Techniques for answering TRUE or FALSE questions


Techniques for answering TRUE or FALSE questions

Principle 1

For a statement to be true, each part must be true. One detail can make an entire statement false.

At first glance, a sentence may appear to be true because it contains facts and statements that are true.

How ever, if just one part of the sentence is false,then the entire sentence is false.
Read each word set and phrase individually and carefully. If one word set or phrase in the statement is false ( even if the rest are true) then the entire statement is false and the answer is “false”.

A sentence may be mostly true because it contains correct information but it is Ultimately false if it contains any incorrect information.


Principle 2

Pay attention to “Absolute qualifiers/ extreme modifiers”

Absolute words imply there are no exceptions to the fact stated in the question.

Extreme modifiers make it more likely that the question is false.
These words tend to make a statement false ( but not always)

Always, never, worst, nobody, everybody e.t.c

Everyone should exercise daily. TRUE OR FALSE

FALSE due to the word everyone. There are many people who should not exercise daily, and people who may be unable or prohibited from doing any exercise.


Principle 3

Pay attention to “Relative Qualifiers”

These qualifiers allow for exceptions and possibilities that can make a question true ( but not always)

They also increase the likelihood that the statement is true.
Much, most, unlikely, sometimes.

Children sometimes have emotional problems following their parents divorce.

The answer is true because the qualifier sometimes limits the scope of this statement, allowing for the exceptional.


Principle 4

Don’t let “negatives” confuse you.
Negatives such as no, not cannot, can be confusing within the context of a true/false sentence or statement.

If a true or false sentence contains a negative drops the negative word and then read what remains.
Without the negative, determine whether the sentence is true or false. If the sentence ( without the negative) is true, then the correct answer would be “false”.


Principle 5

Watch for a statement with double negatives.
Statement with two negative words are positive.
Negative words include not and cannot along with words beginning with the prefixes dis-, il-, im-, in-, ir-, non-, and un-

For example, it is unlikely that Kofi will not win the race
Is the same as
It is likely that Kofi will win the race.

Not uncommon means common


Principle 6
Pay attention to interrogative words.
Interrogative words such as which, where when tends to make the statement true.( But not always)

When you do not know the answer- mark it true
There are generally more true questions on true-false exams than false questions.
Examiners find it difficult to make a false statement look true

Principle 7

Thoroughly examine long sentence and statements.

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Principle 8

Make an educated guess.
If it will not negatively impact your score, and you are unsure of the answer, make an educated guess.

You have a 1 in 2 chance of being right. However, truth be told, often True/false tests contain more true answers than false answers. So if you are completely unsure, guess true.

Wish all of you good luck in your exams Thursday and Friday.

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