IELTS Exam Vocabulary

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 IELTS Exam - How to Prepare Vocabulary
For students who are planning to study in English countries, like UK, US, Canada, and Australia, IELTS is one of main options to test English level. If you are going to take part in IELTS exam and are struggling to build your vocabulary, this web site can help you out. As a matter of fact, you have many jobs to so when preparing IELTS exam, however, building vocabulary is usually the hardest one, especially for ELS students. Most of IELTS test takers aren’t native English speakers; they have to spend lots of time to study and review IELTS words before test day.

What are IELTS words? And what is IELTS vocabulary? No one can give an answer, even the organization that runs the exam. But we do know there are many clues, conventions, or rules regrading to the vocabulary in IELTS test papers. In other words, we may know some words are possibly in test paper, as well as some others are hardly seen in exam.

The next question is how to prepare IELTS vocabulary. We understand you are in various levels and pursue separate goals. To meet with diverse demands, we collect different IELTS preparation resources regarding to studying and reviewing vocabulary, including word list, apps, and tips. We hope you can get useful materials from this web site and enrich your IELTS vocabulary quickly and efficiently.

Preparing IELTS is a serious job for test takers; it isn’t easy and as long as one year for some students who are planning to apply top universities and have to get a high score in exam. In all English examines, or any other language tests, vocabulary finally play a key role. There is no exception for IELTS exam. Many students have to spend lots of time in words’ study and review. What words are right ones to learn and what methods are right ones to use? We set up this web site to show you IELTS word lists, vocabulary build apps, and tips. Hopefully, it can help you get the answers from them and prepare IELTS vocabulary easier and faster.

In app section, there are 4 apps to help you build vocabulary. Some of them are excellent online vocabulary building tools and proven by tens of thousands of users; the others are leisure reading apps that accumulate IELTS vocabulary in general reading.

IELTS Vocabulary Test Online: A cutting edge online tool to evaluate your IELTS vocabulary. You either start to build IELTS words or not, you may want to know own level and progress. If so, this app is for you. It produces random questions based on a common set of IELTS words and provides an online practice mode with great convenience.

IELTS Vocabulary in 10 Days: This app is built-in a middle-level IELTS vocabulary. However, it isn’t only a vocabulary. It doesn’t show these words to you in straight. Instead, its behavior is like sort of mentor to help you to plan and to manage time to learn them in 10 days. In fact, 10 days are too short for most of students to handle vocabulary as large as 1000 and more words. This is a very challengeable app.

1200 IELTS Words in 30 Days: This is a very popular IELTS words study and review apps. It includes a very common IELTS vocabulary of 1200. If you are just to try passed-only score in future test, spend one month on a proven IELTS word list is a reasonable choice. These words will enrich your vocabulary and play a positive role in every parts of exam.

Difficult IELTS Words: As its name, this app is with a difficult IELTS vocabulary. We know some students are aiming to apply top universities; they need match with required IELTS mark, such as 6 or 7, in their application materials. For them, to prepare more difficult words before exam is a necessary job. This app is to help them learn hard IELTS words efficiently

IELTS vocabulary builders usually work with word list. Students with different levels and different goals need different word lists. At list section, we offer 6 word lists. Hopefully, they can help you to prepare future IELTS exam.

500 IELTS Vocabulary (AWL,HK Univ.): The IELTS test AWL(Academic Word List) was rooted from a popular webpage of HONG KONG Univ. We re-organize it with new definitions and examples. In addition original Chinese explanation, more local language explanations are appended to help ESL people. This list is a proven short-cut to pass IELTS exam when your preparation is in a very narrow timeframe.

100 IELTS Writing Words: 100 words seem too few for IELTS exam, however, spell them in right way and use them in right sentence will help your writing test very much. In general, these words will greatly improve your IELTS writing mark. Prepare and practice just before your IELTS test, you will be able to impress your examiner with them.

400 IELTS AWL (Victoria Univ. NZ): At beginning this Academic Word List (AWL) was developed by Averil Coxhead at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. We added multiple language explanations to save time for ESL students. Basically this is a must-have list for IELTS academic test takers.

3600 IELTS Vocabulary: A proven word list for IELTS academic test takers, this 3600 IELTS vocabulary is from Pacific Lava's English Vocabulary Builder. It assumes that students already have 2000-3000 generic words. To skim all words in group quickly, less than 2 definitions are displayed, all definitions are powered by well-known English dictionary website Wordnik.

4000 IELTS Academic Word List: This academic word list is must-have resource for IELTS test takers, especially who are working for high marks. The 4000+ words reflect the essential vocabulary level of IELTS academic test. We remind you this list is based on general word list. For IELTS academic test takers, you need general words as well.

4000 IELTS General Word List: General word list is basic set of both IELTS tests. For general test takers, it helps you get a good mark. If you are academic test taker, you have to know this list as your fundamental vocabulary. Based on it, enrich your IELTS academic vocabulary. No explanation is provided in the list because many of them are very easy.

Finally, in tips and experiences section, we collect some articles and information to help IELTS test takers to prepare vocabulary easier and faster. We try to focus on vocabulary building alone in this section; however, we may include other topics related to IELTS preparation if they are useful for our visitors.

IELTS Spelling Practice Online: We offer spelling practice for each word in all word lists of this website. Spelling is extremely important in IELTS writing test. You don’t need to spell every word in your IELTS vocabulary; but you have to spell some of them. Otherwise, you cannot get a good mark in writing test. So don’t miss this excellent resource to practice writing words.

