Using All Capital Letters in the IELTS Listening and Reading Tests

by Moktadir
(Sydney, Australia)

Is it alright to answer in all capital letter in listening and reading section? I always make mistakes in capitalization. Most of time instead of starting a word with a capital letter, I use lower case, such as for Central Bank - I write either central bank or Central bank, which both are wrong answer.

In this case, if I write CENTRAL BANK - will it be correct/wrong?

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Oct 01, 2012
Using capital letters in the IELTS test
by: IELTS buddy


Yes, it is fine to use all capital letters. This is taken from the British Council IELTS website:

"As you listen, write your answers on the question paper. At the end of the test, you will have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet in pencil. You may write your answers in lower case or capital letters."

So if you do have problems with knowing whether to choose capitals or not, this can help.

It's the same for the reading, but most of your responses in the reading come from the text, so you should be able to see if it is capitals or not.


Oct 01, 2012
Improve Your IELTS Bands
by: Syed Hussain


Yes You can use all capital letters because CENTRAL BANK is a Noun.



Oct 14, 2012
Captial letter
by: Anonymous

What if, we written a word starting with a capital letter (Central) as answer in IELTS listening test? Is it wrong?

Oct 17, 2012
Using capital letters in the IELTS test
by: IELTS buddy

If it is a word that NEEDS a capital letter, then you must use one, and your answer will be correct. For example the name of a city:


If it does not, then don't use a capital letter.

Or, as discussed above, you could put all your answers in capitals.

Nov 07, 2012
by: Anonymous

I have mentioned HI in capital letters. Is it wrong?

Nov 08, 2012
IELTS capitalization
by: Anonymous

Hi friends, "nothing is wrong".

For example, if the word "public" is the answer in your listening test, u can write it as Public or PUBLIC or public - not a problem at all.

Because i wrote my IELTS exam recently and feared a lot thinking that my listening module will get zero marks as I answered in all the above said formats for different questions.

I got 8.5 in my listening. write as you like.

But, be on safer side by writing either in all capitals (PUBLIC) or all small letters (public).

In cambridge esol IELTS 8 book, on page 8, under listening and reading header in third paragraph see the line in first bullet.

Upper case or lower case.
all the best

Feb 11, 2013
Thank you
by: Mew

It's useful. Thank you very much.

Feb 22, 2013
doudt about listening and reading
by: sundeep

hello I have a doubt regarding listening and reading, some answers are from between the sentences (like The ----- eat) can we write in capital letters or is it mandatory to write in small letters.

Feb 26, 2013
Capitals in IELTS
by: IELTS buddy


You can use capitals or small letters. It doesn't matter.


Mar 03, 2013
Using capital letters in the IELTS Reading test
by: Anonymous

Recently I appeared in IELTS exam and I wrote all my answers for reading section in capital letters. For e.g. HOUSE. Is it correct???

(yes, that is ok. IELTSbuddy).

Mar 08, 2013
Is it ok to write all answers in CAPITAL letters in ielts exm
by: sudheesh

today i have ielts exam. The above people questions answers.. Are more helpful to me to write my exam. Thank u friends...

Apr 04, 2013
writing the letters
by: Anonymous

hi friends recently complete my ielts exam .in that exam i write the upper case and lower case both are mixing like for example "the word is library"then i write"Library"is it wright or wrong plese tell me guys.....

May 06, 2013
Upper and lower case
by: Anonymous


I found this article but am not sure about its veracity:

Please post if you have some information if this is right or through.
It says that writing words in listening text can be marked as correct ether it is written for ex "China", "china" or "cHina".

Jun 20, 2013
Indepth doubts clarication
by: Anonymous

If you choose to answer all question either in lower case or upper case capital letter both have different doubts.

Firstly in lower case how do you answer Q needs to be answered option of A-Z here is it ok to answer 'a' or A and also about true, false or not given or True,False or Not Given or all letters in capital

Secondly in capital letter case how do I write the roman letters for exp (i, ii, III and iv) or else (I, II, III and IV )

Jul 31, 2013
by: Anonymous

yes you can write all answers in capital or in small only in case of listening and reading.

Aug 18, 2013
Transfer to answer sheet
by: Anonymous

In readıng part , if write down capital letter of yes or no , is it problem,

like i wote down Y instead of yes or NG instead of not given

Sep 19, 2013
by: Anonymous

I appeared in IELTS exam on 17th August. I wrote all the answer in Capital for both listening and reading modules. I got 7.5 and 7.0 respectively. So, it is best idea to answer all question in capital. But never write in short i.e NG instead of NOT GIVEN.

