Friday, August 31, 2018

How Words Are Counted in the IELTS Writing Test


Word count is very crucial in the IELTS writing test. In writing task 1, your task is to summarize the information presented in a table, graph or diagram. Your response must be at least 150 words. In writing task 2, you will be asked to write a 250-word essay in response to an argument or a problem. As a student enrolled in an IELTS center, it is essential that you know how the words are calculated in the IELTS writing test.


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How Words Are Counted in the IELTS Writing Test

To help boost your IELTS training, here are the eight essential points on how the words are counted for both IELTS writing task 1 and writing task 2:

1. Numbers, dates (written in numbers) and time are counted as one word in the IELTS writing test. For example:

·         27,000 = one word
·         01/15/18 = one word
·         11:11 AM = one word

       2. Dates written in both words and numbers are counted in this way:

·         21th May = one number and one word

       3. Symbols with numbers are not counted. For example:

·         33% = one number (the symbol of percentage “%” is not counted as a word)
However, if you write “33 percent” it is counted as one number and one word.

       4.  Articles such as “the”, “an”, and “a” are counted as one word. All prepositions, including “on”, “in” and “at” are also counted as one word.

5. Hyphenated words like “father-in-law”, “up-to-date,” and “editor-in-chief” are counted as one word.

6. Close compound nouns are counted as one word. For example:

·         bookstore = one word
·         notebook = one word

 7.  Open compound nouns are counted as two words. For example:

·         Real estate = two words
·         Full moon = two words

8. All words are counted, including words in the parenthesis, brackets, and quotation marks. For example:

·         George Washington (the first president of the United States of America) gave his powerful farewell address in 1796. = 18 words
·         Books used [in classes] are essential for the students’ progress. = 10 words
·         The exact phrase she used was, “There is still enough time.” = 11 words

During your IELTS training, you can practice writing your responses in the IELTS writing test by following the vital points of how the words are counted in the writing test.

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