Write TRUE if a statement agrees with the information in the text.
Write FALSE if a statement disagrees with the information in the text.
Write NOT GIVEN if there is no information given about this in the text.
When doing this task, students often make these mistakes:
- Some candidates struggle (find it difficult) to identify when information is not given. Always read the text very carefully when answering this type of detail question. Be aware that just because a word or phrase from the question statement is mentioned, it doesn’t necessarily make the statement true – the text and statement may disagree but use the same vocabulary. The exam will try and fool you by using similar vocabulary in the question statements and in the text to trick you into giving the wrong answer.
- Some candidates answer based on their own knowledge of the topic rather than on what they read in the text. It is a reading test so all answers must be based on the information in the text.
These are our tips to help you answer these questions. You should try them on the questions 1 – 8 later.
- Step 1: Read the instructions carefully.
- Step 2: Skim through all the statements to get an idea of the topics you will need to look for.
- Step 3: Read the first statement again carefully. Underline the key words.
- Step 4: Skim the passage to find the part which refers to the information in the statement.
- Step 5: Read the part of the text relating to the statement very carefully. Compare it with the statement. Decide if the information in the statement is true, false or not given. If you cannot find any information that directly matches the statement, then it is not given. Base your answers on what you read in the text only, your personal knowledge of the topic area is not important here so don’t make assumptions about the information in the text.
Let’s give these tips a go on some questions with an interactive exercise. The text is below the question set. The answer guide is at the bottom of the post.
Are the following statements True, False or Not Given,
Select TRUE if a statement agrees with the information in the text.
Select FALSE if a statement disagrees with the information in the text.
Select NOT GIVEN if there is no information given about this in the text.
Answer True, False or Not Given
Our Answer Guide
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is held annually in England. Teams from the UK and other parts of the world bring their hot air balloons to the site and participate in mass ascents where as many as 100 balloons may launch at a time.
The event was first held in 1979 and is now one of the largest in Europe. It is common to have crowds of over 100,000 on each of the four days of the festival. It takes place in a large country estate Ashton Court. Mass launches are made twice a day, at 6am and 6pm, subject to weather conditions.
One popular attraction is the night glow, when balloons are inflated and glow to music after dark. These are held on the opening Thursday night at approximately 9:30pm, followed by a spectacular fireworks display. There is another night glow at the same time followed by the fireworks on the Saturday night. Some people see these as the highlight of the fiesta.
The balloon makers Cameron Balloons are near to the fiesta site, in Bedminster, and make many of the special shaped balloons, which have included Rupert the Bear, The Scottish Piper, Bertie Bassett, the Tesco Trolley, Stuart the Minion, and the BBC One Balloon. Many interestingly shaped balloons have also attended the fiesta from abroad, over the years a UFO and a beaver have travelled from the USA, a kiwi bird from New Zealand, and an upside down balloon from the Netherlands.
In the past, the fiesta used to be held in the second week of September, but due to cancellations of flights and the muddy ground because of bad weather, it has been moved in the start of August. This has had a great effect as more flights manage to fly; cancellations are now normally due to high winds.
In 2003, the weight of crowds returning from the Balloon Fiesta and Ashton Court festival put such a great strain on the Clifton Suspension Bridge that it was decided to close the bridge to all traffic, including pedestrians, during these events from 2004 onwards.
In recent years, the event has diversified to include small scale air displays, attracting the likes of The Blades, Typhoon display team and the Red Arrows.
On 10 August 2013 the festival broke a balloon fiesta record after 74 balloons landed in one field near the former Somerdale Factory in Keynsham. The record was then broken a year later, when 90 balloons again landed in the former Cadbury’s chocolate factory on 9 August.
“Bristol International Balloon Fiesta” wikipedia,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_International_Balloon_Fiesta, Accessed 14.8.2017