Can we use brackets for IELTS listening test answers?

by amrit cheema
(india,punjab)

hey
Plz tell me that in listening module can we write s in brackets for plural

For instance.....answer is cats but I'm not sure it is cat or cats.......can i write there cat(s) ????

Plzz tell me

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Aug 18, 2013
Using brackets
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

No you won't be able to do that. Your answer needs to be grammatically correct.

Only 'cat' or 'cats' will fit, so you you must use the right one.

Thanks

Jul 28, 2015
using slash in IELTS Listening and Writing
by: Mona

I will be appearing in IELTS exam in next couple of days. I am really confused on this. If an exact word is not given but we do understand what the writer means,then is it ok if we answer the question with two different words with the same meaning(synonyms) and put a slash or the word 'or' between them.

Jul 28, 2015
using slash in IELTS Listening and Writing
by: Mona

i meant using slash in Listening and Reading

Jul 29, 2015
Giving two possible answers
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Mona,

No you should not do that. If you do that it is just like you are having two attempts at a possible answer.

There will be one correct answer and you must put that.

Brackets or slashes are just seen in answer keys to show what could be acceptable as an answer.

For example if it was "(the) town" in the answer key, then is is ok if you put "the town" or "town" in your answer.

Feb 12, 2016
Do we use "/" in writing tasks?
by: Anonymous

What about using "/" in writing tasks? for examples he/she, his/her? Is that accepted or best avoided? thanks,

Feb 12, 2016
Do we use "/" in writing tasks?
by: IELTS buddy

They won't put you in a position where you need to choose between 'he' or 'she'. That would just complicate things.

Mar 17, 2016
answer key in brackets
by: Anonymous

When evaluting the key after the practice test listening and reading, i observed some of the answers written in brackets, is it optional to write or compulsory to write?
Plz tell me.

Mar 17, 2016
answer key in brackets
by: IELTS buddy

Yes the words in brackets are optional. It is correct with or without them.

Jun 15, 2016
reading session
by: saima

How I write the yes / No inn Not Given. In the book they write in all capital such as YES, NO, NOT GIVEN. How I write the in answer sheet, should we write in all as capital letters

Jun 16, 2016
reading session
by: IELTS buddy

Either would be ok

Apr 22, 2017
Doubt
by: Anonymous

The listening answer was 4....And I written in this way 4/four....Is this allowed for marks or not ...Plz mention it

Apr 24, 2017
Doubt
by: IELTS buddy

There's no information on the official IELTS website as to whether they would accept that so it's not possible to know.

But generally speaking as they are looking for just one answers you should just choose one format and use that rather than using a slash and both.

Jun 21, 2017
Word limit
by: Anonymous

When evaluating the key after the practice test listening, it was mentioned not more than 2 words and/or numbers.

The answer in the key is written as 13(th) May 2012 and 29 Sunset street. Actually the answers should be this but its clearly given not more than 2 words.

So is it correct to mention as this is coming as 3 words.

Jun 28, 2017
Word limit
by: IELTS buddy

Actually that is classed as 'one word' and 'two numbers', not three words for the first one and 'two words' and 'one number' for the second.

So the instructions do not seem correct. Maybe there is an error with them.

Were you using one of the official Cambridge practice tests or something else?

Jul 09, 2017
Double meaning right answers
by: Anonymous

In recording she said "the food of the hostel is awful so i have a problem with it in the accommodation"

Now the question was "her feelings about the accommodation".

I wrote "food is awful"

But answer was "awful food"

Is my answer correct? Plz tell me.

Jul 14, 2017
Double meaning right answers
by: IELTS buddy

How many words did the instructions say you could use? If it was two your answer will be wrong. If it's three I think they would allow it as your answer fits grammatically.

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