Upper or Lower Case Letters for IELTS Listening and Reading


Hi ielts buddy,

I am really nervous regarding choosing what to write in listening and reading sections. So much of confusion regarding how to write capital or small letters.

Please clarify my doubt -

LISTENING- Suppose I want to write all capital letters and by any chance will i loose marks. I have given my ielts once but used lower case and used capitals when required? But its really confusing sometimes with lowercase.

Hence please suggest.

For reading:- Answers need to be taken from text. What can you suggest? How should I write all capital or all small letters in reading?


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Apr 03, 2017
Capital or small letters
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Mona,

You can use either lower case or upper case letters in IELTS listening and reading.

You could even mix them up and it would not matter (though there is no point doing that).

So don't worry and do whatever you prefer.

Apr 03, 2017
by: MONA

Hello sir,

This is my reply to the answer you gave me. Sir incase of listening section, we need to write suppose email id say rocks@gmail.com then could we write as ROCKS@GMAIL.COM ?? and also 2AM 2 PM?


In reading section we need to answer numerals to matching heading questions suppose, and in the question they have asked in the question as write numerals as answers say i,ii,iii,iv. In such cases if we opt for capital letters to write in exam in the complete reading test should we write i,ii,iii or I,II,III.

Because I have opted capital letters to write throughout the reading text but the question gives lower case numerals. Then what do in such cases. I,II,III or i,ii,ii we should write? Please suggest what to do ???


In reading section suppose i want to write lowercase letters and say in true/false/NG questions they mention to write as BLOCK LETTERS in the Question. So my doubt is If i opt to write lower case in reading throughout the component should I write in such way - True/False/Not Given or TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN?

Because the test says to be on same track if you are using lowercase or uppercase through out your test.



Apr 03, 2017
by: IELTS buddy

"2AM 2 PM"

Yes that would be ok.

"i,ii,iii or I,II,III"

It really doesn't matter - either would do and it has no connection to whether your other answers are lower / upper case.


Again it makes no difference. Upper or lower is ok, and it has no connection to whether your other answers are lower / upper case.

Apr 03, 2017
by: MONA

Sir finally whats your strong recommendation for me to write in exam . I mean your suggestion because I have exam this month and I am unable to decide what to choose lower or upper case. As YOU are the Ielts expert, I would like to ask you which one would you strongly recommend for me ? LOWERCASE OR UPPERCASE?

Apr 04, 2017
by: IELTS buddy

As I said it really makes no difference. If you get the right answer then you get the mark regardless of whether you use lower or upper case letters.

If your handwriting is not great you may want to use uppercase to make sure it can be read clearly.

Apr 05, 2017
No more than one word and/or number.
by: Zinkal

I have exam on 8th of April 2017 . I would like to some clear information regarding no more than one word and/or number.

For instance:- 10 NATIONS. So is it right or wrong answer.

Second thing is that date formation.

For instance:-10TH APRIL 2016 OR 10th APRIL 2016. Which one is correct.

Apr 05, 2017
by: Anonymous

Zinka if your asked no more than one word and/or number. It means it must be a word and number ; a word; a number. Your answer must be any one among these three.

Regarding dates -If you wish to use lower case letters then its 10th April. If u wish to use all caps in the exam its 10TH APRIL.

Apr 06, 2017
reading writing
by: gagandeep

I want to improve reading and writing modules and want get high score.

Apr 09, 2017
ielts tips
by: sonia

Hi Sir,

How I can improve my reading and writing score 7 or more?

Apr 15, 2017
regarding speaking
by: siva

I am a little bit nervous in speaking so I need a speaking partner. Would you suggest any ideas to help me...because my exam is in april 29th

Apr 16, 2017
Regarding Speaking
by: IELTS buddy

You can find someone here:


Apr 20, 2017
Singular Plural IELTS Listening
by: Anonymous

Hi i would like to know if I write "skill" in my listening exam but the correct answer is "Skills" do i get the marks? or they cut the marks if u make mistakes with singular plural?

Apr 21, 2017
Singular Plural IELTS Listening
by: IELTS buddy

It would be wrong. You must get that correct.

May 03, 2017
Upper/lower case
by: Alys

I thought we have to use upper case according to the passage. For example, if the answer is going at the beginning of a sentence, it has to be started with upper case. Isn't it true? Or for example, names must start with a capital letter ??

