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

Today you’ll get a band 9 vocabulary list for IELTS questions about government.

Today’s episode is part 1 of 2.

Today you’ll get vocabulary, and in the next episode you’ll get strategies and ideas for this topic.

Questions about government and laws could pop up anywhere on the Speaking and Writing Exams.

A 3 Keys student asked this question in our closed Facebook group:

Can I paraphrase ‘the government’ as ‘the authorities’ or ‘the bureaucrats’?

IELTS Band 9 Government Vocabulary

the authorities– very general; can describe government and the police

bureaucrats– government employees, usually handling administration and paperwork\

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bureaucratic red tape– (negative connotation) extensive process and paperwork involved in dealing with the government

federal workers– non-elected employees that work for the government, including jobs like mailman

DMV– Department of Motor Vehicles

lawmakers / legislators– elected officials deciding laws

senators / congressmen / representatives– specific lawmakers

Often, in America, there is an element of inefficiency expected when dealing with the government.

Also, read the news! Know the difference between ‘president‘ and ‘prime minister‘.

Band 9 IELTS Vocabulary for law

You may also face questions on both Speaking and Writing about the law.

You need high level, topic-specific vocabulary for this!

Watch the following video for great vocab and tips!

Are there negative connotations in your country around dealing with laws or the government, like going to the DMV?

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