Yes No Not Given IELTS Reading Practice

You must decide if the statements given below are Yes No or Not Given which means they agree with the writers opinion, they don’t agree with the writers opinion or they are not given in the passage. The key is to spend time reading the questions, paraphrasing words in the statements and thinking about the content of each statement.

The questions are given after the passage. However, because this is a long passage, I have also put a link to the questions (Q’s) at various points so you can have easy access to the questions while you read. Download free PDF file for the passage below: IELTS Reading Practice The Pyramids

How the Pyramids were Built

y n ng

The pyramid blocks were hewn from quarries using stone and copper tools. There are examples of each stage of block extraction at existing ancient quarries. Granite was quarried using pounding stones of dolerite, some of which have been found laying about the quarries. The blocks were transported to the pyramid site from remote quarries using barges, and from local quarries using wooden sleds. The Egyptians did not use the wheel during the Pyramid Age, an invention that would have been of limited used on softer ground under heavy loads. The sleds were dragged manually, sometimes with the help of beasts of burden, over smoothed roads. Some of the existing pathways were equipped with transverse wooden beams to lend support to the sled. A lubricant may have been poured upon the road to reduce friction. Qs

  1. The wheel, although not invented at that time, would have aided the pyramid builders.
  2. It is possible that Ancient Egyptians could have lubricated their roads to aid transportation.
  3. The building of roads dates back to the pre-dynastic period of Ancient Egypt.
  4. The method of construction used for pyramid building has still not been confirmed completely.
  5. Ramps made from earth are believed to have been used at the outset of building.
  6. Egyptologists agree that ramps were built straight similar to a staircase.
  7. The building work of the Ancient Egyptians is unrivaled.
  8. The knowledge of large pyramid building died out by the fourth dynasty.
  9. Some reliefs show how the pyramids were constructed.
  10. The Ancient Egyptians had various theories to use for the construction of the pyramids.
  11. There is an open debate as to whether the pyramids were built by the Ancient Egyptians.

How the massive blocks were raised to the height of the rising pyramid is not understood for certain. Earthen ramps were used at least in the initial stages of construction. Extant ramps have been found at the pyramids of Amenemhat I and Senwosret I at Lisht, as well as at several other sites. Traces of disassembled ramps at pyramid sites are even more common. The ramps were made of brick or earth and rubble dressed with brick for strength. They were built up as the pyramid progressed upward, and removed as the pyramid was finished downward.

The ramps likely took the form of an inclined plane at the beginning of work, but the configuration in later stages has long been a matter of conjecture. Some Egyptologists propose a straight, gently sloping, linear ramp, some propose a steep staircase ramp, and others propose a ramp that spiraled up the four sides of the pyramid. In most ramp scenarios, the volume of the ramp exceeds the volume of the pyramid structure itself, raising the possibility that the stones of the upper reaches were placed using levers, or perhaps a modified ramp of some sort. Qs

  1. The wheel, although not invented at that time, would have aided the pyramid builders.
  2. It is possible that Ancient Egyptians could have lubricated their roads to aid transportation.
  3. The building of roads dates back to the pre-dynastic period of Ancient Egypt.
  4. The method of construction used for pyramid building has still not been confirmed completely.
  5. Ramps made from earth are believed to have been used at the outset of building.
  6. Egyptologists agree that ramps were built straight similar to a staircase.
  7. The building work of the Ancient Egyptians is unrivaled.
  8. The knowledge of large pyramid building died out by the fourth dynasty.
  9. Some reliefs show how the pyramids were constructed.
  10. The Ancient Egyptians had various theories to use for the construction of the pyramids.
  11. There is an open debate as to whether the pyramids were built by the Ancient Egyptians.

