Dates,Times and Currencies

by Waqar Afridi
(Peshawar, Pakistan)

How to fill in dates in IELTS ACADEMIC LISTENING?

For example how to write "First of july'?? 1st of july or 1 july???

Also how to write 9pm to 4 pm??? 9-4pm or 9 am to 4 pm given we have to just write 3 words. plz give me a confirm answer becoz my bands are reduced due to these things.

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Jul 01, 2016
Dates and Times
by: IELTS buddy

Any of the suggestions you wrote should be fine.

9am to 4pm is three words / and or numbers (they would count 9am as one word/number).

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How do we write dates in the IELTS Listening?

by Maria Snegovaya
(Denmark)

Hi,

I have a question about how to write dates?

For example would it be a mistake if I will write in the answer 9.09 instead of 9th of September? Can you give me an advice how to write right dates?

Also if there are days of week like Monday 9.09...

Thanks

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May 19, 2015
Dates in the IELTS Listening
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Maria,

I do not think the format you used will be correct. The only time we use numbers like that is when we are writing the day, month and year.

Eg. 12.09.15 / 12.9.15

These are the ways we write dates (with no year):

12th of September
12 September
25th September


You could also put the date after the month:

September 12
September 25th


Remember if the instructions say use only two words you should not put the 'of' in.

If there was a 'day of the week' then you would just put that at the beginning:

Monday 12th September

Thanks

Aug 07, 2015
12th or 12
by: Anonymous

Is there a difference between 12th February and 12 February? Will I lose the point if I write 12th instead of 12?

Thank you.

Aug 08, 2015
12th or 12
by: IELTS buddy

No it is the same so you should be ok.

Mar 07, 2016
How to write century
by: Lana

Hi. What about centuries? Is it important to write "th" at the end? For example, if I wrote 19 instead 19th. Is it wrong?

Mar 07, 2016
How to write century
by: IELTS buddy

I would check what is in the answer key, but century should normally have the "th".

Apr 12, 2016
About abbreviation
by: luc ia

Can I write Oct. instead of October?

Apr 13, 2016
About abbreviation
by: IELTS buddy

I've never heard that they accept abbreviations for months so that would likely be wrong.

Dec 04, 2016
Date
by: Anonymous

What if I forgot to put date on the heading? Will it affect my score?

Dec 04, 2016
Date on heading
by: IELTS buddy

What heading? I'm not sure what you mean.

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6 months or Six months?

by Abdul
(Saudi Arabia )

How to write number of months during IELTS listening. For example, if the conversation says that the butterflies take six months to migrate. So should my answer be 6 months or Six months? (question requirement: write no more than two words and/or a number). Thanks

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Jun 26, 2016
Writing numbers
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Abdul,

Either of those would be ok.

Jun 26, 2016
Thanks
by: Abdul

Cheers.. Thanks

Aug 20, 2016
Www.ieltsbuddy.com
by: Anonymous

Question was date of birth and instruction was max 2 words. I wrote 16.10.1980.

Is this correct??

Aug 21, 2016
20 August ielts
by: Anonymous

"2 words and/or a number" therefore it must be 16th October or sixteenth October 1980

Oct 02, 2016
How are the dates counted?
by: Evgenia

Excuse me, there was the instruction that the date (ex. 12.09.15) is counted as one word. Is that right?

Oct 03, 2016
Dates
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Evgenia, I've not heard that before, where did you get told that?

Apr 13, 2017
Please tell me
by: Rehman Khan

How to mention time... I mean which is the right way.. 10:05AM OR 10.05AM ?

Apr 14, 2017
Time
by: IELTS buddy

10:05AM

Jun 08, 2017
Date Confirmation
by: Anonymous

Which is correct answer 31st March or 31st March 1972 when we need to write one word and/or a number

Jun 09, 2017
Date Confirmation
by: IELTS buddy

Your question doesn't really make sense.

If a date was mentioned and the gap of words included day, month AND year, you'd need to put them all.

If the year was already on the paper then you wouldn't put it.

