Writing the wrong thing on the IELTS reading answer sheet

by Narendra

I wrote T F NG instead of True False and Not given. Do I loose marks?

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Mar 01, 2015
Mistake with True False Not Given
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Narendra,

You should always read and carefully follow the instructions, so you should write the full answers.

They may well accept it but I can't say for sure as there is no information about this on the official IELTS website.

If they do accept it they are not likely to publisise it as they would want people to follow the instructions.

Jun 04, 2015
Don't worry
by: Anonymous

i have read somewhere that instead of write True, False, Not Given so we can write T, F and NG so just relax

Jul 21, 2015
Write in full
by: Anonymous

The extract below was taken from www.ielts.org:

"You have to write ‘True’, ‘False’ or ‘Not given’ in the boxes on your answer sheet."

Mar 07, 2016
What Happened?
by: Anonymous

I face the same problem and I would like to know what happened? Did you lose mark for this case? Please inform us.

Jul 18, 2016
Deducted
by: Anonymous

Recently I wrote my ielts and I was pretty confident with my ielts reading scoring. But later when I got my reading score I was so devastated I just scored 6.5. I guess they have deducted my score for just writing T, F & NG.

Jul 21, 2016
It is OK
by: Anonymous

It is OK to write T F NG instead of TRUE FALSE NOT GIVEN. Don't worry about it.

May 02, 2017
writing the wrong thing in IELTS reading answer sheet
by: Gawri

I did my exam last Saturday and the same thing happened to me. I mean I wrote T/F/NG instead of True / False / Not given. I did not do it purposefully. I used to answer like that when I was practicing. Will those be marked wrong? IF so I will lose 10 marks?

Jul 29, 2017
True or false instead yes or no
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have written yes or no instead of true or false will I loose a mark??

Aug 01, 2017
True or false instead yes or no
by: IELTS buddy

IELTS don't officially state whether they would accept that or not so it's difficult to give you an answer.

Aug 22, 2017
ielts answer sheet information
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I'm thinking I had written my wrong candidate number on the answer sheet of ielts, is possible to contact them to make the changes now? Should I need to worry about it, whether my answer sheet will be checked properly or not?

Aug 25, 2017
ielts answer sheet information
by: IELTS buddy

I think the admin team will probably sort it out. They would have to mark it - you've paid for the test so they could not just discard it.

But phone them if you are concerned.

Aug 26, 2017
true or false / yes and no
by: Anonymous

i just done my test, i also put for all my answers instead of yes and no, replacing it with true and false, i asked a lady working there. she told me as long as your answer does not look like two possibilities such as writing false but making it look like true.

Aug 26, 2017
not sure please help me
by: Anonymous

Within the test, i fully forgot about not mentioned, and just answered with false or true. within the reading test, how many possible questions are there that deal with not given?

The first paper listening i would say i scored, 34+ and the second paper due to this mistake, maybe 25+

Writing i was skeptical about simply because i used techniques in English such as starting task two with rhetorical questions and using good techniques. i would say maybe 25+ and the speaking band 8/9 what will be my final grade i need a 6, i am very worried.

Aug 27, 2017
not sure please help me
by: IELTS buddy

Unfortunately it's impossible to know how many 'not given' questions there were or to predict your band score so you'll just need to wait for the result.

Sep 10, 2017
True/False instead of yes/no
by: Anonymous

Hi, I took my test yesterday. In reading, i've written true/false instead of yes/no. Is it acceptable or will i lose marks?

Sep 12, 2017
True/False instead of yes/no
by: IELTS buddy

IELTS don't officially state whether they would accept that or not so it's difficult to give you an answer.

Oct 21, 2017
About true false
by: True false

I have written tTfor true and F for false. Plz let me know if this is write or wrong.

Oct 27, 2017
About true false
by: IELTS buddy

I'm afraid it's not possible to answer that. IELTS don't say publicly whether they do accept that or not.

Someone did post previously on here that it is ok, but I can't confirm it.

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Writing the word instead of the letters

by Mike

In 'fill in the gaps' questions which give items labeled by letters to choose from, do we lose mark if we write the words in the answer sheet rather than the letters, provided that the question says '...write the letters....'.

