than richard is contradicted with the information given in the text so I think it is No answer because it is clear in the text that from all activities King Richard is better than John. Hence I am confusing the not given answer. Please clearify me. Hie it is NG answer.

    • Hi,

      The key to the YNNG questions is not what we think from the information given, but if there is any information which actually claims John was a better king than Richard. Unfortunately, the writer does not claim this. The writer does not compare the kings. This is probably one of the most difficult parts of this type of question so take your time to understand it.
      All the best
      Liz

      • lakshmi:
        hi liz,I am not perfect in Listening and speaking while i practicing more i am got less points

        • It is possible you need to improve your level of English. It is good to learn and practice IELTS exam skills but you do need to have the right level of English for the score you want.
          Regards
          Liz

  27. Hi Liz, could explain class the most effictive method to read faster because this useful essay is quiet short than the real reading test 1 essay.

    Wishes!

    Gauthier

    • Hi,

      These small lessons are to help you develop skills for the question types not for speed. To develop the skill of speed you need to do practice tests. You should get the IELTS Cambridge books which contain full practice tests.
      All the best
      Liz

  28. Thanks very much.i love you teacher

  29. Thanks liz . It’s interesting

  30. Hi Liz,

    My exam date is soon that is on Feb. 28 and I am still having trouble with the T, F and NG. But this exercises of yours are a huge help. Please post more test practice.

    Keep it up!

    Thank you,
    Purple

  31. Thanks a million for useful practice~! Still I made some mistakes but better~!

  32. Thameen Ahmad says:

    Hi Liz
    Thank God all my answers were correct.
    This is because of your instructions.
    Many thanks

  33. hi Liz
    i dont understand the first question. i think question is yes because spend much of his reign outside England mean out of english can you explain

    • Hi,

      If the question statement says “Richard did not live in England..”, you must find that information in the passage. But the passage says “he spent much of his reign outside England”. This means he did live in England sometimes but a lot of time he didn’t. So, the answer much be “no” which is the opposite meaning.
      All the best
      Liz

  34. hi liz
    but in that 2nd question you didn’t mention king name . Richard or John

  35. Hello Liz,

    Can you please explain below statement.
    “To pay for these he had taxed the English heavily”

    Does it mean money or something ?

    • Hi,

      The word “these” refers to “wars” in the previous sentences. So, the meaning is that to pay for the wars he took at lot of tax from the people – this means money. The word tax, which is a noun, can also be used as a verb “to tax”. The adjective “heavy” means a lot.
      All the best
      Liz

  36. Richard did not live in England when he was a king………Richard, the lion heart , King of England had spent much of his reign outside England.
    confusion in this question……both statements have same meaning….that…king live outside England fighting wars….explain it please.

    • Hi,

      The difference between these sentences is that one of them is absolute (100%) and the other is not. There is a difference between all time and most time.
      All the best
      Liz

  37. Hi Liz
    Kindly explain why the phrase ” spent much of his reign outside” = not live
    and answer for Q1 is “No”. I answered “NG’ before I saw yours. I am confused. Is the word “SPENT” mean live or “king of England”, is the clue?
    Thank you.
    Y, N, NG are the most difficult ones for me.
    Regards
    Moon

    • Hi Moon,

      The word “reign” is the period in which someone rules in power as king or queen. In this passage, it says “he spent much of his reign” and this means he spent a lot of his time as king outside English …”
      I hope that helps you find the right answer.
      All the best
      Liz

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