Please clarify "not more than..." word instructions in the IELTS Test

by tikoji

Hi,

After reading all ur doubts, now I'am doubtful.

Clarify if it is "not more than two/not more than three" means can our answer be two and three, or else only one and two words?

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Oct 25, 2015
Number of word instructions
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

It means you cannot write any MORE words than the numbers given.

"Not more than two words"

= You can write, one word or two words

"Not more than three words"

= You can write one, two or three words

Oct 26, 2015
Not More Than Three words type of questions
by: Pankaj Chaturvedi

It means that your answer can contain one, two or three words but in no case the fourth word provided the answer is grammatically correct and gives the same information as given by the speaker / writer.

Aug 25, 2016
listening
by: Anonymous

hi.. i have written an answer 'super market' is that correct? i am confused whether it is supermarket.. will i get marks for that?

Aug 26, 2016
Supermarket
by: IELTS buddy

The correct word is 'supermarket' so what you put would likely be wrong but the official ielts site doesn't specifically discuss that so it is difficult to say for sure whether they would accept it.

Sep 25, 2016
Help me
by: Anonymous

Hi! I've written 2 million, whether it is one word or two!! It's confusing.

Sep 25, 2016
Help me
by: IELTS buddy

"2 million" = one word and one number

"Two million" = two words

Jan 08, 2017
No more than one word.
by: Naef

Please I need to know:
they asked in the listening exam to write no more than one word:
they asked about the date:
My answer was 15th June.

Is it two words or one word?

Jan 30, 2017
31st March
by: Nagendra

Can I write 31st March for the question type one word/a number

Feb 02, 2017
31st March
by: IELTS buddy

You don't need the 'st' but yes it should be ok.

Feb 03, 2017
Word count
by: Nagendra

'Notice', 'board' are two different words, when we see it separately but when we combine these two words we'll get single meaning i.e.,NOTICE BOARD
So, do we consider it (NOTICE BOARD) is two words or single word word, as per meaning it is giving.
@there is no hyphenation between notice and board

Feb 03, 2017
Word count
by: IELTS buddy

It is two words.

Feb 12, 2017
How to write a time range?
by: Alina

Hi,

In my test, answer to one question was 25-30 minutes. I wrote it as "25 to 30 minutes".

Instructions were "No more than three words and/or a number". If my answer is incorrect, how can we write the same answer by following the instructions?

Feb 14, 2017
How to write a time range?
by: IELTS buddy

It's not possible to write that answer as it is two numbers and the instructions you gave say one.

Which test are you referring to? Are you sure that is the correct answer? Or could it be an error in the test (assuming it is a practice test)?

Mar 10, 2017
Cannot get a point
by: Anonymous

The instruction was: "NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS" but the answer was "Sir Jozeph Banks", hovewer, following the instruction I've written just "Jozeph Banks".

But surprisingly the key was "Sir Jozeph Banks"!!!!! Hoow??? There were required only TWO WORDS!

Mar 10, 2017
Cannot get a point
by: IELTS buddy

It sounds like an error in the book.

Which practice book were you using?

Jul 02, 2017
Ielts reading
by: Anonymous

I have question with two blanks in recent exam my answer was (guiding principles, rules) this means how many words

Jul 03, 2017
Ielts reading
by: IELTS buddy

That's 3 words.

Jul 14, 2017
Listening
by: Anonymous

Which is the correct spelling licence or license?

Jul 14, 2017
License or licence
by: IELTS buddy

Licence is a noun, license is a verb. Before learning to drive, you apply for a provisional driving licence, but the DVLA must license you to drive.

Jul 27, 2017
ielts
by: Anonymous

Write ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

what does it mean??
1.a number and a word both??

Jul 29, 2017
ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER
by: IELTS buddy

It means either of these two things:

ONE WORD AND A NUMBER:

e.g. 5 people

ONE WORD OR A NUMBER

e.g. 5

or

e.g. people

Of course what you actually write will depend on the question. If it was:

"There are ........... on the course" the answer would be "5 people".

or

"There are ....... people on the course" the answer would be "5".

or

"There are 5 ...... on the course" the answer would be "people".

Sep 22, 2017
not more than one word and/or numbers
by: Sausage

Hi,
In ielts cambridge 9 listening test 3 section 2 question 20: '5 to 12', is that still counted?

