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How many words do you need to know for successful IELTS?


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How many words do you need to know for successful IELTS?


Somewhere in a parallel universe there is a list of words, you learn which - and passed the exam, on which the fate of a person often depends. There is an opinion that in order to successfully pass the exam, the vocabulary must be 3-4 thousand words, someone thinks that 8000, and someone - 15,000, but these hypotheses are not confirmed. The thing is that on the IELTS exam special counting technique. One fact cannot be denied: the more words a person knows, the better. Unfortunately, in our universe there is no list of necessary words, but there are some tips on how to memorize the maximum number of words.

A person studying prefixes and suffixes will increase his vocabulary at least 2 times.

Learn the -less suffix , and now, plus two new words in the piggy bank:

  • H ope (hope), hopeless   (hopeless)
  • C are (care), careless (carefree).

And the prefix un - will make the opposite of any word:

  • H appy (happy), unhappy (unhappy)
  • A ble (able), unable (unable).

Memorize words in conjunction with synonyms for it

When checking an essay, members of the commission always pay attention to the richness of the vocabulary. Don't use the word boring 10 times, otherwise - minus the point. Use synonyms:

  • Tedious
  • Trite
  • Mundane
  • Dull.

Learn fixed expressions - they will enrich speech and make it lively, like "native".

Just imagine the reaction of the panelists when you use the phrase “Watching TV is not my cup of tea” . Success is guaranteed!

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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