IELTS Vocabulary

Vocabulary to increase your score for the IELTS test.

For the speaking exam is essential to use some idiomatic expressions to get to 7 for vocabulary [lexical resource]. In order to achieve this, I suggest you learn 10 or 20 common idiomatic expressions that can be used for a wide range of topics. The idea is to learn a few well rather than trying to learn many and not being able to use them correctly or remember to use them. Practice using them by looking at sample questions and thinking which idiomatic expression can be used.

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Best Dictionary for IELTS TEST [2019]

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Band 9 vocabulary for IELTS speaking and writing tests. These splendid words are going to help you to show the examiner that you can use vocabulary flexibly and precisely, which is precisely what you must do to get to 9! You going to learn how to avoid overusing the word good and how to use synonyms for this word in flexible ways and in precise contexts.

1. Splendid
2. sensational
3. Spectacular
4. fantastic
5. outstanding
6. gorgeous
7. marvellous
8. stunning
9. exquisite

BAND 9 vocabulary for IELTS

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Adjectives to use in your IELTS speaking test. These are organized under the five types of questions I have identified from being an examiner for over 10 years, so that you can learn them, use them in your test and get a higher score in your test.


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vocabulary grade IELTS speaking test

vocabulary grade IELTS speaking test

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Vocabulary accuracy

As well as using lots of high-level words you also need to use them correctly. A common way to lower your score is to mix up idioms such as to say something costs “a leg and arm” instead of “an arm and a leg.” If you’re learning new vocabulary or unsure of a word you already know I have a useful tool for you that can help you to check how the word is actually used by showing you sample sentences of its usage.

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20 ways to learn new words

1. Underlining or highlighting words in a text
2. Using a dictionary to find the meaning of a word
3. Using pictures or diagrams in the text to help you understand some unknown words 
4. Keeping word lists and reading through them regularly
5. Using a vocabulary workbook to do exercises
6. Using an interactive vocabulary quiz on the computer
7. Drawing pictures or using colours to make words more memorable
8. Organising new vocabulary in mind maps or tables
9. Collecting and displaying examples of words in adverts, letters, packets, texts, etc.
10. Carrying cards with new words on them in your pocket
11. Recording new vocabulary onto a tape and listening to it
12. Repeating new words to yourself many times
13. Learning a song with new vocabulary in it
14. Making up a song with the vocabulary you are learning in it
15. Asking someone to explain a word to you
16. Working out the meaning of a word for yourself before checking in the dictionary
17. Using a dictionary or thesaurus to find new words on a topic you are interested in
18. Asking a friend to test you on the new words you are learning
19. Writing sentences or paragraphs using the new vocabulary
20. Explaining the vocabulary you have learnt to someone else

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