Sep 24, 2017
not more than one word and/or numbers
by: IELTS buddy

I checked and in the answer key it says '5 to 12' so I'm not sure why you are querying it. That is one word and numbers.

Sep 26, 2017
doubt
by: Anonymous

If they say not more than three words and in my answer, I wrote two words will they give me marks or not?

Example:

The lady reminds John to shut the door and windows and ......

ANSWER, I WROTE -burglar alarm
CORRECT ANSWER SHOWS -set burglar alarm

Sep 29, 2017
Doubt
by: IELTS buddy

No more than 3 numbers means You have the option of 1, 2, or 3 words.

But if the answer is 3 words you have to write all those words. So your answer is wrong.

Oct 06, 2017
No more than two words or a number
by: Anonymous

Hi,

Could you please explain below instruction with examples?

NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS OR A NUMBER

Oct 06, 2017
No more than two words or a number
by: IELTS buddy

This is an example:

5 (a number)

5 people (one word and a number)

5 people eating (2 words and a number)

People (one word)

People eating (2 words)


All of those are ok.

Oct 16, 2017
Listening
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I wrote 14 instead of 14 days for one word/number it will be marked correct?

Plz help me.

Oct 16, 2017
listening
by: IELTS buddy

If the missing information needed "14 days" and that was what was in the answer key, then "14" will be wrong.

But it would have to be "One word and / or a number".

Nov 01, 2017
One word confusion
by: Anonymous

Is TIME-TABLE one word or two words???

Nov 06, 2017
One word confusion
by: IELTS buddy

Hyphenated words are counted as one word.

Nov 07, 2017
HI
by: Anonymous

Hi, I am vijay.

I don't understand in the ielts instructions which is given by 'No more than three words'. The actual answer is 'town center area'. I wrote 'town'. Will they mark it correct?

Nov 10, 2017
No more than three words
by: IELTS buddy

'No more than three words' means that the answer could be anything from one to three words, no more than that.

So an answer would not consist of four or five words. But it could be one, two or three words.

But regardless of that, there is still a 'correct' answer. If the answer in the answer key was 'town center area' then 'town' is wrong.

Nov 18, 2017
.Articles
by: Anonymous

Hello,

In Cambridge 9 test 1 Listening section, the instruction says no more than 3 words, but the answer key was "clear voice", while I wrote "a clear voice". Is that OK?

THX

Nov 26, 2017
Articles
by: IELTS buddy

I just checked and 'a clear voice' should be correct because it fits the answer and it does say you can use three words.

Those are based on real tests but I can't know what they would have done when it was actually marked in the past.

You should have got the mark though.

Dec 09, 2017
Is "two hundred fifty five" one word or 3 word as per IELTS exam rule?
by: santosh

Is "two hundred fifty five" one word or 3 words as per IELTS exam rule?

Dec 17, 2017
one word and/or numbers
by: soroush

I encounter a Question, the answer is "5 to 12" but the question requires one word and/or numbers, how it can be possible? The answer contains 3 words!

Dec 22, 2017
one word and/or numbers
by: IELTS buddy

Which book was if from? It's possible it's an error.

However, that is actually two numbers and one word. You say the instructions said "one word / and or numberS" (plural). If that is what it says then '5 to 12' fits the requirements as it is one word and numbers.

Jan 12, 2018
Confused
by: Anonymous

"Not more than Two words and / or a number". If the speaker says 'five star hotel', what should I write? 'Five star' or '5 star'.

Jan 14, 2018
Confused
by: IELTS buddy

Either would be ok. Numbers can be written as words or the actual number (though of course with telephone numbers, addresses or postcodes which have sequences of numbers you should write the numbers).

Feb 07, 2018
Two words or no more than three words
by: Anonymous

The instructions says not more than 2 words.
And I answer the question in 2 words.
Like 'castle road' but the answer shown was 'castle'.
Will this be considered as correct answer or wrong ?
Help me .

Feb 09, 2018
Two words or no more than three words
by: IELTS buddy

Not MORE than two words means the answer could be one or two words, so if the answer was 'castle' and not 'castle road' then your answer will be wrong.

But it's not possible to know if 'castle road' would fit without seeing the test you are referring to and hearing the audio.

Apr 07, 2018
Ielts listening test
by: Anonymous

Hi! I’ve done my ielts exam, in listening test the instruction was answer not more than 2 words and or a number. The answer is '17 Bright Road'. I answered "Bright road" in the address part because it only asked for 2 words and or a number. Is this correct?