But whatever the configuration of the ramps, the fact remains that the Egyptians successfully completed the most massive building projects in all of history. There is nothing magical or supernatural in the means by which they achieved their goals. By all indications, they retained their knowledge of construction throughout their history, but they were limited after the Fourth Dynasty not by the lack of technology but rather by the lack of the abundant resources that were previously available. More than two thousand years later, the Romans would move huge stones, some weighing nearly 1,000 tons, using similar techniques at Baalbek. Qs

  1. The wheel, although not invented at that time, would have aided the pyramid builders.
  2. It is possible that Ancient Egyptians could have lubricated their roads to aid transportation.
  3. The building of roads dates back to the pre-dynastic period of Ancient Egypt.
  4. The method of construction used for pyramid building has still not been confirmed completely.
  5. Ramps made from earth are believed to have been used at the outset of building.
  6. Egyptologists agree that ramps were built straight similar to a staircase.
  7. The building work of the Ancient Egyptians is unrivaled.
  8. The knowledge of large pyramid building died out by the fourth dynasty.
  9. Some reliefs show how the pyramids were constructed.
  10. The Ancient Egyptians had various theories to use for the construction of the pyramids.
  11. There is an open debate as to whether the pyramids were built by the Ancient Egyptians.

More impressive than the mechanics of moving huge masses of building material are the logistics involved: choreographing teams of foremen, multitudes of workers, and a profusion of supplies, all within the rigid constraints of a blueprint for design and a timetable for completion. It is hard to imagine that such a feat could be possible, but the pyramids themselves provide mute testimony that it was not only possible but actually accomplished. There remains no known written record hinting at how the pyramids were built, nor have any reliefs depicting the procedure been found. Most of what Egyptologists believe to be true of the methods involved is based on tangible archaeological evidence. Some is based on theory and is open for debate. What is known for certain is that the Egyptians used simple but effective tools to quarry the stones, to move them to the pyramid site, and to place them in the desired location.

Questions 1-11

Decide if the statements below are Yes No or Not Given

  • Yes – the statement agrees with the claims of the writer
  • No – the statement contradicts the claims of the writer
  • Not Given – it is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this
  1. The wheel, although not invented at that time, would have aided the pyramid builders.
  2. It is possible that Ancient Egyptians could have lubricated their roads to aid transportation.
  3. The building of roads dates back to the pre-dynastic period of Ancient Egypt.
  4. The method of construction used for pyramid building has still not been confirmed completely.
  5. Ramps made from earth are believed to have been used at the outset of building.
  6. Egyptologists agree that ramps were built straight similar to a staircase.
  7. The building work of the Ancient Egyptians is unrivaled.
  8. The knowledge of large pyramid building died out by the fourth dynasty.
  9. Some reliefs show how the pyramids were constructed.
  10. The Ancient Egyptians had various theories to use for the construction of the pyramids.
  11. There is an open debate as to whether the pyramids were built by the Ancient Egyptians.
Answers
  1. No (an invention that would have been of limited used on softer ground under heavy loads)
  2. Yes (A lubricant may have been poured upon the road to reduce friction)
  3. Not Given
  4. Yes (How the massive blocks were raised to the height of the rising pyramid is not understood for certain)
  5. Yes (Earthen ramps were used at least in the initial stages of construction)
  6. No (Some Egyptologists propose a straight, gently sloping, linear ramp, some propose a steep staircase ramp, and others propose a ramp that spiraled up the four sides of the pyramid.)
  7. Yes (the fact remains that the Egyptians successfully completed the most massive building projects in all of history.)
  8. N0 (they retained their knowledge of construction throughout their history)
  9. N0 (There remains no known written record hinting at how the pyramids were built, nor have any reliefs depicting the procedure been found.)
  10. Not Given (no information is provided about the theories of the Ancient Egyptians. The only theories mentioned are those of the Egyptologists).
  11. No (this passage gives no information at all that there is doubt about who built the pyramids. It is clearly shown that they were built by the Ancient Egyptians. The only doubt is about how they were built).

passage from here

Vocabulary

Here is a list of useful vocabulary and below that is an audio so you can listen to the pronunciation of the words.

  • hewn = cut / chopped
  • granite = a type of stone
  • to be of limited use = not very useful
  • dragged = pulled
  • manually = by hand
  • friction = resistance
  • ramp = slope / inclines
  • configuration = formation
  • conjecture = guesswork / estimation / surmise
  • retained = kept
  • abundant = plentiful / rich / ample

 

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Comments

  1. HATEM TEIMA says:

    Hi Liz
    Thanks so much , really great effort, I have a problems in listening test in specific type of question which is maps description , i can not follow , what i have to do with this ???
    HATEM TEIMA

  2. safa akın says:

    hi liz i can not obtain stability in the exams– i mean,whilst one exam is perfect another is not good at all- is it normal ?

