A great way to improve your IELTS score is by using synonyms for common words. In the marking criteria of writing and speaking test, a 7 score requires students to “use a sufficient range of vocabulary to allow some flexibility”. We summarized a list of common words that can help a great deal in getting you a good IELTS score.


1. Amazing

Incredible: The hotel was incredible.

Fabulous: They’ve got a fabulous apartment in the centre of Paris.

Astonishing: Her first novel enjoyed an astonishing success.

Astounding: There was an astounding 20% increase in sales.

Extraordinary: She was a truly extraordinary woman.


2. Awful

Dreadful: I’m afraid there’s been a dreadful mistake.

Abominable: The judge described the attack as an abominable crime.

Terrible: He had suffered terrible injuries.

Unpleasant: The minerals in the water made it unpleasant to drink.


3. Bad

Inferior: Modern music is often considered inferior to that of the past.

Unfavorable: The play received generally unfavorable reviews.

Faulty: His arguments were based on faulty reasoning.

Depraved: Someone who abuse a kid like that must be totally depraved.

Appalling: The bus service is appalling now.


4. Calm

Collected: She always stays cool and collected in a crisis.

Unruffled: He remained unruffled by their accusations.

Serene: He approached the job with the serene confidence.

Composed: She seemed outwardly composed.