Sep 21, 2013
hi in ilets exam idp
by: Anonymous

can we write NG T F for not given true false in answer sheet

Sep 29, 2013
capital letters
by: Anonymous

is it right to write all the reading answer in capital even they are from text (lower case in text)
can any one tell me
pls thanks

Sep 30, 2013
Answer in Capital Letter
by: Himanshu

Yes you can write in Capital letters without considering main text

Nov 20, 2013
by: Anonymous

is there any problem if I mixed with upper case and lower case letter

Nov 23, 2013
IELTS uppercase
by: Himanshu

No, You have to follow only one kind of pattern. Either lower case or upper case. If you always right in upper case, it will make easy to forget when to write in lower case and when to in upper case (i.e. The French Revolution, here T, F and R must be in Capital)

Nov 25, 2013
Dilemma in Listening and Reading Answers
by: Anonymous

Hello Sir/Madam;

I wrote my IELTS Exam on 9th of november 2013
I wrote all my Answers from reading and writing in Upper case (capital letters).....for Instance: EXAM

I hope that I did well during the exam time but after I got my results I was shocked with my score
I never got 5.5 Bands in listening and I expected at least 7 or 7.5 what happened I didn't understood I got 5.5 both in listening and reading very sad :(((

Please help me friends I got depressed .......

Nov 25, 2013
by: Himanshu

There is nothing wrong that you wrote in capital letters. It is really bad feeling as you got only 5.5 in L & R module. There might be something wrong with your answer or you might have lost your calm. If you are quite sure about your god performance during exam, you can go for rechecking option.

Nov 30, 2013

HI, Can anyone tell me that is it right or not in listening test?
If i want to use all capital letter in exam.
If this date above is wrong. then how i can write

plz help me

Nov 30, 2013
by: Anonymous

of course, I will recommend all my friend to check this website before you start any type of preparation for IELTS.

Dec 12, 2013
tell me sone tips
by: Anonymous

i appear on 9 nov 2013 i got 5.5 in listening i expect 7 i don't know why i got such low score i got 6.5 in speaking 6 in writing and reading .

Dec 13, 2013
Need help
by: Anonymous

can we write NG T F for not given true false in answer sheet?? Some one please tell me . I couldn't find answer of this question

Dec 29, 2013
Advice required - should roman numerals be capital letters in IELTS reading and listening
by: Anonymous

I got 7.5, 6.5, 7.5 and 6.5 in my previous ielts test and then I applied capital letter rule in reading and listening and wrote all the answers in reading and listening answer sheet in capital letters.

I got 8, 5.5, 7, and 7 in my recent ielts test I am shocked to get 5.5 in reading test, as far as i know i made a mistake to write roman numbers in lower case like i ii iii instead of I II III otherwise I wrote all English words in capital.

Does it matter for roman numbers to write in lowercase and uppercase or can be written in any case. I think I lost marks only due to lowercase of roman numbers.

Please share personal experience...

Jan 12, 2014
writing in numbers
by: Hajjsitd


I will be taking my IELTS this week. I am just wondering if we can write numbers in numbers (i.e. 13th, 75th, 16, 11) instead of words (eleventh, Ninth, a thousand.)

Thank you

Jan 20, 2014
by: Anonymous

Hi, I'm taking ielts test on 25th jan 2014. I'm confused about which letter (capital or small) I give reading answer. plz tell me

Jan 20, 2014
Answer in Capital
by: Himanshu

Only in CAPITAL, It will be helpful

Jan 25, 2014
capital letter
by: Anonymous

I hsve one question that in previous ielts exam question was asked with ? Indication and i wrote answer in capital letter ( Camel ) it is write or wrong please tell me

Jan 27, 2014
Capital Letter
by: Himanshu

Yes, you can write CAMEL.

Jan 30, 2014
by: Anonymous

If I wrote "car" and the answer key is "a car" is that considered a wrong answer in the ielts ?

Jan 30, 2014
Answers of Answer key
by: Himanshu

Yes, IT is wrong as we need to write answer as per rules of Grammer. But, if you have doubt you can write answer (A) CAR i.e. article A in bracket. Same you can apply for plural i.e. WAITER(S).

Feb 01, 2014
doubt in ielts writing
by: Abhi

i had my ielts test today ...
in writing i feel more tense and even i forgot to leave space between each paragraph ..
will it be penalised...

Feb 01, 2014
Essay Paragraph
by: Himanshu


It would be good,if you had written with a space b/w each paragraph as it is quite easy to read and understand. But, It will not effect your marks.
Could you tell me, what was the topic ? How many paragraphs did you write in?

Feb 02, 2014
Here is my prompt
by: Abhi

i had written 5 paragraphs including introduction and conclusion...

