IELTS Vocabulary – Academic Word List

When you learn new words, are you noting the collocations? Collocations are words that often go together (co-locate). When you record new vocab, it’s useful to write a sentence with the word and then note any words that the target words often go with.

Eg. source code / source of / theoretical construct / variety of / variation on / variation of / structural sound

Check the meanings of the words if you don’t already know them. Check the meanings of the various forms as sometimes they are different. You can check them at Time4english by clicking the words (

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


IELTS Vocabulary – Academic Word List

1.Where is the ______________ of the river Nile?  (source)

  1. Before you buy a computer, you need to decide on the _______________ that will suit your needs. (specific)

3. The building will be demolished because it is not _______________ sound.  (structure)

4. They decided to use a Call Centre instead of employing more staff locally. Do you understand the _______________ behind that? (theory)

5. My writing results are so _______________ ; one day I get an A and next day I get a C. I don’t know why! (vary)

Answers (in the wrong order below)

  1. variable   3. structurally    2.specifications    1. source    4. theory

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