So if it was the first one it would make no sense to be told one word and / or a number. Those instructions would only make sense for the second one.

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Dates and Word Limits

by Ahmad

Write a date (31 March 1972) as (one word and/or a number) in listening part, how it could be??

The answer sheet in book 9 indicates that it is (31 march), can 31.03.1972 be right also?

Thanks a lot

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Aug 31, 2016
Dates and Word Limits
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Ahmed,

Can you tell me where that is in book 9 then I can take a look?

Aug 31, 2016
book 9 / test 2 listening question 2
by: Anonymous

Hi

It is in book 9 / test 2 listening question 2

Aug 31, 2016
book 9 / test 2 listening question 2
by: IELTS buddy

I had a look. I can only think that it must be an error in the book.

In the answer key it says '31 March' (which fits the instructions of ONE WORD AND / OR A NUMBER) but as you suggest, I'm sure a lot of people would write '31 March 1972' which is her full date of birth.

So I can only assume when it was used as an actual test in the past they would have given people the point for '31 March 1972' but it's impossible to find out.

Aug 31, 2016
Thanks
by: Anonymous

Thants a lot

Aug 31, 2016
Suggestion
by: Anonymous

Can't it be correct as 31.03.1972
Is that date can be treated as a number??

Sep 23, 2016
about date of birth
by: Ranjeet

Hi,

Please tell me how we can write dates of birth with instructions as following:

"Use one word and / or a number"

Is it correct if I write only date with month. For e.g: 24 march 1982

I write only 24th March as my institute teach me it is correct no year required???????????

Sep 23, 2016
Dates
by: SRB

Hi,

As I know if date is required, that is only about the day and the month of birth (e.g. 02 November)

Sep 25, 2016
Dates of birth
by: IELTS buddy

It can be dependent on the context i.e. the question in the particular test, but like SRB says, if there are only two spaces on a date of birth is asked for then you would write:

24 March
24th March

If you asked someone when their birthday is they are likely to say "24th March" not "24th March 1982".

You could say either of course, but if you have space for one word and / or a number it is not looking for the year.

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20 May or 21st of May?

by natka

Hi,

I wrote "21st of May" in my listening practice test. However, in the answer key was "21 May", and it was said that my answers should be the exact match.

What's wrong with "21st"? Will it be considered an error in a real test?

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Oct 16, 2016
Dates, Times and Currencies
by: IELTS buddy

"21st May" should be fine as it is a common way to write dates.

But whether "21st of May" would be correct or not would depend on the number of words allowed.

If it said "No more than two words and / or a number then "21st of May" would fit ok as that is two words and a number.

Generally speaking though I would just not write the 'of' or 'th/st' to be on the safe side. It is not needed anyway, and if we fill out dates on forms we don't tend to write those in.

Which practice book was it? Was it on of the official Cambridge books?

Nov 18, 2016
Number or word?
by: jags

Will you please tell me whether 31st will be considered as a word or a number?

If i will write 31st march, will it be considered as two words and a number or a word and a number?

Is it same to write 31 march?

Nov 18, 2016
Number or word?
by: IELTS buddy

31st would be a number, but yes you can write 31.

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Correct IELTS Date Format

by Aysel Aliyeva
(Azerbaijan Baku)

Hello,

In Listening test, for example:

- 11th April
- 11 April
- 30.04
- 04.30

Which of them is considered to be correct?

Actually, when I simply write 11 April without 'th',the answer is 30th April. Could you please clarify when to write with or without 'th'?

Thanks in advance,

Aysel Aliyeva

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Apr 21, 2017
Using 'th' in dates
by: IELTS buddy

All of those dates would be ok accept possibly this one:

04.30

It may be accepted as it is the American way of writing dates (month before day) and American English is accepted in IELTS.

However, I'd avoid it and just write it in the normal way for British English to avoid any possible wrong answers.

You don't need the 'th', but it should be fine if you do put it in.

There is no particular rule for using it or not as far as I'm aware.

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How to write currencies

by Diks
(Kuwait)

How to write currency in writing test as well in listening test? E.g. if it's USA currency then we should write as USD in word or $ in sign?

