Word Count in IELTS
1. Numbers, dates and time are counted as words in the writing test.
30,000 = one word
55 = one word
9.30 am = one word
12.06.2016 = one word
2. Dates written as both words and numbers are counted separately
12th July = one number and a word
3. Symbols with numbers are not counted.
55% = one word (the symbol “%” is not counted as a word).
However, if you write it is counted as one word and one number.
4. Hyphenated words like “up-to-date” are counted as one word.
5. Compound nouns which are written as one word are counted as one word.
For example: blackboard = one word
6. All words are counted, including words in brackets.
“The majority of energy was generated by electricity (55%).”
This sentence is 9 words. The number in brackets is counted.
7. If you copy the information given in the task these words will not be counted. Always paraphrase your introductions.