Yes No Not Given IELTS Reading Practice

This is an exercise for Yes, No Not Given questions in IELTS reading. YNNG questions relate to the views of the writing: does it or does it not agree with the writer’s view.

The techniques for Yes, No Not Given are the same as for TFNG. Skim read the passage, read the questions, analyse meaning and vocabulary in the question, underline key words and then scan the text to locate the information. Only at that point do you decide if it is Yes, No or Not Given.

How the Pyramids were Built

y n ng


The pyramid blocks were hewn from quarries using stone and copper tools. 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.

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, as is commonly thought. 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.

Questions 1-7

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 was invented during the Pyramid Age, even thought it was not used.
  2. Sleds were dragged by animals not humans.
  3. It is possible that Ancient Egyptians could have lubricated their roads to aid transportation.
  4. The building work of the Ancient Egyptians is unrivalled.
  5. Some people think magic may have been used by the Ancient Egyptians.
  6. Limited technology limited the construction of the Ancient Egyptians in the Fourth Dynasty.
  7. The Romans learned the techniques of moving huge stones from the Ancient Egyptians.


Click below to reveal the answers:

  1. NG
  2. F
  3. T
  4. T
  5. T
  6. F
  7. NG

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



True/ False/ Not Given Practice


  1. Hi Lize
    your page has been very resourceful for IELTS preparation.
    i was going through the answers you posted to assess my performance on this task and i realized that there is an error in the responds you gave. it did not correspond with the instruction given. the instruction was Yes, No, Not given. but your answers were written in T,F, NG

    • Sorry, this practice lessons was supposed to have been deleted. I no longer list it on my main reading page.

  2. Hello I have a problem. Please help!
    I was practicing this reading exercise and I think answer for question 5 is False as there is ‘nothing’ magical or supernatural. But correct answer is True. I didn’t get this.

  3. Shukhrat Azizmamamdov says:

    Dear Liz, thank you so much for sharing with us the free information.
    I have a question because still can not figure out. Why the answers for the above task are TFNG whereas I opened the YNNG questions?
    I am extremely thankful for all.

    Best regards,

  4. Omme_hashmi says:

    The passage says that the Romans used the similar techniques so doesn’t that refer to Egyptians techniques???? Then y the answer of 7 is NG ?? Shouldn’t it be yes

  5. Omme_hashmi says:

    What I have understood from this practice after matching my answers with yours is that NG means the information is not given in the passage but I don’t know Y the instructions says that NG means it’s impossible to think what the write thinks…

    • NG given means that there is not enough information in the passage to say if the statement is right or wrong. Part of the information is there but we can’t validate or invalidate it all. False means the passage shows opposite information or it shows that the statement is actually wrong – the statement contains false information.

  6. Omme_hashmi says:

    Why the first answer is NG as it’s not impossible to say about what the writer thinks… or may b i hve understood the NG Wrongly……I think it should be Yes because we can clearly understand what the writer claims
    Or may be u r saying that the information is not given that the wheel was built in pyramid age I’m really confused plzzz tel me as I’m having my test day after tomorrow

    • You need to look at the full sentence. We can see that part of the sentence is given in the passage and it is correct. But for the part about when the wheel was invented, no information is given. This means the whole sentence is not given. True means the passage agrees, False means it is opposite or wrong and NG means we don’t know if it is all wrong or all right because there is not enough information given.

  7. Grace Anyanwu says:

    You are a great teacher. This is very helpful. However, in the last practice on “how pyramids were built”
    the answers ought to be in YNNG and not TFNG. You are my favourite ielts coach. God bless you.


  8. Hey Liz,

    You said that the “answers come in Order”.

    How is that possible, could you please explain? Does that mean, if I find an answer for the 1st question in 5 paragraph, I will not find answers in 1 to 4 paragraphs?

    Please explain, I have the exam coming soon.

    • It means that the answer to question 1 is found first, then the answer to question 2 is found after that. The answer to question 3 is found after the answer to question 2 etc. It is the order of information in the passage.

  9. i was initially scoring 50% and less on the TFNG reading exercises. but once i viewed the video on TFNG my scores sky rocketed to 90% and over…it just amazing your teaching skills. they are simple, straight to the point and highly informative. thank you so much dear liz.

    • I’m so very very pleased. It’s great to hear that students can improve their scores by using the right IELTS techniques 🙂 Well done to you 🙂

  10. Enilda Rrapaj says:

    11/11 i can’t believe it. I always suffered from this type of exercise 🙂

  11. Abeer Fawzi says:

    Hi Liz,
    Thank you for your great effort, i got 11/11, but in some easier tasks i get less correct answers, but i will keep practicing.

  12. Augustine Alabi says:

    Hi lizy, the last answer you gave (11=No). based on your explanation on how to answer this type of question, the writer never said anything about that but you still went with NO ma please can u explain to me clearly because I so expected it with full confidence that it was NG based on what I read from your TIPS.

    NB: you also said it while given your answer…..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).

  13. hi hi thanks so much. love the site although not to sure about the answers but thought answer to no 7 would be NG (since no information about the construction being rival was mentioned

  14. Yeyeee

    I got 11/11 for the first time on ur website Liz.
    Tomorrow I’m going to give my IELTS exams.

    Wish I get band score 8
    You had been really helpful through out these all preparations Dear Liz.
    Lots of thanks and Love


  15. 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 ???

  16. 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 ?

  17. 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.

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

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

  20. 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!!!! 🙂 🙂

  21. Hi Liz,

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

    Once again many thanks.

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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?

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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 .

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. Dr. Syed Iqtidar Ali Raza says:

    Dear Liz
    Why not ques 11 be NG???

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

      • 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

  32. 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?


    • 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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!

  36. 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!


  37. 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

  38. 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.

  39. 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

  40. dear teacher,s
    10 out of 10.

    thank you

  41. 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

      • 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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!

    Kathmandu, Nepal

    • For reading, having a clear strategy for each type of question is essential. See this page for tips: 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: 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.

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