Vocabulary is an important aspect of all parts of the IELTS exam including the speaking, writing, listening, and reading test. Getting a high score in the speaking exam requires you to not only avoid errors but also show talent. In addition, it can be useful to learn phrases for the three different parts of the speaking exam, in order to increase your fluency and coherence. Getting a high score in the writing exam requires you to not only avoid errors but also show talent. In addition, it can be useful to learn linking phrases for the writing test, in order to increase your coherence and cohesion. Linking words help increase your score for fluency and coherence in the speaking exam and help you to get a higher score for coherence and cohesion in the writing exam. They are also useful in the listening and reading test to help you see how ideas are sequenced and to catch the main ideas.

In terms of the IELTS speaking and writing test your lexical resource (vocabulary) accounts for 25% of your score. Therefore, part of your preparation for the exam should be to improve your range of vocabulary. Idiomatic expressions are extremely important for the speaking exam I suggest you learn some and get into the habit of using them as this is important to get to seven and above for that lexical resource. In order to achieve this I suggest you learn about 20 idiomatic expressions can be used for a wide range of common topics. Try to learn a few well rather than focusing on learning as many as you can. This is because this approach often results in not being able to use them correctly or forgetting to use them.

For the writing test, start by learning vocabulary under common topic areas. Some of the most useful areas are as follows:

1. Education

2. Health

3. Media

4. Technology

5. Crime

6. The Environment

It may be helpful to keep a vocabulary notebook and write down new words that you learn along with sentences that use these words so that you can remember the context to use these words in. The key point about learning vocabulary is to make sure that you revise it and use it. Trying to memorise hundreds of words without revising them or practising using them will result in poor retention of these words and you will be unable to remember them when it comes to the exam.

If you would like to know more about the IELTS exam or require assistance with preparing for the exam you are welcome to visit my website.

Mike Wattie

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