Tips increase IELTS vocabulary score

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 get to 7 and above for vocabulary. In order to achieve this, I suggest you learn about 20 idiomatic expressions that can be used for a wide range of common topics. Try to learn a few well rather than focusing on learning as many as you can. This is because this approach often results in not being able to use them correctly or forgetting to use them. See my website for usage:

 For the writing test, start by learning vocabulary under common topic areas for essays. Some of the most useful areas are as follows:
The Environment

See my website for vocabulary for these topics:

Writing Test Vocabulary

2 thoughts on “Tips increase IELTS vocabulary score”

  1. Hi Mike, could you please take a quick look at my writing (task 2 – academic) to give me an idea about what my score could be?
    Next week I will buy your writing checking package but would like to practise a bit more before.

    Write an essay for a university lecturer, arguing either for or against the following statement:
    Modern high-technology is transforming the way we work and is of benefit to all of society.

    Nowadays, the way people work is constantly changing because of the new findings in modern technology. In my opinion, it is relevant to note that while the benefits this situation has on society are well-known, we tend to forget the numerous drawbacks of it.

    First of all, the new developments in high-technology lead more and more people today to work remotely from home. There is no doubt that this is convenient in terms of saving money and time but in my view, it is significant to highlight that this increasing trend has also a negative impact on workers’ lives. For example, working from home limites everyday social interaction and sharing of ideas, with bad effects on your creativity and productivity. Furthermore, remote work is also a problem for a part of the modern society because of its tendency not to encourage physical activity: while people who have to get out from home to go to their job locations as offices, schools, hospitals and so on usually walk at least a few minutes every day, home-based workers such as graphic designers, translators and copywriters do not. They tend to sit for most of the day without doing any physical activity and this has bad effects not only on their health but also on their general well-being.

    Secondly, new high-technological changes are not good for some groups of modern society because of the related gradual and constant tendency of replacing humans with machines in work positions, especially in factories and other job locations based on manual activities. This state of things is particularly bad for elder people who after a life-time of everyday work, find themselves disoccupied and in difficult economic situations.

    Therefore, all things considered, new developments in modern high-technology are not good for the whole contemporary society because of the negatives consequences linked to the increase in remote working activities and to the substitution of humans with machines.

    (about 270 words)

    Thank you very much in advance.

    Best Regards,


    • From a VERY quick read, the essay is good enough to reach at least 7. NOte that your introduction needs to also introduce whether you agree or disagree that it is transforming the way we work. Also, it is not a realistic task IELTS does not start tasks with “Write an essay for a university lecturer”
      and further note that there are always at least two sentences. The first has the topic and the second the question as below:

      Topic: Some people believe that the fast pace and stress of modern life is having a negative effect on families.
      Question: To what extent do you agree or disagree?


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