4 IELTS Vocabulary Tips For Beginners

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Posted on: 27 May 2019 by Dinesh Dhiman

Vocabulary accounts for 25% of your total score for IELTS writing and speaking. A strong vocabulary is a required tool for anybody who wants to ace IELTS exam.

Many students at our IELTS institute in Jalandhar questions that "Is vocabulary important for IELTS exam"? Answer to this question is - "definitely yes"!

Vocabulary accounts for 25% of your total score for IELTS writing and speaking. IELTS is the exam to check your English communication skills. If you do not have words to express yourself for given conditions, then your ability to communicate in this language will be greatly restricted and so is your IELTS score. Also, it is a strong tool when taking the listening and reading tests. If you expand your vocabulary then you can easily understand the topic and better communicate.

1. Do not learn a long list of words: The IELTS exam is not meant to check your memory power, it’s a language exam. You can’t develop your language skills by memorizing long lists of words. Imagine you have to develop running skills, can you develop it by watching videos of running people? Of course not! You can develop it by only practicing. You have to learn words within their context and try to reproduce it. Definitely, you will make mistakes but you will improve it for the next time. Also, you will know its correct spelling, pronunciation, and use of the words you have learned.

2. Improving your vocabulary takes time: Just like a seed cannot be turned into a plant overnight, you can not build a good vocabulary overnight.
Note: Examiner will not mark negative for not using an exact word in the writing test but WILL mark down if you misspell a word in writing or do not correctly pronounce any word.

3. Advance Level of Band 7 vocabulary: It is a misconception that to get bands 7, you must use long or complicated words but in reality, these words aren’t significantly ‘great level’, they’re just difficult to spell! For example- bid, civil, consult, dump are some words which are less common words rather than words like disappointment, anxious, curious which are difficult to spell.

4. No Golden words rule: There is no chance of getting a high score by just learning 'golden' words. You can not disguise poor writing or speaking skills in front of an experienced IELTS examiner by just using impressive words. If you apply lipstick on a pig, it will remain as a pig. Do not impress the examiner instead communicate effectively and clearly.

In the last, hard work, dedication and a positive mindset is the key to success.


Good Luck!

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