General IELTS vocabulary listVocabulary for IELTS is important. Your English language skills are evaluated on your use of English vocabulary, in particular:
- Range and depth of vocabulary
- Accuracy and use of appropriate vocabulary
- Knowledge and correct use of idiomatic vocabulary
Is there a General IELTS vocabulary list?The IELTS test does not have a General IELTS vocabulary list or IELTS vocabulary test section, as in some other test such as TOEFL, but your ability to use and understand English vocabulary is evaluated throughout the four sections of the IELTS test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Developing knowledge of topic-specific vocabulary is one of the best ways to improve your English vocabulary skills in general, and especially for the general IELTS test. It will allow you to understand the listening tasks and reading tasks more easily, and to speak and write in more detail using ‘appropriate vocabulary’ to say exactly what you want.
How to use the general IELTS vocabulary listsVocabulary learning tips:
- Try to spend time carefully studying general IELTS vocabulary lists related to common IELTS topics (some of these are listed below) the meaning of each word (or phrase) and make sure you are confident in using it correctly.
- It is important not to ‘try and experiment’ with new vocabulary in the writing and speaking sections of the IELTS test – you should be fairly confident that you know how the correct meaning of a word and how to use it correctly before you actually try and use it.
- Try to set aside a certain amount of time each day to study and improve your English vocabulary skills. It is very difficult to memorize a general IELTS vocabulary list of new vocabulary very quickly - so it’s easier to try and achieve this in small steps – maybe 10 words each day.
- That means that by the end of one week you should know 70 new words of English vocabulary. By the end of a month, if you do a little every day, you should know around 300 new words.
- If you spend 6 months preparing for the IELTS test – it means that you should be able to grow your English vocabulary by 1,800 words. That should make the test easier!
- At the end of each week – try and review all the new words you have learned to keep them fresh in your mind. Also try to include the new words when you practice speaking and writing – so that you can begin to feel confident using them.