Big Quiz Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

Test your complete English grammar and vocabulary ability with our first big quiz. For answers that you get wrong, see our Answer Explanations at the bottom of the quiz.

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Answer Explanations


​These are noun + preposition collocations. We say ‘increase in…’ and ‘dangers of…’ so the answer is b).

​Numbers change over time from ‘an initial number’ to ‘the final number’. We use at for numbers that stay (remain) at a value. The answer is c).

For more, see our lesson on Referencing Data in Academic Writing Task 1.


​We don’t use articles when we talk generally about things, so we say ‘governments should…’ not ‘the governments should…’ We use the with issue’ – ‘The issue of…’ Note that if we don’t include ‘the issue’, we just say ‘I believe governments should spend more time focusing on global inequality.’ The answer is a).

For more, visit our Articles lesson.


​These are common collocations (words that naturally join together), so are good to know. When it comes to learning English, students must take their time if they want to make progress. The answer is c).

For more, see our lessons on Collocations.


​Following prepositions like ‘Before’ we use verb + ing: ‘Before making…’ After ‘try’ we use the infinitive (to + verb): ‘try to understand…’ The answer is b).

To learn more, go to our Gerund or Infinitive Quiz.


​This sentence needs contrasting language because the first clause ‘vaccinations can save lives’ is positive and the second clause ‘many people don’t have them’ is negative’. For this reason we start with Although. The second part of the sentence includes a reason clause ‘they live in isolated communities’ so we use because. The answer is c).

For more, visit our Linking Phrases lesson.


​‘building methods’ is a noun so we want an adjective to describe it: ‘Traditional building methods’. ‘friendly’ is an adjective so we use an adverb to modify it: environmentally. The answer is a).

To study more, see our Suffixes lesson.


​We can use that and which as a relative pronoun for things (note we can’t use which for people). Because we have included the phrase ‘I believe’ we can also choose to not include a relative pronoun. Note if we don’t include the ‘I believe’ phrase, we must use a relative pronoun: Critical thinking is a subject that/which should be taught in schools. The answer is d).

We have a lesson on Relative Clauses for you to learn more.


​The subject of this sentence is ‘Improving the education of women’. Thus it is a singular subject (Note that ‘women’ is plural, but ‘women’ isn’t the subject, improving their education is). The answer must be a) ‘it’ as the other options are for plural subjects.

Note also that we could use ‘this’ instead, but we like to use ‘this’ to reference the information in the last part of the previous sentence (in this case people might assume ‘this’ would reference the ‘benefit a country’ part of the sentence, not ‘Improving the education of women’).

Here is a lesson on referencing for you to learn more.


​More collocations to learn. Remember that we set targets and reach goals. Note if we start a sentence with a verb, we use verb + ing (but if the sentence is an instruction we can use just verb 1 (for example a cook book might say “Break the eggs, then mix them with the flour.”)).  The answer is c).

Here is another collocations quiz to give you more practice.