Answers to word count questions

Yesterday I posted a list of words and numbers. I asked you to decide how they were counted by IELTS. Check the answers below.

You can also find useful links about word count information in IELTS using the links below.

How are words counted – Answers

The answers below show how these words and numbers are counted in IELTS writing and IELTS listening. The reading test uses the same system as the listening test.

  1. fair-haired
    1.  This is counted as one word. It is a compound noun but it is connected by a hyphen to make one word.
  2. 55%
    1. This is counted as one word in writing and as one number in listening. The
  3. 1960’s
    1. This is counted as one word in writing and one number in listening.
  4. 21st July
    1. This is counted as two words in writing and in listening is it one number and one word.
  5. can’t
    1. This is counted as one word in writing and listening. Although it has a meaning of two words, the words are contracted to make one word.
  6. blackboard
    1. This is counted as one word only.
  7. 9am
    1. This is counted as one word in writing. In listening, it is counted as one number only. The “am” does not count as a word on its own.
  8. up-to-date
    1. This is counted as one word because it is a compound noun joined with hyphens.
  9. at school
    1. This is counted as two words.
  10. $19.17
    1. This is counted as one word in writing and in listening it is counted as one number. Symbols do not count at all.

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Comments

  1. Hello Liz,
    Please let me know how is 16.6 weeks counted in Listening exam.
    Thanks in advance

  2. Hi mam liz
    My ielts acad exam here in Singapore under British council is on January 7-8,2017. Do you think graphs will not be in our writing task 1 as it appears many times during December intakes? Thanks

  3. Thanks! This is really useful!

  4. Hi Liz,

    How long is the IELTS certificate valid? 2 yrs OR 3 yrs?

  5. thankyou so much

  6. Thanks alot mrs liz

  7. Abdulmajeed says:

    Thank you very much
    I really appreciate that

  8. Thanks Liz, hope I will be seeing more of the infro especially on I elts writing.

  9. :'(

  10. Thank you very much, dear Liz, for your email and all your free teaching online.
    God bless you abundantly.

  11. kamrul hasan says:

    Thanks heaps liz,It is really useful,I had a lot of confusion ,I think it would be great for both listening and writing task module.

  12. sreerekha kiran says:

    Thank you Liz

  13. U hv done a great job mrs liz thanks

  14. You done a great job mrs liz thanks

  15. Thank you so much Liz

  16. Thank you very much

  17. Thanks you so much Liz

  18. Thank you so much Liz.

  19. Thank you so much dear,

    my exam is after tomorrow would you please tell my what I should write (capital or small) letter if the gap in listening is in the beginning of the sentence although it is not a name but it must be capital right??!!!

  20. Really.you are perfect..focusing on exactly what we really need. .you are such a pretty good teacher

  21. thanks liz , i want speaking topic

  22. Thanks Liz

    I was confused with hyphens and sampols
    are they counted as one word or not but I got it now. 🙂

  23. According to Vocabulary for IELTS written by Pauline Caullen, candidates aren’t allowed to write a decade like this: 1960’s, meaning that this format is wrong. In other words, you are supposed to write 1960s.

  24. Thank you very much liz

  25. Madam Liz really your work is excellent nobody in this age do this for others,\

    Thanks a lot,

    Munir

  26. You need any help from me, Sorry for up

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