Dear The IELTS Coach, I fill the answer sheets of both listening and reading in BLOCK letters to avoid any doubt in Capitalization of some letters. Is that ok??
– Talha via Facebook
Using ALL CAPITAL letters on IELTS answer sheets for the Listening & Reading sections is acceptable. So, to answer your question:
YES, it is okay to write your answers using ALL CAPITAL letters on IELTS answer sheets for listening and reading.
Here is what the British Council website has to say:
“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.“
While using all capital letters on the IELTS answer sheets for listening and reading will help you avoid losing marks on account of wrong capitalization, I hope that you will still make an effort to learn how to use capitals properly.
Firstly, you will need to use proper capitalization in the writing tasks. Spending time and effort to learn when to use capitals will ensure you do not loose marks in the writing section either.
Secondly, you will gain confidence in your English language usage. If you are taking the IELTS examinations for academic or professional purposes, you will especially want to work hard to improve the full range of your English language skills. Exam tips such as using capital letters on IELTS answer sheets have too narrow a focus. In the long run, you may discover that not having learnt proper capitalization worked against your best interests.