For example:

Over time ..... are accumulated.

A. stones
B. sediments
C. sands

If the correct answer is 'A. Stones' and we write the word 'stone' in the answer sheet rather than the letter 'A', do we lose mark? or It receives mark.

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Nov 02, 2014
Writing words instead of the letters
by: IELTS buddy

Yes you would lose the marks.

You must follow the instructions.

Nov 14, 2014
Option
by: Nishanth

What if I wrote the alphabet as well as the whole option?
For example I wrote 'A. Cow' instead of just 'A' or just 'Cow', !

Nov 18, 2014
Writing the letter and the word
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Nishanth,

As I said before, the only way you can be 100% sure you are right is to follow the instructions.

The listening and reading tests are marked confidentially by IELTS organisations so it is difficult to know for sure if they may accept your suggestion.

You could check on the official IELTS website, but if they do not tell you there, then we don't know.

Oct 12, 2016
Read the Instructions carefully in each section
by: Dr Krishnakumar

You may loose marks even though your answers are correct if you do not follow the instructions meticulously in IELTS.

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I wrote the word instead of the letter - will I lose the mark?

by merry

I have a question

In reading instead of writing A, B, C, or D I wrote the whole word?

Do I loose marks?

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Oct 24, 2015
Following instructions in the IELTS test
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

I'm assuming that in the instructions it told you to put the word, not the letter?

This is not really possible to answer. If you look at the ielt.org website, they don't tell you if they will accept the word instead of the letter.

Maybe they do but they have not said.

This is the same for True, False and Not Given. Some people put T, F, or NG instead. It is not clear whether they will accept this or not, though I would have thought they do.

To be on the safe side, you should always READ and FOLLOW all instructions in the IELTS test very carefully. This will avoid you losing marks Unnecessarily.

May 10, 2016
Maybe
by: Anonymous

Cambridge IELTS Complete says that Y, N, NG, T, F are ok, however it is not the best textbook, so I don't know if I trust it.

Aug 29, 2016
Mistake
by: Navjot Dhillon

Hello, I have written T F N.G instead of writing true false and not given. Are they valid or not?

Aug 29, 2016
Mistake
by: IELTS buddy

Various people have said on here before it is ok, but as I have said, IELTS don't publisise as to whether they accept it or not.

A lot of people make that error so I would guess they accept it.

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Wrong Spelling

by Mary

Hi,

In the reading test on the question "WRITE NO MORE THREE WORDS" I have written 3 words as the question asked.

The spelling of the first 2 words is correct but the spelling of the third word was wrong.

For example: the correct answer is "big swimming pool" and the answer I wrote was "big swimming poul".

Will I get marks for the correct words I wrote? or my whole answer will be considered wrong??

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Sep 04, 2016
Spelling IELTS Reading
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Mary,

That will be marked wrong, you must get the spelling right.

You are just copying words / phrases from the reading so there should be no reason to get the spelling wrong.

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Word Limits

by Nancy

Hi,

On the reading question "WRITE NO MORE TWO WORDS"..I wrote "gardener's calendar" does this considered as two words or three words?

thank you

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Sep 04, 2016
Word Limits
by: IELTS buddy

That is two words.

The 's' is just making the word gardener possessive, it is not making it another word.

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Correcting a Wrong Answer in Pen

by Sara

Hi,

I have written my answer on the reading answer sheet with a pen.

But I found out that the answer I have written was wrong and there is no space to write my correct answer on it, even if I deleted the wrong answer there still no space.

Can I delete the wrong answer and write my correct answer on the bottom of the answer sheet and put the number of the question in front of it, so the examiner will know that is the correct answer??

I'm confused. Please what should I do if I face this problem again??

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Sep 04, 2016
Pencil and eraser
by: IELTS buddy

You can use a pencil in the test and an eraser.

So write in pencil and you can rub out any wrong answers and write in the correct one.

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Writing too many words

by Katrin Bujari
(Kosovo)

Is it wrong if I write more words in the answer than needed?

For example: I wrote "colorful lithography" but in the answer key is just "lithography".

In the question it said that NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS so I did not past the limit.