Thanks!

Apr 09, 2018
IELTS test
by: IELTS buddy

No that's wrong if it says in the answer key it was '17 Bright Road'.

The instructions were '2 words AND / or a number'.

So '17 Bright Road' fits that as it is 2 words and a number.

Jul 08, 2018
Clarification
by: Anonymous

I wrote word instead of an option in Ielts listening flow is that evaluated or not

Jul 12, 2018
Clarification
by: IELTS buddy

It will probably be marked wrong. You must follow the instructions.

Jul 21, 2018
Ielts Listening
by: Anonymous

Hi, I just want to check in the listening practice paper no more than two words, I wrote "low" in my answer but when I checked the answer sheet answer was "very low". so my answer will right or wrong?

Jul 22, 2018
Ielts Listening
by: IELTS buddy

If the answer key is telling you you must have 'very low' then 'low' will. be wrong (assuming the answer key is correct).

I'd have to see the test though to know if that is correct or not. It depends what was written in it and what was said.

Jul 25, 2018
listening practice question
by: Anonymous

hi,

I'm having a IELTS listening practice test and there's a question that says "women are three times more likely to miss the ________."

When i was listening to the narrator I know that I heard the answer to it correctly which is "likely to miss the OFFICE ATMOSPHERE."

But when the test shows the answers, it says that the answer should only be "office" and the atmosphere is just part of the sentence. (I don't know if I'm making any sense).

Anyway, how will I know if I should only be writting the word "office" or "office atmosphere" or is it ok to write either. I hope i'm making sense.

thanks

Jul 25, 2018
listening practice question - 2
by: Anonymous

hi ,

it's me again. In one of the questions in the listening practice test, I answered "18" (number) but the correct answer was "eighteen" (word). is it ok to answer in numbers or should I answer all in words?

thanks

Jul 26, 2018
Listening test Queries
by: IELTS buddy

Yes you can write 'eighteen' or '18'.

"Office atmosphere" sounds correct from what you said.

Maybe it is an error in the test you are using?

Jul 29, 2018
Words
by: Harish

In instructions it said "no more than 3 words" and in answer i wrote "two percent" instead of "2 percent" now my answer marked as wrong in a mocktest and as well as British Council website.

Whats wrong with my answer?

Jul 29, 2018
Words
by: IELTS buddy

I don't think there is anything wrong with your answer.

If it said "No more than three words" and you wrote "two percent" then that is correct, as using numbers or words is ok.

Maybe it's an error in the answer key.

Aug 27, 2018
NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS
by: Deb

In few of the listening test i find that they ask for " no more than three words" as answers , but if they have mentioned about a number in the answer , say for example number "27" , so should we write in words or in number? its really confusing, please help.

Aug 27, 2018
NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS
by: IELTS buddy

Usually the number or words are ok, but to write the number it should also say "NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND / OR A NUMBER".

If it doesn't say at the end that you can also use a number then you should write "sixteen" to be safe.

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One word and/or a number???

by ava
(rogers)

One word and/or a number???

Did everybody finish Cambridge 9?

I am kind of confused about the second test, in section one, questions about India girl's birthday. I could hear clearly, it was March 31st, 1972.

But the answer require to be only one word and/or a number??? How could it be possible ?

March 31st, 1972------------> there are THREE words!!

How can i answer this question?

Thank you

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Feb 06, 2016
One word and/or a number???
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Ava,

I had a look.

I think it must be an error because in the answer key they have put "31 March", which fits "One word and / or a number".

But then in the actual transcript they have underlined "13 March 1976".

That would be one word and two numbers.

If an error was made like that I'm sure they would let you have the mark if you put either of those.

Mar 18, 2016
the same question
by: Anonymous

Last time I took the Ielts test and I had almost the same question with the same instruction no more than one word or/and number. Question required to put date of birth of a girl, so as I know we can not put date of birth without including either date or year. I was confused, but I put only date and month even though I heard the year too. Am I correct ? How could I know how they marked my answer?

Thank you

best Dake

Aug 20, 2016
listening
by: mathew

my name is Mathew..the answer 'flat 6A' contains how many number and words. my question was no more than 2 words and or a number. could you please help me..

========

I would say that is one word and one number so you are ok.