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Jul 24, 2016
currencies
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

I would just write the sign ($) as that is the normal way to do it.

That said, it would make no difference in the writing test whether you used 'USD' or '$', and possibly not the listening either, but as they always use the sign ($) on the listening question sheets I'd do the same to be on the safe side.

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Including the $ and £ symbols

by viin
(india)

If the question says,

$_____ ? does one has to include the symbol($) again in the answer sheet or not?

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Dec 11, 2016
IELTS Listening $ and £
by: IELTS buddy

No don't include them if they are already on the question sheet.

If they are not on the question sheet then you should include them.

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Adding Symbols to Answer Sheet

by Riana

If the question asks for a time or price and the question already has 'pm' or the '£' on the question paper and I write the answer with the '£' and 'pm' will I get the answer wrong?

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Jun 04, 2017
Adding Symbols to Answer Sheet
by: IELTS buddy

Yes it will be wrong because you won't have put what is the correct answer on the answer sheet.

Only put on the answer sheet the words and / or symbols that are missing from the question booklet.

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Using Abbreviations

by Brijesh
(Ahmedabad)

Hi,

Please provide me the guidance as i am going to take test on 26 August which is tomorrow and i need one clarification.

If i write "Aug" instead of "August" or "Jan" instead of "January" will it be the right answer?

Same for the day such as Sun instead of Sunday?

Please please help

Thanks in advance

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Aug 26, 2016
How to write months and days
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Brijesh,

You don't want to risk losing any marks so just write the full months and days, not abbreviations.

Aug 26, 2016
thanks
by: Anonymous

thanks a lot really appreciated!!

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Are times words or numbers?

by Abbos-Ali
(Uzbekistan)

I would like to ask a question on IELTS Listening.

In instructions it is written that "No more than 3 words".

And the correct answer is "4.30 pm to 5 pm".
If I count correctly there are 2 numbers and 3 words in the answer. Am I right?

But in instructions there was no any point about numbers!!

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Sep 25, 2016
Writing times in IELTS Listening
by: IELTS buddy

To be sure to advise you properly I would really need to look at the actual test question and answer that you are looking at.

But firstly "4.30pm" would count as 'one' not 'two'. So there are a total of 'three'.

So I assume the test you are referring to is counting "4.30pm" as a word. Are you sure the test did not say you can use a number as well?

It is possible that it is a mistake in the test.

Jan 11, 2017
Spellings
by: Neelam

Hello, in listening case can we write short form of month if they speak short of month as 1st Jan???

Jan 12, 2017
Abbreviating months in IELTS Listening
by: IELTS buddy

If that is what they actually say, then 'Jan' would be fine.

I don't recall ever hearing someone use an abbreviated form in the speaking though but I could be wrong.

Jul 06, 2017
9:30 am or 9.30 am?
by: Maria

How to write the time correctly in ielts? Is it 9:30 am, with two dots or 9.30 am with one dot?
Many thanks

Jul 07, 2017
9:30 am or 9.30 am?
by: IELTS buddy

Officially it is two dots but I don't think you'd lose the mark if you used one dot.

Aug 28, 2017
Time
by: Sahand

Hi,

instead of writing 23rd September, I wrote 23th September, carelessly!! Will I lose mark?

Thanks.

Sep 01, 2017
Time
by: IELTS buddy

IELTS don't state whether they would accept that kind of mistake or not so it's not possible to know.

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6 or 6pm?

by Malakin

I took the IELTS test yesterday, and I got a little bit confused during the Listening part.

I was allowed to write 'One Word And / Or one Number' and one question was about writing a time. The speaker said that her store closes at 6. So I wrote exactly as I heard '6'.

Is it a correct answer? Or Should I have written it '6:00' or '6:00 PM'?

Thank you

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Sep 12, 2017
Times in IELTS Listening
by: IELTS buddy

That depends what was written on the question sheet.

If it had "...... pm" then you should just write 6.

If it had "........" then you should write 6pm.

You should not write anything that is already on the question sheet as you are just filling in what is in the gap.

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