Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’ll find out about spelling and abbreviation rules for IELTS.

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You should use the comma and write ‘2,020’. (Don’t put a comma if it is a year, though!)

Also, if the answer requires a unit of measurement, like kilometers, you can just use the abbreviation of ‘km’.

However, don’t abbreviate anything else.

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In addition, if the answer requires a symbol, like $, just put the symbol, and don’t spell out the word ‘dollars’.

These rules also apply to Academic Writing Task 1don’t spell out symbols, such as % or $, and always have those symbols before every number they apply to.

You can, likewise, abbreviate units of measurement, like km.

However, in Task 2, do not abbreviate or use contractions. You must still use the currency and percent symbols, though.

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