Usually you get time before the writing test begins after reading test is over.
All you have to do is just spend 60 – 120 seconds to write your 25 most important words from your own vocabulary on QUESTION PAPER, remember its QUESTION PAPER, which is separately kept from answer sheet. There is a blank space on each inside pages below the topics and questions.
Write all the words from your own vocabulary there irrespective of whatever be the topic or question. Do this before you even read the topic, as this will speed up the process when you have not yet started thinking on topic in question.
Now take another 5 mins to think on how you will frame your sentences to use maximum number of words from those 25 words. Some of them may be useless depending on the topic in question. That’s not a problem at all.
If possible then write few points you are going to cover in your letter and essay on question paper, this exercise is not a waste of time at all, as you will not waste any time later and neither you will need to erase and write few sentences again which usually everyone does.
This is exactly like spending time in sharpening your blade before cutting the tree and then Cutting is faster than others. Successful people call it planning which ultimately helps later as you already know in which direction you are and you have to move while writing.
Anyhow sparing extra time at last and doing nothing is a mere wastage of time, because in writing what I have felt is there is always a better way and some space for improvements.
Once writing is done even if you know better idea you are helpless as you cannot start all over again, that’s like letting the bands go away in front of you after knowing a better way.
So don’t make the mistake of attacking the answer sheet the very next moment you get it. Spend more time on question paper as it is merely a rough paper provided to you for making any notes or using it as scratch pad. Use it.
This is the magic stick of your own vocabulary of 25 words which you can use in speaking as well. This is probably the shortest and smartest way to prove that you have a strong vocabulary without having one.
This trick works only in exams as there is a limited time to show your performance. But to be successful in your career you slowly need to improve and increase your vocabulary and lexical resource day by day.
This is a gradual and painstaking process, practice being the only solution and no other shortcuts. If you are a lazy fellow like me, I am going to provide you some ready to start list of vocabulary, which will include major words you can use in any topic in any situation.
Here we go!
Compilation: 01 (25 shortlisted Words and Phrases you can use in any essay/letter)
1. Anticipate a prompt reply – expect or predict a fast reply
2. Affection – a gentle feeling of fondness or liking. Example: “she felt affection for the wise old lady”
3. Abrupt – sudden and unexpected – Example: “I was surprised by the abrupt change of subject”
4. Ambitious – showing a strong desire
5. Avid/Eminent – having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something Example: “I read the book from Mr. David, who is an avid/eminent writer”
6. Consequently – as a result
7. Crave – feel a powerful desire for (something)
8. Daunting task – seeming difficult to deal with in prospect; intimidating
9. Discouraged – having lost confidence or enthusiasm; disheartened. Example: “he must be feeling pretty discouraged”
10. Exorbitant – unreasonably high
11. Expedite – make happen sooner
12. Encouraged – give support, confidence, or hope to (someone) Example: “we were encouraged by the success of this venture”
13. Futile – incapable of producing any useful result; pointless
14. Herculean task – requiring great strength or effort
15. Hazardous – risky; dangerous Example: “we work in hazardous conditions”
16. Inevitable – certain to happen; unavoidable. Example: “war was inevitable”
17. Intriguing – arousing one’s curiosity or interest; fascinating Example: “an intriguing story”
18. Inseparable – unable to be separated or treated separately Example: “research and higher education seem inseparable”
19. Indispensable – absolutely necessary
20. Predominantly – mainly or mostly – Example: “it is predominantly a coastal bird”
21. Sceptical – doubtful and not sure
22. Seldom – very rarely Example: “I seldom go to pop shows”
23. Staunch – very loyal and committed in attitude/very strong Example: “I am a staunch believer in God”
24. Undeniable fact – unable to be denied or disputed Example: “it is an undeniable fact that some dogs are easier to train than others”
25. Vigorous – strong, healthy, and full of energy Example: “a tall, vigorous, and muscular man” I hope this will help you all a lot in doing smart work rather than very hard word in mugging up too many words. I recommend to all readers to first get used to these words in their day to day lives. This will help you even after passing IELTS with good score in your Job/Business.