500 Must-Have Words for English Exams

This vocabulary section is based on over 500 words advanced English learners must know before entering English exams like IELTS, TOEFL and SAT. While these 500 words are not all you need, a lack of mastery of these words raises questions about your English exam preparedness. They are based on a study of high frequency exam words.

We’ve embedded these words under different topics and provided activities to test your knowledge using realistic contextual examples. This is a more effective and easy way of mastering vocabulary of this nature as opposed to rote memorisation of single words. Our exercises

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Ancient Life –  Vocabulary  to practice – accuracy, adjacent, compress, feasibly, gut, integrally, overlap, retain, seep, structure

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Computers –  Vocabulary  to practice – circulate, corrode, derive, detection, expeditiously, implement, innovative, installation, maintenance, simulation

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Disasters –  Vocabulary  to practice – anticipate, catastrophic, collide, eruption, famine, flood, impact, persevere, plunge, unleash

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Energy – Vocabulary  to practice – combustion, component, convey, discretely, nucleus, permeate, rotate, solar, source, trigger

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Evolution & Migration – Vocabulary  to practice – adapt, diverse, evolve, feature, generation, inherent, migration, physical, process, survive

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Food & Crops –  Vocabulary  to practice – abandon, adversely, aggregate, cultivation, fertilise, intensify, irrigation, photosynthesis, obtain, precipitation 

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Memory – Vocabulary  to practice – acquisition, anomaly, consciously, degrade, gap, indisputable, intervene, intuitively, recede, retrieve

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Petroleum Alternatives – Vocabulary  to practice – constraint, contamination, deplete, dispose of, elementally, emission, extinction, reservoir, shrink, stable

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Spirituality – Vocabulary  to practice – agnostic, animism, atheist, be inclined to, contemplate, deify, ecclesiastical, exalt, pious, sacrifice

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Time Efficiency – Vocabulary  to practice – adjust, arbitrary, denominator, exponentially, infinitesimal, maximise, parallel, proportion, rate, sequence

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Employment – Vocabulary  to practice – compensate, dynamic, enterprising, exploit, incentive, industrious, marginal, merit, promote, resign

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Expertise – Vocabulary  to practice – curriculum, distinctly, erudite, fortify, implicitly, parochial, rigor, roster, secular, suspend

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Financial Systems – Vocabulary  to practice – allocate, commodity, decline, equity, inflation, net, per capita, regulate, subsidy, tangible

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Ghosts –  Vocabulary  to practice – astrological, divination, haunt, horror, intermediary, invoke, meditate, phantom, psychic, self-perpetuating, 

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History – Vocabulary  to practice – chronologically, coincide, consequence, core, deny, diminish, longitude, milieu, Orwellian, reconciliation

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Military Operations – Vocabulary  to practice – allegiance, artillery, battle, cease, hierarchy, in the trenches, mobilise, rank, ratio, strategic

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Personal Property – Vocabulary  to practice – acquire, assess, asset, hazardous, jointly, lease, liability, proprietor, safeguard, sole

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Social Inequality – Vocabulary  to practice – amend, biased, burden, counter, de facto, discriminate, notion, oppress, paradigm, prejudiced

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Society – Vocabulary  to practice – assimilate, cremation, domesticate, folklore, fossilise, relic, rite, ritually, saga, vestige

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Surgery – Vocabulary  to practice – anesthesia, augment, certifiably, complication, cure, implant, inject, obese, procedure, scar 

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War and Conquest – Vocabulary  to practice – annex, apex, collapse, conquest, devise, invasive, prevailing, resist, severely, violation 

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Wealth & Social Class – Vocabulary  to practice – accumulate, affluence, elite, impoverish, luxury, nobility, prestige, privileged, prosper, working class