IELTS VOCABULARY – Academic Word List

A good vocabulary is essential for IELTS success. You need to ensure that you know the Academic Word List. It is made up of the most common words in Academic English. This vocabulary takes you beyond the first few thousand words of English and into some more specialized vocabulary that will vastly increase the range of documents you can read and listen to. Your speaking and writing will also be quite strong once you have mastered these words.

Sometimes the different forms (noun, verb, adjective, adverb) have different meanings. So take care with them.

Check the meanings of the words if you don’t already know them. Check the meanings of the different forms if they seem to be different. You can check them at Time4english by clicking the words (

Complete the sentences below with the correct form of the word.

Vocabulary, Academic Word List


1. If you listen to the ______________ news everyday your ability to hear numbers will improve. (finance)
2. A recipe is very similar to a _______________. (formula)
3. Children today are so involved with technology that some are socially _______________. (function)
4.Solving climate change problems requires much more than just _______________ the causes. (identify)
5.Many families have a problem when their ______________ doesn’t keep pace with their expenditure. (income)

Answers (in the wrong order)
2. formula   5. income   3. dysfunctional    4. identifying    1. financial

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