Achieving high bands is the ambition of every IELTS aspirant. To get a high score in lexical resources, you need to show flexibility and precision in your choice of words. In other words, you need to know a lot of words, including uncommon ones and, for a band 8 or 9 in speaking, an understanding of some idiomatic language. ‘Uncommon” does not mean complex or rare – it just means not highly frequent.
So in an essay, use “word” and “vocabulary”, but not “lexical resource”. Most people would be confused by “lexical resource”.
So it’s not about simple or complex vocabulary, but the range of vocabulary. You need to use a variety of words.
COMMON MYTHS IN IELTS
INSERT LOTS OF BIG WORDS
A common misconception in IELTS is that one must write longer complicated words in every sentence, in order to get a high score in the exam. If you would listen to the native speakers, this never happens, until and unless you are attending any conference by professors. You must try to show the examiner that you are having a wide range of vocabulary, rather than showing words that you do not understand properly.
It is likely that you will lose marks and make mistakes if you try to use complicated words that you do not understand completely. At Career Nimble, we advise our students to use 100 percent rule; you must use the word only if you are 100% sure about its usage.
SHOW OFF YOUR GRAMMER
Many IELTS candidates believe that they must show the examiner that how wonderful their grammar is, in order to get higher bands. There is no point in using the past perfect continuous tense if you are not appropriately doing it. Just think about the tense and practice it in your daily routine by giving opinions or contrasting the views etc. Again if you are 100% sure only then you have to use the grammar otherwise you will lose control of the sentence.
One of the biggest mistakes made by candidates is using advanced, complicated words and phrases. Not only do these often confuse the reader, but they’re often used inappropriately. Examiners will easily spot words used incorrectly.
Normal, natural language is what you should aim for. To know what that looks like involves reading a lot. So to improve your writing, read more and more.