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Practice with NOT questions

In Part 7 of the TOEIC test, some comprehension questions ask you to identify what is NOT in the passage. These NOT questions can take longer to answer than other types of questions.


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Tips on Answering NOT Questions

  • Leave the NOT question until last. Answer the other questions on a passage first and you may be able to identify the answer, or know where to look for the answer, when you come to the NOT question.
  • Quickly scan the passage to match the information in each answer choice. Look for information in the passage which is similar to, or paraphrases, information in the answer choices.
  • Once you have matched information in the passage with an answer choice, eliminate that answer choice and immediately move on to the next one.
  • Remember, you are looking for information that is NOT in the passage. When you have eliminated three answer choices, the fourth answer choice will be the correct answer.
  • When scanning the text, if you can’t find the information quickly, move on to the next answer choice. Do not waste time by looking for information that is not there!
  • If time is short, eliminate any answer choices that are unusual. Choose the most likely answer choice.