IELTS Vocabulary

Are you unsure of exactly which IELTS vocabulary you need to do well in the IELTS test?

Here you'll get all the words you need with practice exercises around key academic words, idiom practice, topic related words and other important vocabulary.  

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. 

Good IELTS vocabulary is particularly important for those wanting to achieve a band 7 or higher. 

Topic Related Vocabulary

IELTS Topic Related Vocabulary

There are common themes that appear in the IELTS test, so it can help to learn new words related to these themes so you can use them in the writing and speaking if that topic arises.

These are some common themes we will look at:

  • Education
  • Crime
  • Diet, Fitness and Health
  • Work
  • Information Technology
  • Environment
  • Science
  • The Arts

Learn 570 Essential Words for IELTS

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    This list of words was developed by the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University in Wellington.

    The list consists of 570 word families, and the words were chosen due to the fact that they commonly appear in many academic texts.

You can download the full AWL here: Download Academic Word List 

You will notice that some words are in italics. This means that they are the most frequently occurring member of the word family.


Learn and practice idioms.

Idioms can be confusing to non-native speakers of English as they are phrases that do not have the same meaning as the words actually spoken.

However, they are quite common in English so it is important that you learn about them.

On the idioms pages you'll learn what idioms are and have the chance to learn common idioms and practice them

Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs.

A way to potentially increase your speaking score in the IELTS speaking test is to use phrasal verbs (if used properly!).

These will certainly be noticed by the examiner.


Learn more about collocations.

Being able to collocate properly is extremely important when you speak or write in English, and your skills in this area will be something the examiner is looking out for.

You should not learn new words in isolation. Instead you should check what other words collocate with the new word you are learning.

Ultimate Vocabulary Builder

Do you want to increase your range of vocabulary for IELTS? We'll soon be releasing the  Ultimate Vocabulary Video Course.


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