Punctuation in IELTS Listening

by Aiana

Can I write answers using commas?

The speaker on the tape was talking about vitamins, their functions, which products we can get them from. When talking about vitamin C she said:

We need 30 mg a day, and can only really get this amount from eating plenty of citrus fruit and fresh vegetables.

(Her exact words. If you are wondered how I managed to memorize them: I was doing a practice listening and I just pasted the sentence from a transcript)

I could write no more than 3 words, and in a column where to get it, I wrote: citrus fruits, vegetables.

In answer key, the correct answer was: fruits and vegetables.

So my questions is: can I write answers using commas or it will be considered as incorrect?

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Oct 28, 2016
by: IELTS buddy


You are worrying about the wrong thing.

It's not the punctuation that is important it is whether you got the right answer or not.

The answer was 'fruit and vegetables' but you wrote 'citrus fruit and vegetables' so the answer is wrong. You will be marked because you got the wrong answer, not because you write a comma in there.

I'm not aware that commas ever appear in listening test answers, but even if they did, it would be unlikely you'd be marked wrong if you missed it out.

The test is testing your listening skills, and you can't hear punctuation so it would not really be fair to grade you on it.

Jun 24, 2017
Ielts listening: new type of question
by: Anonymous

In listening section, the audio said ' the title of this subject is social studies colon (:) research'

I was asked to write the answer in 3 words.

Question was:

Title _________

I answered 'social studies; research'

So I used the wrong punctuation i.e. semi colon instead of a colon

Will I lose a mark for this.

Jun 28, 2017
Ielts listening: new type of question
by: IELTS buddy

You don't need to use punctuation in IELTS listening test answer, so I'd be very surprised if you lost a mark for that.

As you got the right words I'm sure it would just be marked correct (or it certainly should be).

Jul 26, 2017
confusion regarding filling two blanks in same question
by: Shiraz

In IELTS Listening..How to write answer in following scenario:

Q- New technology allowed the production of goods made of...........and..........

The correct answer is 'Metal & Leather' but how to write two answers in same place on answer sheet?

Should I write them like this A- metal,leather or B- metal/leather or C- metal leather ?
Which one is correct?

On the answer key of Cambridge paper 6 Test 1, it's written as option B..metal/leather
but in some answer keys, when we are in above mentioned scenario, They write answer as option C..neither using a Comma nor a Slash..

Please Clarify...Thank You

Jul 27, 2017
confusion regarding filling two blanks in same question
by: IELTS buddy

It wouldn't really matter as long as you wrote both words down.

Sometimes it may appear as two questions so (2)......and (3)...... in which of course there would be a separate place in the answer key for each question.

If it was (2)...... and ....... then just write both words in the answer key box.

It won't matter if you write both words with no slash or you could put a slash.

Oct 29, 2017
by: Anonymous

The ans was door-to-door...but I wrote door to door. Will it be correct? And is space necessary in writing digits in listening?

Oct 30, 2017
by: IELTS buddy

They don't publicise whether they accept a word without hyphens when it should have them, but I expect they do.

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