May 05, 2017
Upper/lower case
by: IELTS buddy

If you look on the official IELTS site is says:

"You may write your answers in lower case or capital letters."

It does not say anything about names having to start with capitals or the first letter.

Jun 28, 2017
Listening and reading answers
by: Anonymous

Sir in my ielts exam I have written all the answers in lower case and started them with a capital letter. For example: Wool, Dinner. I have done this for common nouns also. Will my answers be marked wrong?? Please tell me I am very tense.

Jun 28, 2017
Listening and reading answers
by: IELTS buddy

You will be fine as you can use either capitals or small letters and it's also ok to mix them up.

Jul 10, 2017
Lower and Upper cases
by: Anonymous

Hi, I understand that capitalization rule was newly changed. Could you give all possible sample answers for listening and reading sections? It is really bothersome. Thanks in advance.

Jan 22, 2018
asking two answers for one question in reading and listening
by: Kaushal Patel

Hello Sir, Sometimes it asks for two different words for the single answer. Like: I like......and...... as a lunch. Now, how to write the answer? Is should be: Pizza and Rice. OR it should be Pizza, Rice ? should we use "and" or ", (comma)" to give two different answers asked for one question.

Jan 22, 2018
asking two answers for one question in reading and listening
by: IELTS buddy

In IELTS listening you only ever put in what is missing from the gaps. 'And' is not missing so you should not put it on the answer sheet.

Jan 23, 2018
wo answers for one question
by: Kaushal Patel

Thank you Sir, it's still confusing, should we write answers with space only [Pizza Rice] or with a comma [Pizza, Rice]?

Jan 26, 2018
wo answers for one question
by: IELTS buddy

Either will be ok as long as you have to right answer.

Feb 18, 2018
Uppercase in listening & Lower case in reading
by: Harish

Dear sir, can I write all the 40 questions in listening section in uppercase letters & all 40 questions in reading section in lower case letters. Please help me,I have my IELTS exam in this month.

Feb 19, 2018
Uppercase in listening & Lower case in reading
by: IELTS buddy

Yes you can. For both upper or lower case is ok.

Apr 08, 2018
by: Anonymous

Sir can we write first alphabet as capital for example in no more than two words question

Phone Number

Personal Information

are these words correct

Apr 09, 2018
by: IELTS buddy

Yes that is fine.

Apr 30, 2018
by: Anonymous

Can i use all first letter in capital and remaining other in small?

Apr 30, 2018
Reading and listening
by: Anonymous

I have written all first word in capital and other remaining in small is that ok in ielts test exam?

May 02, 2018
Upper or Lower Case Letters IELTS
by: IELTS buddy

Upper or lower is ok, and it's fine to start with upper and finish with lower.

It does not matter so any combination is ok.

Sep 17, 2018
by: Anonymous

I used both capital and small letters in IELTS reading could I score band with small answer

Sep 27, 2018
IELTS Reading - Upper or Lower Case Letters
by: IELTS buddy

That is fine if you used a mix. You will be marked on whether your answer is correct, not how you use small or capital letters.

Oct 28, 2018
Mix letters on listening
by: Drew

I’m worried about my listening answers. I wrote some answers in capital letters it’s like 1 to 25 and then i had only 2 minutes left so I didn’t have much time to write all answers in capital letters then i wrote in small letters from 26 to 30.
which is okay or not?

Jan 05, 2019
Confused with those answer that I need to write in reading
by: Kristie Chong

TRUE FALSE NOT GIVEN - Can i write as like these True,Falso,Not Given ?

Sep 04, 2019
Initial letter capitalization in Listening and Reading
by: Anonymous

I wrote all the answers of Listening and Reading section with initial letter in capital. Is that okay or not?

Dec 20, 2019
Writing upper case letters for each answer in ielts listening test
by: Anonymous

Please in my ielts listening test, i wrote all my answers starting with upper case letters, even if the answer is found in the middle of a sentence. For example, 'The ........ is very big.' and the answer was apple.
But i wrote the answer starting with upper case letter like this, 'Apple'.
And that is how I wrote all my answers in the listening test.

Please will i be marked wrong?

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