Personalized IELTS Flashcards: Some students used to leverage flashcards to build vocabulary. Some ESL students like to explain English word with native language in flashcards. Yes, you can do it at this website. This article shows you how to customize your own IELTS flashcards with free resources.

IELTS vocabulary Single Choice Quiz: This is a hub of single choice word quizzes based on IELTS word lists in this website. All online quizzes are made with automatic and dynamic way. It offers an interactive way to study and review IELTS vocabulary.

Make and Download IELTS Vocabulary PDF: If you once looked for IELTS vocabulary PDF file on Internet, probably you failed. You cannot always get an existing vocabulary PDF to exactly match with your circumstance. Because PDF is easy to read and print, some people prefer to have own IELTS word lists in PDF. This article tells you how to do it.

We assume our visitors know IELTS examine very well, because they are actually preparing or planning to prepare this test. However, if you don't understand this exam very clearly, we append a concise introduction of IELTS test here.

What is IELTS

IELTS means International English Language Testing System. It is an English language exam which tests the ability to communicate in the four basic language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

The IELTS is run by three organizations: the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). Namely, this is an English test for British and not American English. Many students who have prepared for the TOEFL iBT are surprised when they face difficulties understanding accents and expressions used by British speakers in the IELTS. This is why special preparation for IELTS, at a school or through taught-self, is so important for success in this exam.

There are two types in IELTS exam: general and academic. They are designed for different goals. Some contents are same, but some aren’t. Because scores are not interchangeable, you must know in advance which one is your purpose. Each test lasts two hours and forty-five minutes.

In general, the IELTS is taken by those who wish to study, live, or work in a country of English. You possibly need different IELTS tests for studying or living.

Specifically, the test is taken by three main categories of people:
  • Those who want to study in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand
  • Those who wish to apply for immigration to Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
  • Those who need to demonstrate their English proficiency
The IELTS has existed since 1989. Today, over 700,000 people from over 120 countries appear for this exam every year.

General IELTS and Academic IELTS

For IELTS exam takers, the first question is: "Which version of the IELTS should I take? The Academic or the General Version?"

It is important because the scores are not interchangeable and the tests are for different purpose. Wrong version means totally waste your time and money. We strongly suggest you to find out which version of IELTS exam you need to do at first.

Academic IELTS exam
Simply speaking, the Academic IELTS exam is the advanced test and more difficult. This version is generally used to determine whether candidates are qualified to study in college or university for academic programs where English is primary language.

General IELTS exam
The General IELTS exam is the relatively simpler one. It tests basic survival skills in social and educational contexts. It is designed for candidates applying for immigration, working in English countries.

The main similarities and differences in the General and Academic IELTS can be summarized as
  • Same: Listening Module and Speaking Module
  • Different: Reading Module and Writing Module
Here you already know there are four modules in IELTS. For each module, we have a brief description.

Listening (Same for Academic and General Versions)
Types of Questions:
  • multiple choice
  • short answer
  • sentence completion
  • notes / diagrams / flow chart completion
  • 4 Sections
  • 40 Items
  • 30 minutes
Types of Questions:

General Reading
Texts from advertisements, newspapers, instruction manuals, books & magazine

Academic Reading
Texts from non-specialist or academic materials
  • Details:
3 Sections40 Items60 minutes

Types of Questions:

General Writing
  • 2 Tasks
  • 1 letter (150 words)
  • 1 essay (250 words)
Academic Writing
  • 2 Tasks
  • 1 descriptive report, based on a graphic (150 words)
  • 1 essay (250 words)
  • 60 minutes
Speaking (Same for Academic and General Versions)
Live, oral interview of about 11-14 minutes with an examiner.

  • Section 1 – Candidate talks personal information, like at first meeting
  • Section 2 – Candidate delivers monologue of 1-2 minutes on given subject
  • Section 3 – Candidate answers more advanced questions to expand on Section

IELTS Scoring

The IELTS exam tests your level to communicate in English. Comparing with other exams, like TOEFL, it has own specialties. To get higher IELTS scores, there are 3 things you can prepare:
  • Understand the IELTS test format
  • Develop language skills required in the exam
  • Learn specific strategies, techniques and "tricks"
Many IELTS books focus on third point and help you to earn extra marks in the speaking and writing sections. At these two sections there is scope to receive extra points.

IELTS scores are in terms of bands of language ability, with full and half band scores for each section, like 6 or 6.5. The highest score is a Band 9, which means Expert User. General explanations of other band scores are given below. If you want to get a more detailed description of band scores, please refer to the official IELTS website.

After examining, you receive separate scores in each of listening, reading, writing and speaking, and a fifth score, which is called overall score. Some organizations are only concerned with overall score, while others require specific scores in individual modules.

Band 9 Expert User
Has full operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

Band 8 Very Good User
Has full operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies .

Band 7 Good User
Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, and misunderstandings in some situations.

Band 6 Competent User
Has general effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, and misunderstandings

Band 5 Modest User
Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes.

Band 4 Limited User
Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is unable to use complex language.

Band 3 Extremently Limited User
Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.

Band 2 Intermittent User
No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

Band 1 Non User
Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

Band 0
Did not attempt the exam.

More information is in its official website. IELTS Test