  3. Meher Zadi says:

    Is it ok, if it takes me 4 minutes and 36sec to skim read this passage? do i need to speed up by reading habit or it’s fine ??

    • Skim reading should take about 2 minutes for the passage. You are not trying to understand everything, you are just familiarising yourself with the general theme and layout of the passage – nothing more.

  4. Mam,how to get full three passages for practice.

  5. I would like to thank you for giving such important tips to us, much appreciated.

  6. 9 over 11, thanks so much, but I’m still struggling with matching paragraph and fiil the sentence, can you give me some ideas in how to do those two sections, thanks again!!!! 🙂 🙂

  7. Hi Liz,

    Thank u so much indeed for such practice tests. I got 10 correct answers in this test. 🙂

    Once again many thanks.

  8. Hi liz. 🙂 i took this exam and i got 8/11 too bad. I am about to take my ielts. I found ur page and this is awesome considering that i am just self studying for my ielts.

    Barbie of cebu

  9. Dear Liz
    First, I would like to say “Thank you so much” for all the information given in your page for free.
    I have a question about no. 1. In the Q !, it says” invested”, but I think that is misspelling, isn’t?
    I think it must be changed to “invented”.
    I know you are on vacation now and enjoy yourself.

    Best wishes

    Julia from Korea

    • Thanks, Julia. I don’t have much time for proof reading so it’s great when students can spot my typos and help improve the lessons 🙂
      All the best
      Liz

  10. I made two mistakes going by your answers- question 5, and question 7. I can see the reason why 5 should be ‘Yes’, but for 7 i had marked ‘No’ as answer. The statement is ” the building work of ancient Egyptian is unrivalled’. But in passage we`ve a line saying ‘ More than two thousands years later, the Romans would move huge stones, some weighing nearly 1,000 tons,using similar techniques at Baalbek’. Does this not disprove their unrivaled status?

  11. Dear Mam,
    on Q#11 your answer is No but your explanation is that the passage gives no information at all. so i think the answer should be Not Given. Am I correct? because my answer is NG.
    thanks.

  12. I just got 5/10.I am feeling disappointed because I always get less marks in Y/N/NG and heading questions. 🙁

    • Actually, you are not only one! ^_^
      I just have launched to learn the section. I have got 5/10 too! yeah – that’s pity. however. by means of trying to do more and more practices… I think that we are able to improve it 🙂

    • i used to get 2/10 until i learned a different technique and that really helped me get more marks. maybe try answering differently!

  13. mohamed ahmed besha says:

    hi MOM
    Q.2 he doesn’t mention lubricant used to aid transportation , reduce friction doesn’t means aid transportation . why answer is yes .

  14. Hi Liz,
    I am Preparing for IELTS academic and planned to take exam on 23rd Jan. i need band score of 7 each and overall. i hope I can get that score after started practicing with you.. if any doubt i need your help.
    thanks

  15. I answered 9 questions correctly but I choose yes for number 10 question because of the sentence in the last paragraph. Can you explain why the answer was not given. Thanks

    • “an open debate” means that there is doubt. This passage shows not doubt that the Egytpians built the pyramids. There is doubt about how but not about who.
      Liz

  16. Dr. Syed Iqtidar Ali Raza says:

    Dear Liz
    Why not ques 11 be NG???
    KINDLY EXPLAIN
    Regards

    • Because the whole passage assumes that the pyramids were built by the Egyptians.
      Liz

      • Dr. Syed Iqtidar Ali Raza says:

        Dear Liz
        You are right that the whole passage depicts that…..
        But the ques is about a “debate”
        Whether a debate is going on or not?
        This is what is not given in the passage
        So?????

  17. Hi,
    I have a question regarding Q.10 : why it is not given , the passage states that there is an open debate about the methods used by Egyptians .
    So ,I thought the answer should be False ,because it contradicts the passage: there is an open debate about the methods used not about Egyptiology.

    Can you clarify this please?

