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True/False Exam Quick Tips

  • If one part of the statement is false the whole statement is false: All you are looking for is one word or one piece of information to make the statement false.
  • Assume all statements are true: This type of mindset going into a true/false exam will help because now you are just
    looking for that one item to make the statement false.
  • Reason statements tend to be false: There can be many factors other than the one mentioned to make it false.
  • “Always” and “never” tend to indicate that the statement is false: These types of words are called absolutes and
    there are very few absolutes that are true.
  • Words such as “some,” “most,” “rarely,” and “usually” are often true: Words that do not give specific meanings are usually true. This is due to the fact that these words are not absolutes and refer to more of a “gray area” of meanings.
  • Cross-out double negatives: A question may contain double negatives to confuse you. In cases in which you may
    see a double negative, cross out the negative and the prefix.

Statement Cross-out Meaning

Statement

Cross-Out

Meaning

Not untruthful

Not untruthful

truthful

Not indirect

Not indirect

direct

Not untrustworthy

Not untrustworthy

trustworthy

Not impossible

Not impossible

possible

 

True Or False Examples:

1. _____ July is never a winter month.

2. _____ As a general rule, it is important to study two hours for every one hour of class.

3. _____ Most students would not be dissatisfied by having a 1.00 cumulative grade point average.

Answers:

1. False-“Never” is an absolute; July is a winter month in the Southern Hemisphere.

2. True-The word you focus on is “general” because it is not giving a specific meaning.

3. False-Cross out the double negative and then re-read the statement.

For additional strategies on true/false exams you may want to visit this website:

http://www.studygs.net/tsttak2.htm

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