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IELTS Reading: Henry Moore (TFNG Bootcamp Day 1) ๐Ÿ—ฟ

The Members Academy Reading Bootcamp started today (you can still join - it's just $28 and includes 28 days of both live and recorded lessons). This week's focus is on True False Not Given questions, so here's a taster of today's lesson.

This is an Academic Passage 1 about a sculptor called Henry Moore.

I try to get my students to make educated guesses about TFNG questions by the way they're written, and this text is a perfect example of how you can follow a hunch to get the right answer pretty quickly and save time. For example

  • NOT GIVEN: turn the statement into a question. If you canโ€™t answer it, itโ€™s NOT GIVEN.
  • NO: there is usually an opposite word (antonym) e.g. similar โ€“ different; first โ€“ last
  • YES: the answer is usually a synonym or paraphrase e.g complied = did what his father wanted him to do
  • There is a balance in the number of True, False, Not Given (fewer NG).
  • Donโ€™t OVER-THINK the answer. e.g. Q7 doesnโ€™t exactly say โ€˜more popularโ€™ but it means the same thing.

I also teach my students to quickly divide the text according to the questions, so that they don't waste any time looking in the wrong place. This text is another perfect example of that.

The Bootcamp will run until the end of September, so if you're struggling to get your Reading Score up, come and join us.

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