    Sincerely,
    Muna

    • False means “there is not an open debate about Egyptology”. You need to find the opposite (contradictory) information for the WHOLE sentence, not just part. This is not about what has an open debate. It is about if Egyptology is an open debate.
      All the best
      Liz

  18. My score for this one is 10/11. I have made mistake in q-10. I misunderstood the meaning of Egyptology. But after googling the meaning I understand the reason behind correct answer. Your video of T/F/NG has helped me a lot that I am doing very well in this section, especially in tough passages. Thank you very much for helping us.

    • Well done!. I’m glad you are also researching language and developing deeper understanding of words. Once you have the right technique for TFNG, the questions are much less challenging.
      All the best
      Liz

  19. Dear teacher,
    would you be so kind to answer my question: should we answer T/F/NG to the Yes/No/Not Given questions?
    Thank you in advance

  20. Dear Liz

    My IELTS speaking test is on Friday and the rest on Sunday. I describe myself a good speaker and my English is pretty good I’m an English/Arabic translation graduate myself, however, I am really nervous because I am an Arab, Syrian, and I’ve been learning Turkish here in Turkey, which is my current place of staying, and although I’m always reading books written in English, it has been a while since I’ve spoken or had a full conversation with anyone. I’ve been preparing for the test since mid August and mostly through your blog and videos, which I find very useful, but I am worried (I know it’s natural) about “Reading” the most, I have taken most of the available online tests and yours as well, the questions are sometimes so easy you mistake them. I find that in “Summary completion” you should take words from the same passage BUT sometimes you need to rephrase? I get lost although I totally understand the question and the passage. Any tips for that? I have already memorized your blog’s lessons and practices, I am still worried about reading and really nervous about speaking although writing makes most students nervous I don’t find it that difficult. Any tips? regarding both reading and speaking? and how to decrease my anxiety?

    Sorry that was long :’)

    Sincerely, Lina <3

    • Learn which questions has answers that come in order. That way you can go through the passage methodically to find answers without getting lost. No words are ever rephrased for answers. All answers are words taken directly from the passage. The main reason people get lost in finding answer in reading, is they are not good at spotting paraphrases and they do not take enough time to read and think about the questions. So, start reviewing lessons and make a list of paraphrases. Also spend more time with the questions.
      Good luck in your test!
      Liz

  21. xue zhang says:

    Hi Liz,

    I have a question about Q10. The last paragraph says that ” what is known for certain is that Egyptians used simple but effective tools to…” Why is it NG?

    Thank you!

    Xue

  22. Dear Teacher,
    I really appreciate your efforts for creating such a great site which is really helpful for individuals who intend to have good grades in all four sections of IELTS.

    My answer for Q4 and Q 5 is NG and NG respectively, kindly explain how the correct answers are YY?, as per my understanding the method of construction is not mentioned in the respective para, instead lifting of block is. How earth ramps are used out side ?

    • “massive blocks were raised to the height of the rising pyramid” is the method of construction – you don’t need to look for one word as a paraphrase, you are looking for the same meaning in one or more than one word. The second question is about the “outset” which means start. The key to reading is your understanding of vocabulary. Use your dictionary to look up words and learn the precise meaning.
      All the best
      Liz

  23. Imam Prabowo says:

    Dear Mrs Liz,

    Thank you so much for the exercises and the tips for reading in ielts Mrs Liz, I am little bit understanding the materials especially for yes, no or not given question but I am still having problems related to differentiate between no or not given.

    Best Wishes,
    Imam Prabowo

    • Did you watch my video lessons about TFNG? It explains the difference between no / false and not given. Visit the reading page (on the red navigation bar) and look for the video lessons.
      Liz

  24. Nurbol says:

    Hi, Liz thank you a lot for your IELTs reading
    If you dont mind I have a question, What can you say about writing. Because I never write any essays and esspesially task 1 in IELTS test. Can you give me some advise to me? I am going to take IELTS exam on next month on 13 th June. And I have a little time to prepare. It will be a great help for me. I look forword to repyling at me.
    Thanks in advance.

    • There are plenty of lessons, models and tips as well as free videos on this blog – please take a look at each section for writing to learn.
      All the best
      Liz

  25. dear teacher,s
    10 out of 10.

    thank you

  26. Dear Mam,
    Good Day!
    Hope you are doing well!
    I struggling in reading part,my exam is on june month.I want to get the score of around 7.5.In speaking i couldn’t speak for 2mins,speaking only for 1min 35sec.In listening part im getting around only 6.5.I have started to do practise in your website.Kindly please help me to get my target score.Awaiting for your response.