IELTS buddy

Aug 20, 2016
Two words and/or a number
by: Anonymous

There was a date of birth of a girl to be written. I heard the exact date like 18 October 1980. But I wrote 18 October because with years it would have been 2 numbers and one word. Which is correct? Can you enlighten me please.

Thank-you


Aug 25, 2016
olive oils
by: issac

i have written an answer 'olive oils'.. is that correct? i clearly heard them saying vegetables and olive oils.. my friend told me that it would be olive oil.. could u please help me out

Aug 26, 2016
Olive oils
by: IELTS buddy

If they said 'olive oils' the answer is 'olive oils'. If they said 'olive oil' the answer is 'olive oil'.

Aug 30, 2017
Two words and/or a number
by: Anonymous

A date of birth requires day (number), month and year, eg. 18 September 1974. A birthday requires a day and a month only, eg. 18 September. Did the question ask you to give her date of birth or her birthday?

Dec 04, 2017
ONE WORD AND/OR NUMBERS
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I am a little bit confused about the answer.
The answer is 5 to 12 and also the instruction said that ONE WORD AND/OR NUMBERS.

I cant figure out, could you please explain it?

Thanks.

Dec 08, 2017
No More than Three words and/or a number
by: Anonymous

In reading, Question was how many beats a minute a smoker take?

And i Wrote 10-20 beats

But the answer key was 10-20

What should i do??? This is puzzling.

Dec 09, 2017
No More than Three words and/or a number
by: IELTS buddy

In that situation there was no need to repeat 'beats' as it is in the question. It was just asking for the number.

However, your answer wasn't wrong and it fits the number of words so I think you'd probably get the point in the test.

Aug 15, 2018
writing numbers
by: Anonymous

hello,

In Cambridge 9 test 2, they said write one word and/or a number. Their answer was 31 March, and I wrote 31/03/1972. They didn't mention the year, is my answer 31/03/1972 correct? Because I think it is considered as one number?

My second question, in Cambridge 9 test 3, question 10 they said write one word and/or numbers, their answer is 5 to 12 and I wrote 5-12, is my answer correct? thank you.

Aug 16, 2018
writing numbers
by: IELTS buddy

I think some other people have mentioned that question of that test because they are confused.

I think it may be an error in that test because if you take a birth date then yes, most people are going to put the full date. The year is mentioned in the reading but it is not in the answer key and the instructions don't let you write two numbers.

Always try and follow the instructions but I do think that one is a error.

As for the other you mention, yes 5 - 12 should be ok. Again it should be in the answer key.

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Please explain these confusing instructions for IELTS Listening

by Yugvir Singh
(Gurgaon)

Recently I took a listening practice test, In which the condition was "Use no more than two words OR/AND a Number"....

The answer which I gave was 92.4%, but in the book`s answer sheet the answer was 92.4 percent ....

In another book, i saw the same scenario "Use no more than two words OR/AND a Number". Their answer was 92.4% .......

Now I am totally confused and lost.

Please help me out. Which one is correct? A combination of number & symbol counts as one number? Or one number & one word?

Or they don't even include symbols in the count? Because in one Question the condition was "Use no more than three words OR/AND a Number", and the correct answer was "2-3 weeks".....

Another case is 2/3, is it one word or number?

Please help me. thanks in advance.

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Nov 25, 2014
IELTS Listening Instructions
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Yugvir,

It should be fine to write 92.4% or 92.4 percent.

Maybe it was an error in the answer key and they did not tell you that it could also be "%" (or "percent" in the case of your other example).

Which books are you using to practice from?

I'm not sure if 92.4% counts as one number or one number and one word, but that does not matter. The percentage is needed if it is given in the listening (and is not written on the question sheet) so you would be given the right options to write it.

"2-3" would count as two numbers.

Apr 22, 2015
Mixing up
by: Mahsa

Hi
I did not realize that which answer is true ?
Please explain more precise
the tips were not good

Jul 29, 2016
Query
by: Anonymous

If asked to write no more than two words e.g. Techniques, training is "and" classified as a third word although if completing a sentence would not make sense without it...

Aug 06, 2016
'And'
by: IELTS buddy

All words count as 'words', so yes 'and' would.

Sep 20, 2017
No more than two words and/or a number
by: Anonymous

Hi!!!

Could anyone please explain me about this meaning???

They said using no more than three words and / or a number. Can I write both of these sentences?

Here is the examples.

