overusing vocabulary in your ielts test

I highlighted in an essay some words that I feel would be better left out of your essay. They serve no purpose other than to make communication more difficult. Note that they can be removed and leave an easier to read sentence. They will only be of value if they are adding precision or clarity to … Read more

Collocations IELTS Speaking Writing

Collocations in your IELTS writing and speaking test is extremely important because it’s one of the indicators of your level of vocabulary. Collocations are words that naturally fit together. Awareness of collocations is extremely important for your English to be natural and correct. You can see in the example below how the words fast and quick used. Although … Read more

IELTS Vocabulary and avoiding repetition

Avoiding repetition is extremely important to score well for vocabulary as you want to show the examiner that you have a wide RANGE of vocabulary. Below are three ways to avoid repetition. 1.Use pronouns Pronouns are words such as: he/she/it this/that/these/those one both The way these words work is that they refer back to something already … Read more

language to structure answer

The phrases below can be used to add coherence to your part 2 answer by guiding the listener regarding what particular aspect you are talking about. Opening: Introductory phrases to use when you start your talk: I’m going to talk about… OK, I’m going to describe… Well, I’d like to talk about… The first point: The … Read more

check ielts vocabulary level

Vocabulary Level Check Knowing how good your vocabulary range is can be tested in many different ways, but the method we are going to use here is based on a series of vocabulary based frequency lists developed by Batia Laufer & Paul Nation. There are eighteen questions below, and you have to decide which word … Read more

Dealing with unknown words

Dealing with unknown words in your IELTS reading or listening test The reading test uses articles and extracts that cover a wide-range of topics and no specialist knowledge is needed to answer the questions. However, you will encounter unfamiliar words and you need to work on strategies to deal with these. You should not waste … Read more

Tips increase IELTS vocabulary score

IELTS VOCABULARY TIPS For both the IELTS speaking and writing exam your vocabulary (lexical resource) accounts for 25% of your score. Therefore, part of your preparation for the exam should be to improve your range of vocabulary. For the speaking exam, I highly recommend that you learn some idiomatic expressions as this is important to … Read more

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