Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

The high-level words you learn today can be used all over IELTS, like General Training letters, Task 2 essays, and Speaking Part 3.

These are words and phrases that help you stand out from other students, setting you above band score 6, as they’re not common.

For instance, using “cause” or “the root of the problem” are way over-used by students. So, choose some of today’s words to use in your own writing!

Band 9 “Cause” Vocabulary


The motivation lies in individuals’ desire to be wealthy.


The crisis of the 1860’s provided the impetus for the creation of the colonies.

(cause + impetus + consequence)


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is grounded in

The current state of obesity in America is grounded in our love for fast food.

(consequence + is grounded in + cause)

Band 9 “Consequence” Vocabulary

aftermath (an enormously problematic result)

In the aftermath of the storm, houses were left in ruins.

repercussions (a punishing result)

One of the repercussions of the obesity epidemic is the rising cost of health care.

reverberations (lasting consequences)

Society will feel the reverberations of the obesity epidemic for years to come. For instance, …

Use these words for impressive vocabulary scores on your next exam!

What are your preferred phrases from today’s episode?

Share your example sentences in the comments section below!


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