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 that makes 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 very few absolutes that are true.
  • Words such as “some,” “most,” “rarely,” and “usually” are often true. These words are not absolutes and suggest “gray areas” of meaning.
  • Cross out double negatives: A question may contain double negatives to confuse you. When you see a double negative, cross out the negative and the prefix.

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 with 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 (“not” and “dis” in “dissatisfied) and then re-read the statement.

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Study Guides and Strategies – True/False Tests