I’m aiming for a score of 7.0 on the IELTS, Are there any words I must memorize?


Today’s topic is, following on from last time’s essential high-scoring TOEFL words, here are seven crucial IELTS words for those of you aiming for a high score of 7.0 or above on the IELTS.​ When learning a foreign language and preparing for a test, you’ll agree that vocabulary is fundamental, right? In the IELTS, just like in TOEFL, memorizing vocabulary is fundamental and essential when solving problems in each area. The overall reason could be similar to TOEFL, but I think there is a distinctively important reason in the listening evaluation.Also, unlike TOEFL where a solid foundation in vocabulary and grammar can easily lead to a high score, knowing a variety of words and phrases can help you get a better score on the IELTS reading section. So, let’s find out what the seven words you must know for IELTS 7.0 strategy part 1!
ㄱ. Pronunciation
TOEFL : American Pronunciation
IELTS : British Pronunciation
ㄴ. Characteristics
TOEFL : Familiar to Us
IELTS : Can be Confusing




The first one is ‘commendable’. It’s a great adjective to express when the situation is truly praiseworthy and deserving of recognition, often used in contexts related to work, achievements, and results.

Synonyms: admirable, exemplary, meritorious

When memorizing, there’s something you should be careful about. There’s a similar-looking buddy. Since we’re looking at it anyway, let’s finish it all at once.


Commend : Praise

Command : Direct


Finally, let’s finish with an example of how to use it!

His heroic act is commendable.




The second word is ‘ubiquitous’. This word is derived from the Latin term ‘ubique’, which means ‘everywhere’. It refers to something that exists everywhere or often exists simultaneously. It can be used to describe technology, advertising, or even a fragrance.


Synonyms: omnipresent, universal, pervasive


There’s a good point to note along with this. The suffix ‘ubi’ in ‘ubique’ and the suffix ‘omni’ in the synonyms both carry the meaning of ‘where, every’. So when you memorize words with these prefixes, thinking that such meanings are mixed in will help you understand the words more than you think.

The theme of love is ubiquitous in Shakespearean sonnets.




It refers to something that was useful or trendy for a short period of time, like ‘in a flash’, ‘fleeting’, or ‘short-lived’. In fact, if you have a study group for IELTS, it could naturally be given as a basic high-scoring word.


Synonyms: temporary, brief, fleeting


Looking at the synonyms, you get the feeling that it’s temporary and simple, right?

The cicada cries during its whole ephemeral life.




The fourth word is ‘obfuscate’. What impression do you get from the expression in the image on the card news? It looks a bit complicated and flustered, right? If you take a close look at how it is actually interpreted in English, it is written like this.

​to make something less clear and harder to understand, especially intentionally.


Synonyms: complicate, perplex, confound

Lawyers always obfuscate their statements with their hard language.


It means making something unclear and difficult to understand by using complex language or concepts. Why make it unnecessarily complicated? A bit like this?


You can use it to describe a person who is untruthful and often lies, or a statement, an advertising campaign, etc. So many idioms are often used in this way. Let’s look at the example below.


Idioms: mendacious tongue, mendacious smile, mendacious propaganda

Synonyms: deceitful, deceptive, duplicitous


I recommend memorizing it along with the example sentence.

I don’t trust those mendacious insurance salesman.



It refers to thoughts or feelings evoked beyond the literal meaning contained in the words.


Synonyms: undertone, nuance, association


The same word or sentence can be interpreted differently depending on the background from which it grew, right? For example, if you ask someone, “How about the morning?”, some might understand it as a question asking if they had breakfast, while others might think you’re asking how their morning was.

The connotation of each synonym can change the word’s meaning.



Today’s last word is ‘precipitate’. With ‘cipit’, which means ‘head’, and ‘pre’, which means ‘front’, imagining your head facing forward will make it easier to memorize. It’s a feeling of running forward, right? However, it denotes a situation where something is accelerated due to a sudden event or change. For example, the current economic downturn precipitates job losses.

I recommend you refer to this example!


Synonyms: trigger, expedite, launch

Spicy food precipitates my need to go to the bathroom.

Review Quiz!


Shall we take a look at today’s review quiz together?

Please read the content carefully and write in the comments what word will fill in the blank! If you write it down as you memorize it, you really won’t forget.



Today, we’ve compiled seven essential words that those aiming for a high score of 7.0 or above on the IELTS must know. Save them and repeat to memorize, it will be helpful, so I highly recommend referencing them before taking the exam! (Check often!)

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