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This lesson is specifically about improving your vocabulary. It is important to have a flexible use of vocabulary as the examiner is looking for this in the IELTS Writing test. Good IELTS writing vocabulary is essentially important for candidates who want to achieve a band 7 or higher. In order to improve your range of vocabulary, we have put down some important words that you may find in the IELTS writing test along with their meanings and examples. Go through the 20 words given below:

1. Affectation
Noun – pretended behavior to make an impression
Example – There was no affectation in this; but much genuine, innate pride.

2. Complacent
Adjective – contended
Example – The man on the stump said nothing; he only looked on with complacent enjoyment.

3. Concomitant
Adjective – contributing, accompanying
Example – Productive industry and its concomitant of distributive industry cover the major field of human life.

4. Culpable
Adjective – responsible for action
Example – Would I then be culpable for not speaking of that of which I am myself ignorant?
This, as I know from culpable personal experience, is a fault.

5. Depravity
Noun – corruption, immorality
Example – Though I believe one reason of their depravity is the badness of the actors.

6. Espouse
Verb – stand up for, support
Example – We shall see some of these days which side the President will espouse.

7. Galling
Adjective – very upsetting
Example – It was galling to discover that he could not do as he promised.

8. Hallmark
Noun – symbol, authentication
Example – The tendency to detail, which is the hallmark of realism, constitutes decline.

9. Ignominious
Adjective – humiliating, offensive
Example – Money was at the bottom of all his difficulties, and drove him to the most ignominious shifts.

10. Nefarious
Adjective – bad, sinful
Example – They were probably out on the trail pursuing their nefarious calling.

11. Nonchalant
Adjective – easygoing, laid back
Example – Jerry had calmed down suddenly and assumed a nonchalant pose.

12. Mitigate
Verb – check, diminish, lighten
Example – Here are a few ways to mitigate problems and frustrations.

13. Perpetuate
Verb – keep going
Example – Of course she cannot perpetuate or transmit such rights – if rights they can be called.

14. Propensity
Noun – inclination, weakness
Example – Let the young avail themselves of this propensity, and make the most of it.

15. Reconcile
Verb – make peace, adjust
Example – They are welcome to their opinion if they can reconcile it with the facts which I have to tell.

16. Scapegoat
Noun – a person who takes blame for
Example – Our people are so angry and frustrated about being used as a scapegoat that they are going to continue to engage in this battle.

17. Supersede
Verb – take the place of, override
Example – And now we proceed, until our critics volunteer to supersede us.

18. Ludicrous
Adjective – absurd, ridiculous
Example – A most ludicrous incident occurred during our march that night.

19. Latent
Adjective – dormant, hidden
Example – Have to investigate myself, and learn what my latent talents are.

20. Tenacity
Noun – stubbornness, diligence
Example – I was somewhat irritated at the tenacity of this amiable diplomatist.

These are just a few words that will help you improve your range of vocabulary. To learn how you can improve your vocabulary you can read:

Interesting ways to help you improve vocabulary

Not only it can help your writing but also your speaking & reading. All these vocabulary words are covered during our training courses. Not only we provide vocabulary help in the writing session but also in all the training sessions we provide.

If you are confused whether to read the IELTS Reading passage first or the questions, experiment with both the strategies and see which one works best for you. Many students find that it helps to skim through the questions first to get an idea of what to pay attention in the passage. This method might work for you too as well, but honestly, it depends on a number of factors. And these factors include how well or how quickly you read, the type of questions, how difficult the questions are, how much time you have in hand and so on. So, it doesn’t matter what the teacher recommends, or what your friends did. Try both ways while practicing for the IELTS Reading test and see what works for you the most.

Read the IELTS Reading instructions carefully before you start with the test. Some candidates think they will save time if they skip this part which is absolutely not recommended. The instructions provide critical information about how many words the answer should comprise of, what exactly you require and so on. This actually helps you save time because once you have read the instructions you are clear about what you need to do in the test.

