IELTS Band 5 vocabulary list

IELTS Band 5 vocabulary list

IELTS Band 5 vocabulary list

Your vocabulary is assessed in ALL parts of the IELTS, and the words on this page are what the examiner is looking for in order for you to reach a Band 5.0 result in your vocabulary.

Once you have looked through the list below, test your self with our IELTS Band 5.0 vocabulary list exercises. The exercises are split into groups of 10 words each to make learning easier!

Click here to study IELTS Band 5 vocabulary list group 1

Click here to study IELTS Band 5 vocabulary list group 2

Tips for using the vocabulary for IELTS lists:

  • look carefully through the list to make sure you know the words and are confident that you can use them in your written or spoken English.
  • Look up the meaning of any new words and put them in a sentence. If you’re not sure your sentence is correct, post it in the comments section at the bottom of the page and we’ll check it for you.
  • Make a handwritten note of any new words, ideally in a separate note pad that you carry with you. Whenever you have a few minutes – waiting for a bus, just before going to sleep, waiting for the kettle to boil – take out the list and look through, reminding yourself of the word and the meaning.
  • Improving your vocabulary for IELTS takes practice, so try to use the new word(s) in any suitable situation over the next few weeks – using the new word will help you remember it!
  • Write the new word a number of times – writing down vocabulary will help you remember it and will also help with spelling.


across equal laugh picture
act example lay piece
actor excellent layer pint
actress except lead place
add excite leaf plain
after excuse least plan
again exercise leave plenty
against expect lengthen pocket
ago expensive lessen point
agree experience liar police
air experiment library popular
all explain lid pour
alone factory lie pretty
along fail light print
always fair likely private
another familiar line product
any fan list production
around fancy live pump
ask fatten local punish
avoid fear lock pupil
awake fight loose purchase
backward film lord pure
bar final loss purpose
basic finger loud puzzle
bath firm lovely quarter
battle fix machine question
because flat main quite
become flatten mark race
before flavour marry rail
belt flood master raise
between floor match ready
bill flow matter real
both follow may relax
box foot maybe repair
bridge forget meal repeat
bring forgive mean replace
build forward mechanic reply
burn found melt report
business freeze mend rest
busy friend metre return
camp friendly middle reward
can fright might roast
carry frighten mild rob
catch fruit mile robbery
cheap fry miss rock
check funny mistake role
choice fur mixture roll
choose furniture month room
circle further moon rough
clean gap motor round
clear gift mountain royal
clever glad mouse rub
clock glass must rubber
close goal narrow rubbish
colour golden neat rude
conversation ground nephew rug
copy group nest ruin
corner growth net sadden
cotton guest never scientific
could guide new search
country gun news season
couple habit next second
cousin hang niece secretary
cross happen nobody seed
crowd harden none seek
crown harm noon seem
customer heal normal select
cycle hear nothing self
daily heart notice selfish
danger heavy noun sentence
dark height now set
deaf high nurse settle
deep hill ocean sew
department hire odd shake
desk hit once shall
dictionary hole only share
die homework onto sharpen
different hope onwards sheep
difficult hurry ordinary sheet
dig hurt other shoot
dinner if otherwise short
dip ill ought shorten
disagree inside owe should
disappear introduce own show
doctor introduction package sick
dollar island pain side
drag jaw pair sight
draw join pale sign
dress joke panel signal
drum journal parcel stage
dry joy part steady
each just pass tape
earn kill passage target
east kind passenger task
either knee paste taste
empty knock pastry tax
enjoy know percent team
enter large photograph tell
entrance last physical tense
envelope lately pick total

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