My prompt is:

"some people think there must be a break between secondary and univ edu while some people think that there should be no break student have to go straight to univ" ....

i wrote firstly while starting the body of first para and secondly at the starting of 2nd para and however at 3rd para ...

finally I mentioned In conclusion ...

Feb 05, 2014
by: Himanshu

Hi, Abhi

I hope you started with Introduction and ended with a proper conclusion. Also, It is necessary to paraphrase both the sentence before starting each paragraph. Elaborated reasons with proper Grammar and Punctuation would give you desired result.

Feb 09, 2014
by: NTR

How to write the answers on ielts answer sheet, is it in capital or small letters (Eg:LISTENING or listening and Listening). Plzzz get me this help getting confused

Feb 09, 2014
by: Himanshu

It is good idea to write in capital all letters. It will help you to write error free words according to grammar rules. I got 7:5 and 7.0 in listening and reading by this practice.

Mar 07, 2014
Writing academic
by: Anonymous

Today writing academic topic
Some people think young people should study full time education till 18 yrs of age
Do u agree or disagree

Mar 09, 2014
words with Hyphen
by: Anonymous


Is it correct to write co-operative as cooperative?

Again I also am confused writing a word using capital & small letters (the way we generally do). For example say:

What is the name for a group of family doctors working in the same building together?
Ans: 'Practices' or 'practices'?

I believe 'Practices' should be the right one as it is the name of a group. But in the book the answer is given as practices.

What should i do?

Mar 09, 2014
Answer in Capital letter
by: Himanshu

You must write CO-OPERATIVE. And for second question: to avoid such kind of confusing situation, it is better to write all alphabets in capital.

Apr 10, 2014
letter case
by: Anonymous

how can i write like date eg: seventeenth century
and fifth day

May 01, 2014
Answer in Answer Keys
by: Vrajesh J

it has become difficult for me to evaluate my right scores of practice exams, confusions causes due to below reasons.

when my answer is Stereo System, in the pass key its given (a) (Stereo) System...

So whats implication of bracket given in answer key, is it showing optional or mandatory words of 'a' and 'Stereo' along with word 'System'.

When my answer is 25, in the pass key its give ($)25, let me tell you question itself was containing $ sign but it has been repeated in answer key with confused

same confusion with a, an, the many of the answers are given in answer key with a, an, the in bracket..

Kindly revert asap.
m appearing exam this May

May 02, 2014
Words in brackets in the IELTS listening test
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Vrajesh,

A word in brackets means that you can have it in your answer or not, both is ok.

I don't understand why the dollar sign would have been in brackets if it appeared on the actual test. That seems strange. Maybe it was an error on the paper you were looking at.

May 03, 2014
by: Anonymous

Thanks Ielts Buddy
For clear and to the point Answer.


May 06, 2014
by: awais

Hi can anyone tell me if i get 28 or 29 right answers in reading section what will be my band?
I understand if i get 30 right my band is 7.

May 11, 2014
writing time
by: nimbby

Hi. I'll be taking the IELTS exam soon. And I'm preparing right now. How do you write the time for listening? As in the practice test, the answer is 9.30 (am). My answer was 9:30 a.m. Does it mean I'm wrong?

May 11, 2014
Capital and Paragraph
by: Himanshu

you can write either 9.00 AM or 9.00 AM. But, it is always good to follow the examples given in set of questions. Sometimes, it could be written 9/ 9.00 / 9.00 AM. In short, if your answer is within the required word limit, no need to worry.

May 17, 2014
Right or wrong
by: Kasir

Can anybody tell me, I write all my answers in reading and writing ,1st word capital and other small?? For an instance Police, will it consider right or not?

Jun 01, 2014
Using upper case in listening
by: Aanita

I have always problem with upper/ lowercase. If I want to use upper case, do I have to write all 40 answer in upper case or we can write upper case only confusing answers? For instance all my answers are correct expect 2 or 3 and I am confused about it.. So I can write all upper case letter for that 3 questions.

Jun 01, 2014
Answer in uppercase
by: Himanshu

I strongly recommend you to write all your answers in UPPERCASE regardless of question type.

Jun 06, 2014
Write Dollar or Pounds instead of the sign
by: Danny

Is is OK to write the the letter dollar/Pounds instead of the sign?

Jun 07, 2014
Dollar or pound sign
by: Himanshu

Generally, it is not harmful to write in full instead of sign of dollar or pound. But, it is quite necessary to take care if you are going to write answer of table where former or letter answer is in sign.

Jun 07, 2014
by: katrin b

Hi, is it wrong to write True,False,NOT GIVEN in reading...
I didn't write all capitals

Jun 09, 2014
Capital answer
by: Himanshu

Katrin, Sorry but your question is not clear.

