I have been asked lots of times what kind of vocabulary candidates need to know for the IELTS test. There are numerous lists and catalogs with the most important words you need to know for the test but I am always a little bit reluctant.
Don’t get me wrong, these lists are great but from my teaching experience vocabulary is something that takes a lot of time to be built–let alone correct spelling!
What is more, even if you know what a word means and how it is written, this doesn’t mean that you know how to use it in context the right way.
The more academic the word, the more this problem becomes more intense. That’s why I always like to say to my students that on the day of the exam if you are not 100% sure about how a word is used, then don’t use it (either in writing or in speaking).
It doesn’t work if you just memorise words. To make matters worse, it is boring to death. I want to help you improve your vocabulary in context not kill yourself out of boredom.
So, in this vocabulary section I will try to give you an overview of the most important words you need to know and how they are used in an interactive and hopefully easy way.