Capitalisation and Hypens

by Camille Ablao


This is an inquiry with regards how you are going to write answers in the answer sheet.

When I do practice exams in listening, I sometimes capitalize the first letter of my answer (because the answer is found in the beginning of the sentence, and it is not a proper noun), but looking at the key answers, it was not capitalized.

Will I be marked wrong for it? Does it mean proper nouns are the only accepted case for capitalizing the first letter of the word, not because it is the first word in the sentence?

How about if i did not put a hyphen in between 2 words that needs one? will they mark it wrong?

hope you will help me with my confusion. I will be taking my exam in 5 days.

thank you


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Aug 31, 2016
Capitals and Hypens
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Camille,

It does not matter whether you use big or small letters.

For example "bAnglaDesH" would be ok.

As for hyphens, IELTS don't talk about that on their website so it's difficult to know for sure if they would allow it or not.

Sep 02, 2016
re capitalisations and hyphens
by: mimi ablao

thsnk you... wish me luck. I'll be seating the exam tomorrow! good luck to those who are taking the exam with me. see you there :)

Sep 22, 2016
Capital letter
by: Anonymous

According to british council's expert, we need to write the answer either all in capital or in lower letter format. Then how bAnglADesH would be correct?

Sep 25, 2016
by: IELTS buddy

Who is the expert you are referring to?

Of course you are not going to write "bAnglaDesH". That was used to make the point that you could write:


All those would be correct.

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