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IELTS Academic Word List 1 for Writing

IELTS academic words consists of 5 sub-lists with 100 words in each. The lists get increasingly difficult. By learning these words you will learn the most common and important vocabulary that occurs in IELTS. Vocabulary is equally important for reading and writing. By knowing a lot of prevalent words you will understand the reading texts better. Moreover, vocabulary is one of the four marking criteria used to assess you IELTS writing. So one of the secrets of a successful essay is a broad range of vocabulary.

Simply memorizing the words is not enough: you need to know how to adopt the words in your writing. So, having learnt the word resolute, you should be able to apply it in your writing. For example: her resolution to become a designer has led her to success.

Don’t worry if you have not learnt all of the word lists: quality is more important than quantity! It’s much better to learn 1 word list well than 5 word lists poorly.

IELTS Academic Word List 1

Words 1-10

Words 11-20

achieve
administration
affect
analysis
approach
appropriate
area
aspects
assistance
assume
authority
available
benefit
category
community
complex
concerning
conclusion
conduct
consequence

Words 21-30

Words 31-40

consistent
constitutional
consumer
context
create
culture
data
definition
destructive
discovery
distinction
economic
element
environment
error
equation
establish
estimate
evaluation
evidence

Words 41-50

Words 51-60

factors
feature
final
financial
focus
function
global
identify
impact
income
indicate
individual
injury
investment
involve
issue
item
legal
maintenance
major

Words 61-70

Words 71-80

media
method
modern
normal
obtain
restrict
occur
participation
percent
period
policy
positive
potential
previous
primary
process
purchase
range
recent
region

Words 81-90

Words 91-100

regulations
relevant
require
research
resident
resources
response
sector
security
significant
similar
solution
source
specific
strategy
structure
theory
threat
traditional
transport

Related IELTS Resources

Take a practice test to find out what is your current weakness in terms of IELTS scale and allow more time to improve your weak spots. The following IELTS resources will help you to develop your skills faster:

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