Here is a list of commonly-used words in the IELTS listening test that you should learn by heart to achieve high band score in IELTS listening test. Remember that misspelling may lower you marks!
1. Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Days of the week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, weekdays, weekend
2. Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Months of the year
January, February, March, April, May, June, July August, September, October, November, December
3. Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Money matters
Cash, debit, credit card, cheque, in advance, annual fee, monthly membership, interest rate, deposit, tuition fees, poverty, bank statement, money management, current account, student account, withdraw, low-risk investment, mortgage, grace period, budget deficit, retail voucher, coupon, counterfeit money, public money, taxpayers’ money, debt, interest-free credit, purchase, partial refund, annuity, non-refundable, MasterCard, VISA, distribution costs, income, finance department, family finances, duty-free store.
4. Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Subjects
Science, politics, history, biology, architecture, law, geography, archaeology, literature, business, management, agriculture, statistics, mathematics, logic, physics, psychology, anthropology, economics, philosophy, performing arts, visual arts, chemistry, humanities
5. Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Studying at college/university
Course outline, group discussion, handout, written work, report writing, research, Proofreading, experiment, experience, reference, textbook, dictionary, laptop, printer, student advisor, teamwork, module, topic, assessment, library, department, computer centre, classroom, lecture, tutor, main hall, attendance, deadline, give a talk, speech, computer laboratory, certificate, diploma, placement test, overseas students, full-time, facilities, college, dining room, specialist, knowledge, international, accommodation, home stay, primary, secondary, intermediate, media room, resources room, staff, commencement, dissertation, leaflet, faculty, pupils, pencil, feedback, tasks, outcomes, advanced, introductory, extra background, higher education, guidelines, post-secondary, supervisor, bachelor’s degree, compound, vocabulary, student support services, student retention, publication, foreign students, schedule, school reunion, registrar’s office, stationery.
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Marketing
Catalogue, interview, newsletter, competition, TV program, strategies, research method, entertainment, industry, leadership, management, display, products, customer, special offer, collecting data, questionnaire, survey, mass media, statistic, profit margin, poll, business card, training, trainee,merchandise, manufacture, recruitment.
7. Commonly Repeated vocabulary: Health
Yoga, tai-chi, keep-fit, salad bar, vegetarian, outdoor activities, leisure time, disease, meal, protein, balanced diet, food pyramid, vitamin, carbohydrates, rice, pasta, potatoes, pizza, tomatoes, bread, cereals, minerals, zinc, meat, seafood, eggs, beans, milk, cheese, yoghurt, fruit, vegetables, citrus fruits, green pepper, blackcurrant, nuts, egg yolk, liver, medicine, treatment, remedy, nursing care, nursery, regular exercise.
8. Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Nature
Field, footbridge, environment, waterfall, river, mountain, forest, village, coast, reef, lake, valley, hill,cliff, island, peninsula, earthquake, avalanche, tornado, typhoon, desertification, volcano, disaster, catastrophe, erosion, landslides, storm, flood, hurricane, pond, jungle, oasis, dam, canyon.
9. Commonly Repeated vocabulary : The environment
Greenhouse effect, acid rain, global warming, carbon dioxide, burning fossil, exhaust fumes, deforestation, nitrogen oxide, smog, climate, pollution, temperature, power plants, landfill, cattle, wind turbine, solar power, hydroelectric power, renewable, source of energy, reliable, solar panels, environmentally friendly, oxygen, chemical-free, desert, degradation, vegetation, sea level, ocean currents, soil conditioner, coal, fossil fuels, firewood, drought, contaminated.
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : The animal kingdom
Birds of prey, seabirds, poultry and game, mammals, cetacean, whale, primates, rodents, fish, amphibian, reptile, insects, octopus, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species, livestock, creature, lion, penguin
Plants: mushroom, fungus, leaves, seed, core, bark, trunk, twig, branch, flower, stem, roots, cluster, fertilizer.
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Continents
South America, North America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Antarctica.
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Countries
Egypt, Mexico, France, Indonesia, Turkey, England, Germany, China, Greece, Brazil, India, North Korea, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Italy, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Denmark.
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Languages
Linguistics, bilingual, trilingual, polyglot, Portuguese, Mandarin, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Russian, Japanese, German, Punjabi, Thai, Persian, Filipino, French, Italian, Greek, French.
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Architecture and buildings
Dome, palace, fort, castle, glasshouse, pyramid, log cabin, lighthouse, hut, skyscraper, sculpture
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Homes
Semi-detached house, duplex, terraced house, town house, row house, bungalow, thatched cottage, mobile home, houseboat, block of flats, apartment building, condominium, chimney, bedroom, basement, landlord, tenant, rent, lease, neighborhood, suburb, sofa, coffee table, dormitory, storey, kitchen, refrigerator, microwave, ground floor, oven, hallway, insurance
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : In the city
Cities, street, lane, city centre, central station, car park, department store, bridge, temple, embassy, road system, hospital, garden, avenue
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Workplaces
Clinic, dentist, reception, appointment, staff selection, colleague, workshop, showroom, information desk, employer, employment, unemployed, technical cooperation, team leaders, stress, ability, vision, confidence, employee, internship
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Rating and qualities
Reasonable, satisfactory, dangerous, safe, strongly recommended, poor quality, satisfied, disappointed, efficient, luxurious, colored, spotted, striped, expensive, cheap.
