雅思写作考试字数要求明确，Task 1 个至少 150 字，Task 2 至少 250 字。但是很多雅思考生还是有这样的问题。考官在判断雅思写作试卷时是如何统计字数的？标点符号算字数吗？就像 and, 'is,' that, 'in,' a, 'an' 像 “the” 这样的单词算字数吗？如果字数不够，你会扣分吗？本文将参考雅思考试大纲和一些官方资料，结合考生的提问，讲解雅思考官判断字数的几个标准。
Candidates must write at least 150 words for their Task 1 report or letter, and at least 250 words for their Task 2 essay. Answers under the minimum number of words are penalized using a sliding scale system. This means that the more an answer is under length, the greater the penalty is. Details of the level of the penalties are confidential.
A group of words that have been copied straight from the exam paper are not included in the word count. For example, if the words "young people are often encouraged "are taken from the question paper without any change, five words are taken off the answer 's total word count. This may result in a marking penalty for an under length answer.
Wording that has been taken from the question paper with only very small changes in the words, or in the word order, is not counted. The answer receives a marking penalty if the new total word count is now less than the minimum number of words for Task 1 or Task 2 answers.
Words that can be written as one or two words, depending on the dictionary used or general usage, are counted as they 're written on the answer sheet. For instance, per cent is counted as two words, but percent is only counted as one word.
Compounds that are normally written as two words (eg.,"bus stop") but which have been wrongly written as one word ( "bus stop") count as only one word. Similarly, "even though"-the incorrect joining of the two words "even though" -is counted as one word. This acts as a marking penalty for the error by the candidate.