Jun 09, 2014
by: Anonymous

Do I have to write True, False, Not Given answers all in capital in reading test or just start with capital is fine?

for example,

True or TRUE
False or FALSE
Not Given or NOT GIVEN

Which one is correct?

Jul 14, 2014
Writing NG instead of 'not given'
by: Anonymous

i wrote NG instead of 'not given' in ielts exam coz i was in so pressure n hurry.......will i get marks if my answers are still correct?

Jul 20, 2014
by: M

i am always confusing in upper case and lower case in ielts lisetening section.what should i do to get higher score in ielts? Help me

Jul 22, 2014
by: Anonymous

Do IDP accept all the answers written in UPPER CASE?

Aug 15, 2014
Wrong date
by: Anonymous

i marked the month incorrectly does it matter?

Aug 17, 2014
wrong answer
by: IELTS buddy

If you put in the wrong answer it will be marked wrong.

Aug 18, 2014
confusion about including articles in listening test
by: Anonymous


I have recently given my ielts test through Idp and I scored 6.5 in listening as well as in reading, individually.

I was shocked to look at my scores as I had very well prepared for the test.I have practiced a lot and still got a disappointing result to me. Am giving the test again next month through British council as am not satisfied with the score I got. I want to know how we should write the answers in the listening test.

I was able to write all the answers correctly but sometimes making mistakes while including the articles. I crosschecked the audio where they said the rajdooth hotel but in the answer sheet they gave the answer only as rajdooth. Can we write the articles in our answers if they are mentioned in the audio?

Kindly give me some suggestions that I can make to improve my score.
Thank you!

Aug 23, 2014
confusion about including articles in listening test
by: Anonymous

Please someone respond to my questions about how to include articles with the answers. Please help me with this, as my exam is in 2 days.

Aug 27, 2014
Articles in speaking
by: IELTS buddy


Sorry I just saw your post. It is too late now as you have taken the test.

I don't know about the specific test you are talking about with the hotel (I'd need to see it to see what you mean) but there is not a special rule for the IELTS test and articles.

The answers must be grammatically correct. If an article is needed to make it grammatically correct then it should be put in.

Like I say, I can't really commment on your hotel example without seeing it.


Sep 06, 2014
ielts reading
by: Anonymous

in ielts reading I have written whole answer instead of writing only the option what they have instructed to do.

will it reduce the mark??

Sep 11, 2014
Reply for this please..
by: Anonymous

Is it write if we put T for true, F for false and NG for not given

Sep 16, 2014
T, F, NG

What did it say in the instructions? Always read them carefully and follow exactly what they say.

Sep 18, 2014

If one is asked to write TRUE, FALSE, NOT GIVEN in full, and answer will be written T,F, NG, candidate will be punished in marks.

Sep 29, 2014
by: Sekar

In RC I have written the complete answers instead of writing the options as (B),(C) or what ever Will there be any punishment in marks for what I have done in RC..
Kindly clarify me.

Oct 02, 2014
Answer in the test
by: IELTS buddy


If you didn't follow what you were told in the instructions then it will probably be wrong.

Oct 21, 2014
reply me its very urgent
by: Anonymous

2 days before i gave the ielts exam, i have one question that in reading or listening i wrote all answer in small but started with capital, even fill in the blanks also i started in capital letter and rest was smaller like (Simple) i have doubt that for doing this they will cut my marks or not..i am very worried 4 this..plz clear my doubt soon

Oct 22, 2014
plz rply me
by: Anonymous

no one is here to solve my problem..plz rply my question

Oct 22, 2014
Capital letter or small
by: IELTS buddy


This is what it says on the official IELTS site:

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

So from this, I can only deduce that "Simple" would be ok.


Oct 23, 2014
reply plz
by: Anonymous

If i write `Combination` between the sentence, so they will cut my know I wrote all answer in like that in fill in the blanks. plz reply me

Oct 25, 2014
Capital letter or small
by: IELTS buddy

Sorry but I don't understand your question

Oct 25, 2014
i am worried
by: Anonymous

i mean, in reading, between fill in the blanks if i write lower case but start with capital letter like (Innocent or Help). so they will cut my band.

Nov 09, 2014
worried abt listening an reading
by: raghuram

Recently on november 8 i took my test, here in test of reading and listening, i gave my test in all capitals...example for business i wrote BUSINESS,is it okay? and for the rest of answers i did the same for listening and reading for all 40 questions .. am bit worried about it? is it fine? plz tell me?

Nov 11, 2014
if there is mistake can i erase it and write
by: Anonymous

I started writing the answers from leftside providing an