Mostly, you will find the questions following the order of the information in the reading passages. This will help you find the required answers very quickly.

You will lose marks on each word that you misspell so pay attention to the spellings while writing in short answers. Also, take care while copying words from the text.

If you think that only finding the answers to the questions matters then you are wrong! Grammar counts too. So you need to pay attention to this aspect as well while preparing for the IELTS Reading test.

For the questions where you are asked to complete the sentence, focus on the meaning to select the right answer.

Make sure you do as many as possible practice tests to familiarize yourself with the test format, the types of questions asked and the level of difficulty. Taking practice tests are also a good way of practicing time management. The more practice tests you solve, the easier it will be for you to read the IELTS Reading passage and find the relevant answers to the questions quickly.

You need to read widely from a variety of sources to strengthen your general reading skills and enrich your vocabulary.

You can look out for key synonyms used in the passage and the text, to help you identify where to find the answer quickly. Well, this might not work always while answering the questions. You will still have to read that part of the session well and then go ahead with the answer.

Pay attention to the instruction and use only the stated number of words in your answer or you will lose marks. Articles “a, an and the” also count as a word.

Try out IELTS Ninja’s comprehensive course for the IELTS Reading Module to avoid such mistakes. Visit IELTS NINJA- SpecializedAcademicReadingPreparation for IELTS Reading Academic & IELTS NINJA- SpecializedGeneralReadingPreparation for IELTS Reading General.

It is generally believed that there is nothing that a candidate can do to elevate their score in a short span of time. But I beg to differ and strongly believe that with enough dedication, practice, time management and expert guidance, getting higher score in IELTS Listening is not that hard.

Here’s is what you require to know about the IELTS listening test in order to prepare for the test perfectly. These IELTS Listening tips will help you score higher band.


Firstly, you need to make sure that you listen to the recording, do not just hear it. There is a world of difference between “listening” and “hearing”. One simple distinction between listening and hearing is that the element of ATTENTION is missing in the latter one. When answering questions, candidates must listen to the recording thoroughly instead of reading the questions. To put it more clearly, do not READ and LISTEN at the same time. Before the recording is played, pay attention to your booklet. While listening to the recording, direct all your attention to the recording.


Don’t stress yourself thinking that to get a good score you need to answer all the questions. Even if you manage to answer 30 questions out of 40 questions correctly, you can still get a 7, which is a high score. But, the problem here is one cannot be too sure if the 30 questions attempted out of 40 will all be correct. Therefore, it is better that you try and solve all the questions. In IELTS Listening, you will find 5 questions that are quite difficult and only candidates aiming for an 8, 8.5 or 9 bands can answer them. The real problem here is that these difficult questions are randomly and cleverly distributed in order to distract you. What you need to do this not let a difficult question make you lose track of the audio. Even if you lose a question or two, do not panic! Move on to another question immediately so you don’t miss questions you are capable of writing correct answers of.


To maximize your score and improve your performance, you need to minimize your errors in Section 1. Many candidates who have acceptable level of listening ability end up performing poorly in this section, just because it the very first section of the Listening test. So, to deal with your anxiety and improve your performance, do plenty of practice and mock tests.
• Practice numbers and dictation.
• Develop a system.
• Find a list of words that seem to be frequently used in the listening module.


A common problem for majority of the IELTS candidates, regardless of their listening ability is Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), which are frequently asked in section 3 of the IELTS Test. This type of question can be challenging for candidates for a number of reasons.

First of all, candidates do not have time for reading all the questions and their options. What are more challenging are questions with long answer options. The only solution you have to this is to MANAGE TIME. Try and be one or sentences ahead of the recording if you can. Use the time you are given at the end of each section to prepare yourself for questions in the following section.

Another reason why candidates find MCQs challenging is because they have again to do with Listening and Hearing. One common mistake many candidates make while answering this type of questions is that, while the recording is being played, they re-read the options thinking they are listening to the recording but technically they are not. Avoid making this mistake.

