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True or False Questions - 4 Tips

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Although true or false questions may seem easy, they can actually be quite tricky.
Answering these types of questions can require a careful reading of the question as one word can determine the correct response.
If you know true or false questions may exist on your test or quiz, then be prepared! Here are five good tips for answering true or false questions.
1.
Guess
If the test you are taking does not penalize you for guessing, always guess! You have a fifty percent chance of guessing the correct answer.
If the test does penalize you for guessing, skip the question if you have absolutely no idea.
However, if you can make an educated guess based on the wording in the question, then it's usually a good strategy to choose an answer.
2.
Read Carefully
When approaching true or false questions, it is very important to read each question carefully.
The correct answer could depend upon a single word.
Identify key words such as "everyone" or "sometimes", and then evaluate the statement based on this words.
For example if the statement was "Everyone considers Odysseus a hero", you need to focus on the keyword everyone.
Does every single character in the story consider Odysseus a hero? Or does someone consider him to be a villain? 3.
Identify Qualifiers
Qualifiers are words that require a statement to be true in every single instance.
Examples of common qualifiers include always, never, most, and least.
For example in the statement "A prime number is a number that can be divided evenly only by the number 1 or itself", only is a qualifier.
Using the word only emphasizes the idea that to divide prime numbers evenly, or divide them without a remainder, that only two options exist.
If you identify a qualifier, then evaluate if the statement is true one hundred percent of the time.
4.
Evaluate the Entire Statement
True versus false statements can be worded extremely tricky.
For example, part of the statement may be true, but that does not mean that the entire statement is true.
Pay particular attention to details such as dates, times and other important information.
Here's an example of a tricky statement: "The American Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars on record, lasting from 1861-1866.
" It's true that the Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars ever fought.
It is also true that the war began in 1861.
However, it is not true it ended in the year 1866-it ended a year earlier in 1865.
Do not be fooled by the true or false test! They can be quite tricky to take.
The most important strategy a true or false test-taker can employ is to read each question carefully.
Take your time and identify any tricky words such as qualifiers, then evaluate if the sentence is true or false 100% of the time according to the wording of the statement.
Finally, always enter the test prepared: knowing the material is your best strategy to selecting the right answer-even if the statement is tricky!
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