It's really important to know how many words you need to write and to make sure you don't write more or fewer. You will lose marks for writing too much or not writing enough! 

  • Don’t spend a long time counting words. It’s more important to spend time thinking about what you are writing and reviewing your writing. 

  • Practise writing at home so you know more or less how much of your writing on a page is 60 words, 100 words or 150 words. 

  • If you want to count the words, count how many words in a normal line and multiple by the number of lines. This will give you an approximate number of words, not an exact number of words, but it is quicker than counting every word, as long as your maths is OK!
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Do you count the words in a writing exam? Do you always write too few or too many words? 


mossan's picture
mossan 5 October, 2016 - 18:36

When we write we use computers so it is very easy to check their so i do check but i would not count. I usually write a litte too much but not an overload.

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harryngh 3 August, 2015 - 11:22

At home, I count the number of words in my writing. But I think the quality of the writing is much more important, so I try not to get obsessed about the number of words.

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Sriram 6 September, 2014 - 12:22

No, to me, counting words is a total waste of time. Besides, checking of my writing is much more important as compared to merely counting the number of words.

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