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Vocabulary can make or break your IELTS efforts!

Vocabulary tips you cannot afford to miss

Season 1, episode 8
6 min / Published

One of the crucial common threads between ALL the IELTS disciplines is vocabulary.

It is vital to be able to draw on a rich, varied word-source to be able to impress your examiner. 

Read more on the weighted marks attributed to a good vocabulary range and how this resource assists you in more ways than you realise.

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IELTS Writing Coach – Episode 8

Having done seven episodes of this podcast has been awesome.

It has taught me as much (if not more) of what I tried to teach others.

The community this platform has allowed me to become a part of is nothing short of amazing.

I have realized that while writing remains my exclusive priority and passion, the other disciplines in the IELTS Exam also deserves some of my attention and respect!

The main reason being that many similarities exist between these different tasks. I believe further believe that accepting and understanding these likenesses can lead to better awareness.

This type of thinking has placed me on a slightly different course and I started to think of how I could add collective or universal value to all IELTS applicants.

If we really think about it, the IELTS exam is somewhat of a passport or an entry visa. It allows the successful candidate to further immerse themselves into the world of English. A world that they would've otherwise had no access or exposure to.

In this new environment English – both speaking and writing – is no longer a luxury, but an absolute necessity.

Here folks can improve in leaps and bounds with real-world applications and execution being not only being possible, but realistically attainable. The resources are all “there” - free, flush and familiar.

If we now redirect our focus back to the things certain IELTS disciplines have in common, thing get really interesting – in a logical kind of way...

As we are all aware, the IELTS test has four modules. If you think about it clearly, there's really only one aspect all of them share...

If you think to yourself, that it could be cohesion and coherence, you would be partially correct... the wring test and the speaking test both require the test taker to arrange their ideas and thoughts logically and allow ideas to unfold as they present their arguments...

But NO, it's not that...

After some thought you may decide that speaking and listening demand in equal parts the candidate's best use of their active listening skills... Again you would be correct, but only in part...

Allow me to put you out of your misery... The common thread between all four modules is VOCABULARY!

Vocabulary acts as the building stones of any language – this is the universal truth, however that's only the half of it...

Vocabulary forms the common denominator between the disciplines for much more concrete reasons...

  • To start with, you may be interested to understand the amount of marks weight given to vocabulary in the IELTS test. It constitutes a whopping 25% of your marks in Speaking & Writing Section and assists greatly in Reading & listening sections.
  • Vocabulary in IELTS Writing & Speaking test helps you to curate your ideas better. Remember you have to make these ideas your own and word them as naturally and confidently as possible – for this a good vocabulary range is non-negotiable
  • Having good Vocabulary to rely upon during your IELTS Reading & Listening tests, makes it easier to answer correctly. A well developed vocabulary helps not only with understanding the actual meaning of the words, but their context as well
  • Then of course, something as elementary as actually understanding the question that is put to you, is very much based in a well rounded vocabulary base having a wider range of vocabulary helps you not only understand the question.
  • Once you understand the question you have to be able to locate the answers you require. Skimming and scanning, using synonyms and connect the contexts of words and sentences are all improved by/with having a wide vocabulary base to dip into.

On the back of all these vital reasons for having a well resources vocabulary bank, it is almost criminal that we neglect the building or expansion of our word-capital. Some of us don't necessarily take poor care of our vocabularies, but we certainly take for granted what we have at our disposal.

Now we know and appreciate the value of words, especially as it related to the IELTS test. Join me next week to look for more similarities and common aspects between the IELTS modules.

Chat soon.


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