Many test-takers get puzzled over what constitutes/counts as a word in IELTS writing.
The questions range from numbers to symbols to words. We have compiled a few frequently asked questions that you might find helpful during your preparation.
Q: Are articles counted as words?
Yes. All the articles–a, an, the–are counted as a word.
Q: How are dates counted?
According to their rendition, dates are counted thus: 26 (one word), 26th February (two words)
26-4-1984 (one word), and 26th February, 1984 (three words)
Q: Are contractions (examples: didn’t, can’t, I’m) counted as one word or two words?
Contractions are counted as one word.
Q: How are hyphenated words (examples: part-time, all-inclusive) counted?
Hyphenated words are counted as one word
Q.How are compound nouns like tennis shoe, orange box, counted?
Compound nouns are counted as two words
Q.How are symbols such as % counted?
When the symbol % is used with a number, it is not counted. Example: 5% would be counted as one number
Again, if the symbol % is spelt out as percent, it would be counted as a word
Example: 5 percent would be counted as one word and one number.
Q: Are words and numbers in brackets (20%) counted?
Yes. Every word and number in bracket is counted.
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