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IELTS/TOEFL Writing: 5 Tips for a Better Vocab Score

5 Tips for a Better Vocab Score

IELTS/TOEFL Writing

Are you augmenting your IELTS or TOEFL compositions with superfluous lexical specimens to essay to pique the examination inspector’s awe?

hmmm… are you using too many big words to try to impress your test grader? Don’t.

In this video we’ll look at some of the errors many test-takers make when it comes to vocab and how to avoid these in order to have a higher Lexical Resource score on the writing section of the test.

1. Don’t try too hard
2. Know the words
3. Don’t fall in love with any word or expression
4. More is not better
5. Use other ways to express ideas.

You can find a thesaurus online at dictionary.com and m-w.com

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IELTS / TOEFL Vocab: 9 Collocations with TAKE

IELTS / TOEFL Vocabulary

9 Collocations with TAKE

Collocations are an important part of writing and can add to the lexical resource score of your IELTS or TOEFL writing test. So, take charge of your English writing skills by taking advantage of this lesson; we look at collocations using the verb TAKE, such take for granted, take effect, take measures, take into consideration, and others. Take the time to learn these and apply them to your own writing.

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Collocations with MAKE
Alternatives to the verb DO

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IELTS Academic Task 1 Vocabulary—Common Errors (fluctuate, respectively, number, amount, sales)

IELTS-A Task 1 Vocabulary

Common Errors (fluctuate, respectively, number, amount, sales)

Many IELTS test takers use some common vocabulary to report on line charts, bar graphs, and tables in task 1 of the academic writing section. These words include fluctuate, respectively, number, amount, and sales. However, many writers use these words incorrectly or inappropriately. In this video we look the correct use of these words and add a few alternatives, like volatile, blip, rate, total and others. Remember, it’s better to use simple words than to use “big” words incorrectly.

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IELTS Vocabulary Building – Topic-specific Vocab (Government)

IELTS Vocabulary Building

Topic-specific Vocab (Government)

Need a band 7.5 or higher in IELTS? You’ll need to use high-end vocab to get the Lexical Resource score. This means using synonyms, and precise language whenever possible. In this video, we look at some vocabulary specific to the topic: government. For example, if discussing a city’s government, say municipality; the people in charge – elected officials. Use these words to build up your Idea Bank. Score higher on the IELTS and TOEFL essay.

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