One classic mistake candidates make is try to decide the correct option while the examiner is still giving information about a question. You must not do this, wait till the examiner is done speaking and then quickly decide the answer.


The best thing you can do before taking the IELTS Listening test is to prepare yourself thoroughly for the test by working on your listening skills. You can do this by watching English TV series and listening to English music. This will work wonders for you.

Follow these tips and with enough dedication, active listening, awareness and guidance, you will get your desired band score. And if you require more tips on the IELTS Listening module and looking for a tutor who can evaluate your mistakes you can visit IELTS NINJA- IntensiveListeningPreparation for further details.

Scoring 8 band in the IELTS Speaking test might seem impossible to many IELTS candidates but it is actually quite possible and simple too if follow these 10 important things.

English Grammar

This is the most important thing in the IELTS Speaking section. Many candidates think that all they have to do is speak and they can ignore the grammar rules, but this is the wrong impression they have. You will never be able to score more than 4.5 band if you speak wrong/grammatically incorrect sentences. You should know which tense to use where. The IELTS examiner will not directly test the tenses because they expect you to know them. If you think that you can take the IELTS exam without knowing the tenses then you should prepare yourself for 4.5 or lower band score.

Clarity in speaking

For the IELTS speaking test, do not adopt a fake accent! Also, make sure that you don’t mumble while speaking. The examiner will know if you speak in a fake accent. Some candidates speak English as if they are in a race. If you do this, the examiner will not know what you are speaking and you will lose marks. So, refrain from this kind of activity.

Confidence is the key

Let the examiner know that you are confident. Do not feel shy as this is just a test. Candidates often lose marks because of their shy nature as they speak very less in front of the examiner. You will have to be talkative and you will have to engage the examiner in the conversation to get 8 band.
4. Your answer should never be a “NO”
You are not supposed to say “NO” in the IELTS speaking test. For example, if the examiner asks you to talk about magazines you simply cannot tell the examiner that you have never read a magazine. Even if you haven’t read a magazine, you will have to make it up. You will have to think about a magazine or even make an imaginary one just to speak about it.

Practice English speaking

Try speaking in English whenever you have a conversation with your friends and family. If you start doing this as soon as you decide to take the IELTS test, you will definitely become much confident and will be able to speak confidently in front of the examiner. You can also try Google groups; you will find many people there with whom you can practice English speaking.

Describe things

You should be able to describe things. If the examiner asks you about your favorite sport, you should first name your favorite sport and then describe it a little – why do you like it? Since when are you following it? Which is your favorite team? And any recent news related to it.

Identical words

The most common problem amongst candidates is they forget words while speaking in English. In order to overcome this problem the speaker should know at least 3 similar words for each word that you speak. If you know some identical words you will never pause in between while speaking in front of the examiner.

Don’t argue with the examiner

At any point during the IELTS speaking test, you are not to indulge in any kind of argument with the examiner. Keep in mind that you are not taking the test to convince the examiner. You are taking the test to prove your proficiency in the English language.

Complete the sentences

One word answers will never help you get a good score. So, if you are looking out for 8 band in the IELTS speaking test, you need to give little descriptive answers. You will have to speak complete sentences and you should also have the ability to join two sentences by using conjunctions. A good English grammar book could come in handy here.

Answer all the questions

You cannot ask the examiner to skip a question and neither can you leave a question unanswered. So, you have to figure out a way to answer the question by making up an answer instantly. For example, if the examiner asks you to speak on a museum that you have visited but in reality, you haven’t been to the museum ever then you will have to come up with a story if your own about a museum. Therefore, you also need to be quick in thinking and speaking too.

Well, all these parameters can be difficult to grasp on. To master all these qualities, personal tutor and its guidance is must. Check out IELTS Ninja’s amazing course, IELTS NINJA- IntensiveSpeakingPreparation to learn the art of Speaking.

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