Vocabulary | Academic Collocations Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

We are back with a new quiz for our popular collocations series. Remember that collocations are words that are naturally used together. You need to show knowledge of collocations to reach band 7 Vocabulary in the IELTS test and this lesson will help you do just that. Use these collocations as part of the 10 to 15 new words you should be aiming to learn each week as you get ready for the IELTS test.

Complete the Collocations

1. The scientists plan to _____a study into the effects of the new chemical over the coming months.
conduct
start
write
confer
2. Many countries are having trouble ______ pollution in major cities.
by
to
with
off
3. The public should _____ pressure on companies to act more ethically.
put
make
push
force
4. Higher taxation of tobacco has had a major impact _____ sales.
with
to
from
on
5. The _____ purpose of this essay is to argue that funding for the arts should be increased.
minor
miner
main
important
6. You must take advantage of every opportunity _____ show how good your speaking is in the speaking test.
to
for
about
by
7. I have no doubts _____ the ability of the new manager.
from
about
with
to
8. How can non-governmental organizations reduce the gap _____ the rich and poor?
within
outside
between
among


Practice Task | Speaking

If the collocations in this lesson are new,  guess their meanings, then check to see if you are correct with a dictionary.

You should also use this new vocabulary often to insure you don’t forget it. Record yourself answering the questions below as this will help you to prepare for possible questions in the IELTS speaking test. Listen back to the recording and check for errors and breaks in your fluency.

  1. Should the government put more pressure on people to live a healthy lifestyle?
  2. What impact does industry have on the environment in your country?
  3. What is your main purpose for doing the IELTS test?
  4. Have you ever failed to take advantage of an opportunity to do something or go somewhere?
  5. Is the gap between the rich and poor becoming wider in your country? Why/not?


Want more practice? Check out or review our other collocations quizzes below.

Collocations Quiz 1
Collocations Quiz 2
Collocations Quiz 3
Collocations Quiz 4
Collocations Quiz 5
Collocations Quiz 6

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