Learn and practice likely TOEFL and IELTS vocabulary to prepare for either exam-- or for academic study afterward.
On this page you can find:
• practice with IELTS vocabulary on topics of everyday life. Prepare for the speaking and listening tests and for living in English-speaking countries.
• academic vocabulary practice for the TOEFL and IELTS. These words are also important for university study and professional work in English.
Both sections are arranged with related pages together. They generally start with easier vocabulary. Later links go to pages with more difficult words to practice.
Both the IELTS & the TOEFL sections will have many pages that can help you prepare for either exam, as well as for university studies and for professional work.
• Medical Vocabulary (words for health and illness, doctor visits, tests, and treatments)
• Personality Vocabulary (useful for job resumes/CVs & for describing yourself or your friends.)
• Emotions. (great illustrations of each feeling, brief explanations, & a video with pronunciations. It links to a crossword puzzle for practice.)
• Basic Family Vocabulary. (A visual family tree to explain aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, etc. For informal family terms (Mom, Dad, Nana, etc.) see English Detective Back Issues, #119 (Dec.4, 2018.) It's the second section after the campfire photo.
• Be a Word Detective (words relating to detective investigations)
• Practice 19 Words from the AWL (Academic Word List)
• Writing Test Vocabulary (explains and tests essential instruction words)
• Advanced Adjective Opposites Matching Games. The next three pages also practice matching adjectives with the opposites:
• Practice Common Prefixes (This page and the next use many common academic words.)
• Practice (and Play with) Negative Prefixes.
• Science Crossword Puzzles (printable plus one online interactive puzzle)
• Vocabulary for Violence (It includes some very ugly words. Sorry, but you need to know them to understand the news in English.)
Most of these pages use somewhat less common academic vocabulary—and a lot of words at once. Don’t start with these, but do try them once you know most of the more basic words above. They are also from the Academic Word List. They're used in textbooks, university lectures, and on tests like the TOEFL.
• Free Printable Crossword Puzzles. (See especially the Social Science Vocabulary, City Planning, Together & Concurrent, & Connections puzzles. They're connected with newsletters 17-23. Look at the Collaborative Thinking crossword too.)
• Conservation Terminology (on global warming)
• Academic Vocabulary (with J.F. Kennedy's 1961 State of the Union address)
• President Obama on Polish Freedom (Academic Vocab Practice 3.)
See Vocabulary Games for vocabulary practice arranged by type of game. (It includes puzzles, word scrambles, matching, and gap-fills.)
English Language Tests has general test preparation suggestions as well as a listing of quizzes and tests. (Most are also included on this page, but here organized by topic.)