First take a look at the module plan to see the best way to use this material.
Watch the video about how to do Yes / No / Not Given questions:
Read the video notes:
In this question type, you need to say if the statement is the same as the writer’s position (in which case write YES), opposite to the writer’s views (which means you write NO) or if we don’t know from the text what the writer thinks about this (NOT GIVEN)
Questions here are in passage order. This means that the answer to the 2nd question is later in the text than the answer to the 1st question.
Because of this, you shouldn’t always start with the first question. If the second question is easier, do that one first.
Then, because you have found the answer to question 2, you will know where to look for the answer to question 1.
How do you know a question is easier? Well questions that involve Capital Letters, like names, or questions involving numbers will usually be easier to find.
You should underline key words in the question – this will make sure that you read the question more carefully
As I said before, try to find the answers to the easier questions first. Look for the key words you underlined, or synonyms of them.
Remember to read before as well as after the words that you find. Sometimes the important information is a bit earlier in the text than the key word that you found.
Try not to get confused about what NO and NOT GIVEN mean. The answer is no only if the text says the opposite to what the question says. The answer is YES when the text says the same as the question.
If you can’t find either the same or the opposite information, it’s probably NOT GIVEN. But you might want to try earlier or later questions first, so you know where to look for the answer, in order to check.
Try to answer the Demonstration Text questions yourself:
Watch the video where Paul shows you how to find the answers to the Demo Text:
Now download a different text with some more Yes / No / Not Given questions for you to try, using the same techniques Paul used in the video:
Next, check your answers to the Practice Text: