Being an English Language proficiency test, all components of IELTS are heavily focussed on vocabulary. In fact, without understanding the concept of contextual vocabulary, your preparation will be incomplete. To help you improve your vocabulary we have created a detailed article about vocabulary for IELTS. This, on the other hand, will focus only on the vocabulary from the Education genre.

Vocabulary Skills Tested in the IELTS Exam

Your vocabulary skills are tested in IELTS under the marking criteria “lexical resource”. It assesses your ability to use a range of vocabulary that is relevant to the topic and how appropriate and accurate they are in terms of the specific task.


  1. “Less number of people does crime these days.”
  2. “Less number of people commits crime these days.”

Sentence 1, although is grammatically and structurally correct, does not use the right word. 

Sentence 2, is the exact same sentence but uses the right word “commit”. You do not “do” crime, you “commit” it. 

Understanding when to use which word is an important skill that you need to develop if you want to crack IELTS with a good score.

Education Vocabulary Words with Meanings

Education is a very popular genre in IELTS. Both speaking and writing section saw a myriad of topics that are related to education. Here is a comprehensive list of common words and their meanings, related to education:

Related to Institutions:

  • Kindergarten– A class for young children, usually four and five years old, which is often the first year of formal education.
  • Primary school– In the U.K. and other countries, a school for children between five and eleven years old.
  • Secondary School– A school for children between the ages of 11 and 18, approximately.
  • College– a place where you can study for an undergraduate (= first) degree.
  • Higher education– Education at a college or university where subjects are studied at an advanced level.
  • Postgraduate school– A place where students study beyond degree level.
  • Law school– A University where people study law.
  • Medical school– A university where people study medicine.

Related to Course

  • Certificate– The documentation you receive when you are successful in an exam.
  • Diploma– A document issued by a college or university to show that you have passed a particular exam or finished your studies.
  • Online course– An online course is a course that is focused on the use of information and communications technology for learning.
  • Distance learning course– A course in a university that is far away from your location, for which you receive study materials by mail and take the exams in allotted centres.
  • Vocational course– A course which teaches you the skills required for a specific job. For example: welding, tailoring etc.
  • Non-vocational course– A course, that is not related to any particular job, but to a general subject like Geography or Biology.
  • Integrated Course– An integrated course means a combined course. For example A 4year B.Tech combined with 2year M.Tech, which can be done in a span of 5 years. 
  • B.A/ B.Sc– Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science
  • M.A/ M.Sc– Master of Arts/ Master of Science
  • PhD– Doctor of Philosophy

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Related to University Work

  • Presentations– A talk to a group in which information about a new idea is presented.
  • Lectures– A formal talk on a serious subject given to a group of people, especially students.
  • Tutorials– A period of study with a tutor involving one student or a small group
  • Thesis– A piece of writing that involves an original idea on the study of a subject for a college or university degree.
  • Dissertation– A long piece of writing on a particular subject, especially one written for a university degree
  • Hypothesis– An idea or explanation of something that is based on a few known facts but that has not yet been proved to be true or correct
  • Assignment– A task or piece of work that somebody is given to do, usually as part of their job or studies
  • Project work- A planned work that is designed to find information about a particular thing, to produce something new, or to improve something.
  • Research- A careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it.

General Educational Vocabulary Word with Meaning:

  • Literacy Rate- The percentage of people in a country or region, who can read and write.
  • Comprehensive Education- A well-rounded, broad education that covers a variety of subjects.
  • Scholarship- An award of either fee or supported education for high achievers.
  • Student loan- An amount of money loaned by students, that they must pay back after graduating.
  • Intensive course- A course that runs for a short duration of time, but contains a lot of information and training.
  • Truancy- Being absent from school without permission.
  • Gap year- To take a year out between high school and university.


Preparing for vocabulary is not as difficult as it sounds. The best way is to read a lot of articles, blogs and books on the topics that are fairly common, and note down the key words. Education is one of the popular topics and there are of course, more words than the ones we discussed. You can go through university brochures and blogs that are dedicated to student life and education and find vocabulary related to education all by yourself!

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