- 1.1Multiple choice
- 1.2Identifying information
- 1.3Identifying a writer’s views/claims
- 1.4Matching information
- 1.5Matching headings
- 1.6Matching features
- 1.7Matching sentence endings
- 1.8Sentence completion
- 1.9Summary, note, table, flow-chart completion
- 1.10Diagram label completion
- 1.11Short-answer questions
1.3.1 Identifying writer’s views/claims
In this question type, you will be given a number of statements and asked: ‘Do the following statements agree with the views/claims of the writer?’. You will then select ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Not given’.
It is important to understand the difference between 'No' and 'Not given'. 'No' means that the views or claims of the writer explicitly disagree with the statement, i.e. the writer somewhere expresses the view or makes a claim which is opposite to the one given in the question; 'Not given' means that the view or claim is neither confirmed nor contradicted.
Any knowledge that you bring from outside the passage should not play a part when deciding on their answers.
This question type assesses your ability to recognise opinions or ideas, and so it is often used with discursive or argumentative texts.