IELTS Essays: FOUR proven ways to score higher in the Lexical Resources criteria

WARNING: Before you see the suggested answer/s, do think about them yourself first as an exercise!

  1. Use SPECIFIC / PRECISE and FLEXIBLE (non repetitive) Vocabulary 

    Eg.

    Too common: Children / Young people

    Better: Youngsters /. The youth / youths / teenagers / offspring / adolescents

    (TIPS: Do not just reuse words from the question)

    Eg.

    Too common: Some / Many / Most people

    Better: Quite a few community members

    Better: The majority of the populace

  2. Use correct SPELLING 

    Eg.

    Wrong: Goverments prefered to belive that the occurences are rare.

    Right: Governments preferred to believe that the occurrences are rare.

    (TIPS: breaking down words into syllables and/or use the right syllable stress can help)

  3. Use good COLLOCATIONS and PHRASAL VERBS 

    Eg.

    Wrong: take a decision; take the book to school; throw away rubbish; discuss about

    Better: make a decision; bring the book…; dispose of…, talk about / discuss

    (TIPS: Use natural English expressions, not translation from your native language)

  4. Use correct WORD FORM in the Word Family  

    Eg. Conclude

    Let us … the discussion. (Verb)

    The … of the discussion has not been finalised yet. (Noun)

    Our team’s victory is quite …. (Adjective)

    We can safely say …. that the evidence is unfounded. (Adverb)

    (TIPS: Forms depend on structure patterns and then on suffixes used where appropriate)

     

    (V: conclude. N: conclusion. Adj: conclusive. Adv: conclusively)

A higher vocabulary score will be crucial to help you achieve your target band in Writing!

GOOD LUCK!

26 October 2017

Telaga

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