Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

The topic of work and work ethic comes up often on IELTS.

You must be prepared to discuss this topic.

Today’s sample answers will give you high-scoring examples.

You’ll also learn high level adjectives and adverbs to boost Vocabulary scores.

Practice using this vocabulary in your own answers.

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What is work ethic?

You can learn more about the concept of work ethic in this video.

  • Work ethic: set of values based on discipline and hard work

This is a principle that hard work is virtuous or praiseworthy.

Many different IELTS test questions can deal with this topic.

Sample answer #1: children and work ethic

What are ways that children can learn a good work ethic?

Listen to the video for Aubrey’s sample answer.

She describes how kids learn by example.

Their role models are parents, friends and siblings.

She shares as an example her sister’s study habits, which were irreproachable!

  • irreproachable: impressive; faultless; beyond criticism

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Sample answer #2: work smarter, not harder

What does the expression “work smarter, not harder” mean to you? 

Aubrey says, “Frankly, many people work incessantly, without seeing any results they can write home about!

  • incessantly: constantly; without stopping

She uses hyperbole, or exaggeration, here.

This is a great technique for IELTS Speaking.

Natives exaggerate all the time!

  • Write home about: an idiom for something remarkable or noteworthy

How to increase Vocabulary scores

Avoid using easy, common adjectives.

  • Nice
  • Good
  • Pretty

Adjectives like these are the easiest to replace!

Learn high level adjectives like “irreproachable” to replace “good.”

Additionally, replace common, easy adverbs.

  • Quickly
  • Often

Higher level words like “incessantly” boost your Vocabulary score.

Vocabulary to describe a small business

You may be asked to describe a small business on IELTS.

Describe a successful small business that you know about.

 You need high level vocabulary specific to this topic.

  • Pioneer: breaking ground and creating something that didn’t exist before

To pioneer or when a company is pioneering, they’re doing something completely new.

  • Pivot: changing the direction of a business when current products or services aren’t successful.
  • Startup: a young company founded by entrepreneurs 

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The best way to increase IELTS Vocabulary scores is to learn high level adjectives and adverbs.

Learn replacements for the most commonly used words.

This way, you will definitely be able to use them on any IELTS exam.

Use this strategy to get 7 or higher on IELTS Speaking and Writing.

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