→ Five dollars.
→5 dollars.

I really don't know among both of this sentences which one is correct????

Thank you for your kindly answering my question.

And I really want you to explain me the detail meaning about "USE NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/ OR A NUMBER"

Sep 20, 2017
No more than three words and / or a number
by: IELTS buddy

It means you can have up to three words (you wrote 'two' in your post title but 'three' in your post). So:

"He ate at"

That's three words, but one or two is ok:

"He"
"He ate"

But you can also have a (ONE) number, as it says AND a number if you want, so:

"He ate at 5"

That's three words AND a number. But it also says OR a number. So you could have a number and no words:

"5"

So basically any of these would be ok:

"He"
"He ate"
"He ate at"
"He ate at 5"
"5"
"five" (that's one word)

Of course what you do actually write in the answer key will depend on the question.

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Word Limits

by Asad

Hi,

If instructions are not more than two words or number and I wrote complete date of birth including year like 01.10.1986 then is my answer correct?

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Aug 20, 2016
Listening Instructions
by: IELTS buddy

It's difficult to really know if what you wrote is correct without seeing the test to know what was read out and what gap needed to be filled in in the booklet.

It does look wrong though because it said two numbers and you used three.

As I said though difficult to know without seeing everything.

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IELTS Listening: Comparative words (more/much more) in answer

by Faisal
(Bangladesh)


Hello, I have a problem in Section 3 of Listening Part of Test 4, Cambridge IELTS 9. Here a part of the dialogue between two persons (Kira and Paul) is attached in image form. At one point of time during the conversation (the very last underlined sentence), Kira says she feels "much more confident" when asked by Paul how she feels after passing an academic year at her university.

Now in question 29 it is asked-"Having completed the year, how does Kira feel?" and in answer key it is written "confident". Since the question has a limitation of NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER, would it be right to write MUCH CONFIDENT or MUCH MORE CONFIDENT as answer?

Thanks in advanced.

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Oct 13, 2016
Listening Part of Test 4, Cambridge IELTS 9
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

I am sure that MUCH MORE CONFIDENT would be accepted even if the answer key says CONFIDENT only, as it does say 3 words is ok.

But MUCH CONFIDENT is not grammatically correct (we don't say that in English) so it would be wrong.

MORE CONFIDENT may also be accepted.

Oct 18, 2016
Thanking Note
by: Faisal

Thanks for your help

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One Word

by Preet

In my IELTS test it was given in question to write only one word. The answer of the one question was 12 July.

Want to know does it count as a one word or there is some other way of writing it.

Thank you

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Jan 17, 2017
One word
by: IELTS buddy

That would count as 'one word and a number'. I can't explain why the test you looked at said 'one word'. Maybe it is an error in the test.

Feb 03, 2017
ONE WORD
by: NAGENDRABABU

In one practice test, I answered question type "ONE WORD ONLY" that was "STOCK MARKET".

I clearly listened to this word and it is the answer for my question but is this one word or two words??

When I was typed this word in dictionary I got the meaning for "STOCK MARKET" as a whole and there is no hyphenation between stock and market. Please give the clarity about word count in my answer.

Feb 03, 2017
ONE WORD
by: IELTS buddy

It's two words. Are you sure your answer was correct? Was there an answer key for the test you were doing?

Aug 02, 2017
Ash
by: Anonymous

Instructions were no more than three words or a number. I had written 15metres.
Is this right or wrong.

Aug 04, 2017
Ash
by: IELTS buddy

That's ok though it should be 15 metres, not 15metres.

Jul 09, 2018
answer key
by: Fernanda

If I write photocard for example, but in the answer key it says photo card, will my answer be wrong? I looked it up and it is not wrong to write photocard.

Another example is that in the answer key was education system but I wrote educational system. Will that be wrong?

Thank you!

Jul 12, 2018
answer key
by: IELTS buddy

The first one should be marked right.

But for the second one it really depends on the type of question it was for. If it had to fit in a gap and 'educational' does not fit grammatically for example it would be wrong.

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Conjunctions

by Sergio
(Brazil)

Hi! I have been studying, my exam will be held in two days, and I still have this doubt:

When there is a word limit ("no more than 2 words"), will the conjunction "and" be counted?

For example "coal AND fuel", or we have to use comma instead.. I would appreciate any help,

Thanks

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Sep 17, 2017
Conjunctions
by: IELTS buddy

Yes all words count so just write in the words that are needed for the answer.