Is this wrong writing a word more? Thank you

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Dec 04, 2016
Writing to many words
by: IELTS buddy

It all really depends whether your answer fits properly or not. That will also depend on what type of question it is but you didn't say.

For example, if it was a question with a gap where you had to put the missing word, then if "colorful lithography" fits grammatically in the gap and reflects what was written in the text it will be ok.

The answer key normally tell you if an extra word is ok. It would say "(colourful) lithography" to tell you that it would not be wrong if you had the extra word.

But it's possible that the answer key missed it out, so it could still be correct.

So really I'd need to see the reading and question, but if it fits properly without making the answer potentially wrong in any way, it would be ok.

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Articles in the IELTS Reading Answers

by agodhani

In the fill in the blanks part, is it always necessary to write the articles along with the main answer. For example what if I write "young age" instead of "a young age." Would my answer be marked incorrect?

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Dec 09, 2016
Articles
by: IELTS buddy

Your answers have to be grammatically correct so if an article was needed to achieve this then it would be wrong without it.

However it's actually very uncommon to see answers that do require articles. They seem to avoid them when they write the questions so you do not need to worry about it too much.

Nov 02, 2017
give wrong answer of task 2 ...what will happen
by: sabi

I wrote wronge answer of the question ..question was give another sense I included answer in other meaning what will happen I am so panic pls any help

Nov 06, 2017
give wrong answer of task 2 ...what will happen
by: IELTS buddy

I don't really understand your question. But if you gave the wrong answer it will be marked wrong.

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Different Answers

by Hamza
(Islamabad)

I just noticed that in some answers, your answers can slightly differ from what exactly IELTS management would consider.

For example from sample from British Council, I wrote "roll" where official answer sheet had "class roll", similarly I wrote "written warning" but answer sheet had "final written warning".

My question is, in such cases, will I still be considered correct?

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Jan 14, 2017
Different Answers
by: IELTS buddy

It's difficult for me to know if what you put is correct without seeing the actual test you are referring to, but basically, if it fits the right amount of words (e.g. if you can only use TWO words you must not use THREE) and the answers fits properly to answer the question (i.e. not grammatically incorrect or making the answer wrong in any way) then it should be marked correct.

It may be that a few other answers fit that they did not think to put in the answer key, but I'm sure that if that is the case then they would give you the mark.

Jan 25, 2017
Reply
by: Hamza

Thanks for your reply.

Let me give you an example:

http://www.ielts-exam.net/
practice_tests/35/IELTS_
Listening_Section_4/289/

In example (question 31-37), answer for 31 is "adult females", but my answer was "female".

In 35, I wrote "broadcast" but the official answer was "broadcast it"?

In 36, I wrote "female" but the official answer was "a female"?

In 37, I wrote "listen" but the official answer was "hear it"?

Jan 25, 2017
Different Answers
by: IELTS buddy

I've addressed your questions below:

31. It's possible 'females' would be marked as correct but 'female' would not be as it has to be plural (it is talking generally about females, not about one female).

35. 'Broadcast' would be wrong as it does not fit grammatically. You need the 'it' for it to make sense.

36. Again it needs the article 'a' to be grammatically correct.

37. 'Listen' would be wrong. You have to use the words from the listening and 'listen' is not used.

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Giving Short Answers

by BN

Hi there!

so I was wondering if I lose marks on reading if I answered with short answers for example I answer from "9-5" instead of "the working hours are from 9-5" and which answer is more correct.

Thanks!

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May 17, 2017
Read the Instructions
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

It's really not possible to answer your question without seeing what the instructions are or what type of question you are referring to.

Firstly you must not go over the number of words you are limited to. You will be told for example to not use more than 3 Words. (you only used one so of course you would have been in the limit).

But the important thing is that your answer must fit in the gap and make sense. For example if it is sentence completion or a gap fill it must fit grammatically.

If '9.5' did not fit grammatically it would be wrong.

If you were doing a practice test you can check the answer key - they must match that.

Jul 10, 2017
Spelling
by: Jaskaran singh

If I write words outside of the box in ielts reading sheet due to more words is my answer is wrong

Jul 14, 2017
Spelling
by: IELTS buddy

I'm not sure - really you should be able to fit everything in the box.

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