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

In IELTS Writing Task 1, you often have to write about statistics according to different age groups.

Students usually have trouble paraphrasing these ages.

Also, you may need vocabulary related to different ages of people in Writing Task 2 or on the Speaking Exam.

To score highly for Vocabulary, you mustn’t repeat yourself.

This means you need to use synonyms, or more specific words/phrases in your writing and speaking.



Age Paraphrases and Specific Vocabulary:

Age groupage range, age bracket

Specific periods of lifeinfancy, toddlerhood, youth, childhood, teenage years

adulthood, mature individuals, young adult, mid-life


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elderly, *golden years, **seniors

elementary school years, junior high/middle school years

in one’s 60’s, pushing 60 (age 58/59), late twenties (age 28, 29)

*Golden years is an interesting idiom for one’s older years.

**We don’t say ‘juniors’ to paraphrase young people, but we do say ‘seniors’ for elderly individuals.

Add these phrases to your vocabulary notebook.

The next time you practice a Writing Task 1 about ages, reference this list!

How would you use today’s vocabulary phrases?

Share your examples in the comments section below!

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