    • Reading and listening you will need to improve by developing better techniques for each type of questions, building a foundation of vocabulary and spotting paraphrasing. For speaking part 2, make sure you are not aiming to answer questions. There are no questions in part 2. There are only guidelines for what to put in your talk. It is up to you to add much more information to your talk. Use the prompts as a structure but add more detail and information.
      All the best
      Liz

      • Dear Madam,

        Thank you so much.I will be doing the practices as you told.Will get back to you shortly.

        • Keerthi says:

          Dear Liz,

          I am struggling more in reading exercise.Kindly please give me some tips to improve more in reading part.My exam is on june month.Help me out in this.

      • Keerthi says:

        Can you give some suggestion to improve vocabulary mam.?

        • Read more, make word lists, make synonym lists, practicing using vocabulary in sentences, learn the limitations of words, building you knowledge of collocations and work through key topics.
          Liz

  27. Hi mam !!
    Is there any other easy tips to point out the answer?
    Due to long passage its littlebit difficult to to reach the specific answer.

  28. Dear Liz,
    I am a big fan of your IELTS materials since few days. I have recently registered for the IELTS and my test will be in a few months. While surfing on the youtube I connected with your materials and videos which are really amazing. You stood in live with my 42″ Led TV in my living room. The way you present is outstanding and the smile accelerates me to work hard.

    I don’t have much time to prepare please guide me on how I can move forward in a faster way. I need 7 in every band and I have some difficulties in reading.

    Please provide me some better/key links, I might lost in your website as there are several resources I am yet to examine.

    Great work! Many thanks for your hard work!

    Mahendra
    Kathmandu, Nepal

    • For reading, having a clear strategy for each type of question is essential. See this page for tips: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-reading-question-types/ and pay attention to which questions have answers that come in order – that will save a lot of time in the test. Also see the FAQ page: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-reading-faq/. This page will give you essential information and some tips for reading. This type of page exists for each of the IELTS skills – so read them all. Then start working through practice lessons to see where you are weakest. Make lists of paraphrases too.
      Good luck.
      Liz

  29. Hi Liz,
    I wrote “NG” for question 7 because I thought there was no clear cut evidence, however, it is “Yes”. Please elaborate a bit.

    Thanks & Keep up the good work,
    Raj

    • It says “the most massive building projects in all of history.” which means no building projects have matched it throughout all time.
      Liz

  30. Hi Liz,

    With regards to Q10.

    Could you explain in more detail.

    Thank you.

    • I’m currently on holiday but I will give you a tip. This questions relates to who built the pyramids, not how they were built.
      All the best
      Liz

  31. Nice passage with tough words but with the vide posted by you has made to judge the statement in righ way.

    Thanks a ton, before watching your video this was really a tough thing for me now i am in good shapr got 7-8/10 score in this passage. Thank Liz.

    • That’s really good to know. I’m always pleased when I find my video lessons have helped students conquer IELTS 🙂
      Liz

  32. hello liz i got 90 but the last question seemed tricky. i chose F because from the passage it was evident from the last paragraph that the writer talked about how the process was done by the Egyptians. Since this was evident , i taught the answer would have been false because the writer never doubted if they were the one that built the pyramids in the passage.

    • Hi,

      For the last question, the statement says that it is an open debate as to who built the pyramids, but in the passage it says “What is known for certain is that the Egyptians used simple but effective tools…”, this means we know the Egyptians built it, but the open debate is how they did it.
      A tricky one.
      All the best
      Liz

  33. Hello,
    Thanks for such a nice exercise. I got 100% but when I am doing ielts exercise I got all incorrect. Thanks I am really motivated by this practice exercise.
    Keep up the good work.
    Zara

    • Hi,

      Well done getting all correct because this was not so easy and had some difficult vocabulary. You need to check the reasons why you got the answers wrong in your practice test to find out if it is vocabulary related errors or technique.
      All the best
      Liz

      • Awesome Liz you have an outstanding style of educating and your service towards mastering the people in IELTS is highly appreciable.

        Its really helping.
        Thank You.

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