Vocabulary plays quite an important role in the IELTS Exam. IELTS vocabulary constitutes 25% of your marks in the Speaking & Writing Section and helps a lot in the Reading & listening sections. Hence, knowing IELTS vocabulary tips and wordlists are going to enhance your IELTS score.
Having good Vocabulary in IELTS Reading & Listening tests, makes it easy to get our answers correct & having a wider range of vocabulary helps you not only understand the question, but also locate the answers through skimming and scanning, using synonyms and connect the contexts better.
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Why is vocabulary important in IELTS?
- It is important to have a flexible use of a wide range of vocabulary for IELTS as the examiner will be looking for this in the writing and speaking
- It is also necessary for your reading so that you understand the texts as they will have a lot of difficult words.
- When it comes to IELTS academic writing, more of academic words should be included for both the tasks. Everyday language should be avoided and it should be strictly academic.
- Coming to IELTS general writing, if you task-1 is a casual letter, you should include more of phrasal verbs and casual language. In case of a formal letter, more of formal language with good words should be included. Task-2, which is an essay should consists academic words in case of both the modules.
IELTS Vocabulary Tips
- Learning long lists of words won’t improve your score, you need to learn words by context and topic
- Write to express not impress. Your main priority should be to communicate clearly and effectively. Therefore, you need to find a balance between accuracy, appropriacy and range. A single heavy word isn’t giving you the score you need.
- You can use hard copies or online versions such as dictionary.com and thesaurus.com. When you come across a new word, look it up in the dictionary. An online dictionary will give you the definition and will let you hear the pronunciation.
- Group words together that relate to a similar topic to make it easier to remember and relate them. These categories could be food, hobbies, nature, society, etc.
- List words that the word collocates with. For example, manage effectively; manage competently; efficient management; competent management, etc.
- Learn one word each day. Check the menu or sidebar of alwaysielts.com for this.