Video: IELTS Writing Task 1 Vocabulary: How to Score an 8+

Today you’ll learn how to score an 8+ for Vocabulary in IELTS Writing Task 1.

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You often hear about vocabulary for Task 2, and this channel is no exception.

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What about Task 1, though?

The examiner needs to see a wide range of vocabulary, used flexibly and fluently.

This means you have to be very specific.

Also, you must utilize uncommon words and phrases, that other students are not using.


Now, for a band 8 for vocabulary, you can still have a couple spelling and usage mistakes.

For a band 9, you can’t have any mistakes.

In Academic Task 1, you must be ready with impressive adverbs and adjectives describing numbers.

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For instance, don’t just say, “People drank 100 gallons of coffee.”

Say, “Individuals consumed 100 gallons of coffee, the most massively impressive amount of all beverages.”

The most important vocabulary needs to communicate ideas of increasing/decreasing, and biggest/smallest.

For General formal Task 1 letters, you should be using the same kind of academic vocabulary as you do in Writing Task 2.

For example, instead of, “I had a problem at your hotel,”, say, “I encountered the most atrocious customer service at your establishment.”

For informal letters, we write the same way as we speak.

Don’t just say, “We should go to a park.” Say, “This Sunday morning, there’s a fabulous carnival we simply must check out.”

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