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Touring
Tourist guided tour, ticket office, souvenir, trip, guest, reservation, view, culture, memorable, single double bedded room, picnic, tourist attraction, hostel, suite, aquarium
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Verbs
Train, develop, collect, supervise, mark, edit, revise, exhibit, donate, surpass, register, support, hunt, persuade, concentrate, discuss, suggest, arrange, borrow, immigrate, review, learn, touch.
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Adjectives
Energetic, social, ancient, necessary, fantastic, exciting, fabulous, dull, comfortable, convenient, suitable, affordable, voluntary, mandatory, compulsory, temporary, permanent, immense, vast, salty, extinct, vulnerable, pessimistic, optimistic, realistic, practical, knowledgeable, flexible, confident, western, intensive, tranquil, spectacular, intact, various.
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Hobbies
Orienteering, caving, spelunking, archery, ice skating, scuba-diving, snorkeling, skateboarding, bowls, darts, golf, billiards, photography, painting, pottery, woodcarving, gardening, stamp collection, embroidery, climbing, chess, parachute
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Sports
Cricket, baseball, basketball, rugby, soccer, American football, hockey, swimming, tennis, squash, badminton, ping-pong, field, court, pitch, stadium, team, the discus, the javelin, the hammer, the high jump, horse racing, show jumping, polo, cycling, gymnasium, athlete, gym, extreme sports, paragliding, hang-gliding, skydiving, abseiling, snowboarding, bungee jumping, surfing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, bodyboarding, white-water rafting, kitesurfing, mountain biking, jogging, press-up, push-up, barbell, treadmill, judo, recreation, snooker, walking, championship, canoeing, refreshment
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Shapes
Square, rectangular, triangular, polygon, Oval, spherical, spiral, circular, curved, cylindrical,
Measurement width, length, altitude, imperial system, metric system, Mass, depth, breadth, height, three dimensions, frequency
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Transportations
Cargo plane, shipment, container ship, boat, lifeboat, ferry, hovercraft, hydrofoil, liner, canal boat, narrow boat, dinghy sailing, sailboat, paddle steamer, cabin cruiser, rowing boat, rowboat, kayak, canoe, punt, gondola, aircraft, helicopter, seaplane, airship, hot-air balloon, airport, crew, passenger, platform, hire a car, automobile
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Vehicles
Double-decker bus, single-decker, minibus, school bus, coach, truck, tanker, van, lorry, transporter, forklift truck, tow truck, breakdown truck, pickup, jeep, caravan, camper, tractor, taxi, cab, tram, underground, subway, stream train, freight train, goods train,
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Weather
Humid, hot, sticky, breeze, chilly, cold, cool, dry, dusty, freezing, hot, warm, wet, weather forecast, antenna, moisture
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Places
Local library, swimming pool, cafeteria, cottage, parliament, accommodation, restaurant, canteen, cafe, bookshop, sports centre, city council, dance studio, park, conversation club, kindergarten.
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Equipment and tools
Helmet, light, musical instrument, cassette, silicon chip, digital monitor, gadget, device, screen, breaks, wheels, mechanical pencil, disk, backpack
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : The arts and media
Opera, Orchestra, concert, symphony, the press, conductor, vocalist, audience, festival, carnival, exhibition, classical music, theatre, cinemas, art gallery, museum, ballet, television, radio, graphics, newspaper
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Materials
Fur, metal, steel, aluminum, copper, rubber, plastic, ceramics, glass, cement, stone, textile, cotton, fabric, wool, leather, bone, paper, lumber/wood, glue, composite, fiberglass, concrete, wax, paper, wood, silver, gold, feather
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Works and jobs
Occupation, profession, designer, decorator, architect, engineer, manager, waitress, waiter, teacher, vacancy, professor, specialist, psychologist، volunteer, freelance, secretary, craftsman, work experience, curriculum vitae, mail address, receptionist, pilot, guard, flight attendant, lecturer, office assistant, clerk, accountant, cashier, captain
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Color
Blue, white, orange, green, grey, black, red, yellow, purple, brown, pink
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Expressions and time
Three times, three times per week, a gap year, fulltime, part-time, midday, midnight, millennium, century, decade, fortnight.
Commonly Repeated vocabulary : Others
Passport photo, state, government, individual, variety, private sector, practice, gender, creativity, original inhabitant, indigenous, demonstration, strike, entrance, circuit, guarantee, dialogue, commerce, carriage, narrative, chocolate, satellite, decision, prototype, attitude, daily routine, personal fulfillment, activity, recipient, ultrasound, pedestrian safety, traffic jams, procedures, creation, prize, junior, senior, opportunity, driving license, process, literary, man-made, republicans, umbrella, frequently updated, waiting list, sewer systems, liberal democracy, democrats, lunar calendar, libertarian, burger, videos, nature conservation, life expectancy, fund-raising event, magnet, dialect, ramification, straight, farewell, welfare, encyclopedia, evolution, revolution, illiteracy, robot, proficiency, sufficient.