Nov 24, 2017
Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS or A NUMBER for each answer
by: Anonymous

Isn't it suppose to mean EITHER WORDS or A NUMBER?
For example:
five boxes = ok (two words)
5 boxes = wrong (one word AND a number)

Am I missing something?

Nov 26, 2017
EITHER WORDS or A NUMBER?
by: IELTS buddy

You don't normally get "EITHER WORDS or A NUMBER".

It would be:

"EITHER WORDS and / or A NUMBER"

Dec 14, 2017
Listening
by: Anonymous

If we have two words in answer but wrote one word. Will the one word evaluated or corrected??

Dec 15, 2017
Listening
by: IELTS buddy

Your question is not really that clear. If the answer requires two words, for example 'planet earth', then yes you would need those two words.

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Number of words

In IELTS practice allowed words was 2. I wrote 'supermarket' but the correct answer was 'local supermarket'.

Question is how could I know where I should write 1 or words because 1 word answer is also correct.

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Apr 09, 2018
Number of words
by: IELTS buddy

You say that one word answer was also correct. If that is the case then you will still get the point.

When it says no more than 2 words, then the answers could be one word, two words, or possible both - both meaning one word is in brackets which means its optional.

For example, (local) supermarket.

Without seeing the actual test you took though I can't really say for sure what was the correct answer. If it's an official IELTS Cambridge test and no mistake has been made with the answer key, then if it say 'supermarket' then I assume 'local supermarket' did not fit for some reason.


If the one word answer was also correct then

Jun 03, 2018
No more than 1 word or number
by: Anonymous

Hi
In my listening test it said no more than one word and the articles were written in the question book but I wrote the articles with the answers in the answer sheet is that okay?

Jun 07, 2018
No more than 1 word or number
by: IELTS buddy

No it will probably get marked wrong. You should only place the word that is missing in the gap, not extra words that are on the question sheet.

Jun 25, 2018
Not more than three words
by: Anonymous

Please tell me if I write one word answer and in the answer key there are two words.
My answer will be wrong or correct.
For eg:i wrote characteristics
Answer key says. Outstanding characteristics

Aug 09, 2018
A cheesy query.
by: Anonymous

Write no more than three words.

What if the answer on a question is given like this -> special grant

I write the answer like this -> a special grant

Will i get marks?

___

The same query goes for, Write no more than 2 words where, the answer is -> grant

And i write -> special grant

Will I get marks?

Aug 11, 2018
A cheesy query.
by: IELTS buddy

I'm not really sure if you are asking about whether articles are allowed or if you don't understand what 'no more than three words' means.

If it says no more than three words then the answer could be 1, 2, or 3 words, but not more than that.

But I don't know whether the correct answer to the question you are asking about was "special grant " or "a special grant". I'd need to see the test.

Both fit in terms of the word count but I'd need to know about the context to see if the article should have been there or not.

If it did not fit grammatically with the article then it would be wrong.

Same for your second question - both of those meet the word count criteria but it depends what the correct answer was. If the answer key said 'grant' then I assume 'special grant' did not fit and is not correct.

If it also fits then it should also be correct. If both fit the answer key should be:

(special) grant

That means it is correct with or without 'special'.

Sep 23, 2018
Confusion
by: Anonymous

Is there any difference between 'three words and/or a number' and 'three words or a number'

Sep 27, 2018
Confusion
by: IELTS buddy

Yes there is a difference, and the key is the word 'and'.

'three words and/or a number'

In this one you could write three words (or less) AND a number. For example 'pay cheque 5'.

But it also says OR a number, so it could be '5' with no words at all.

'three words or a number'

But this one has no AND so you have to choose either some words or a number.

'pay cheque' or '5'. You can't have words and numbers together in the answer.

Obviously what you end up actually putting down depends on the question / answer.

Oct 02, 2018
No more than three words.
by: Milan Bhunatar

There was a question which asked that how many dollars for the total trip? It said no more than three words.

I wrote twelve hundred dollars but they said the answer is 1200$.

Is it true?

Oct 02, 2018
No more than three words.
by: IELTS buddy

It could have been $1200 but not 1200$.

If it said 'no more than three words' and you said 'twelve hundred dollars' then that fits and would be correct.

Maybe it was an error in the test answers. Was it a real old Cambridge test or from somewhere else?

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