1200 Commonly Repeated spellings of Words in the IELTS Listening Test

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1200 Commonly Repeated spellings of Words in the IELTS Listening Test

Frequently Asked Questions

Do spellings matter in IELTS test?

Yes. You are marked for the correctness of your spellings.

Should I follow American or British spelling? For example, it is color in Amercian and colour in British?

Please stick to the British variant. It is “Colour”

Should I use “z” or “s” in words like familiari[s/z]e, urbani[s/z]ation ?

Please follow the British variant here also. Use “s”.

In cases like ” New Zealand” will I lose marks if I write “Newzealand”?


In cases like “snorkeling” will I lose marks if I write “snorkelling”? I ask this question because, it shows that I know the word, only the “l” is extra?

Yes, you will lose marks. You are supposed to be aware of the correct spelling.

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Rajpreet kaur

Posted on Oct 17, 2021

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Posted on Aug 8, 2021

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Iran irani

Posted on Aug 3, 2021

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Posted on Jul 21, 2021

This helped alot with my mistakes, Amazing work and thank you



Posted on Mar 12, 2020

Look at Cambridge 7 listening test 3! Type of job required:



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Posted on Jul 23, 2019

Hello; is there any new update after 14th version? Thx again..



Posted on Mar 1, 2019

is “fulltime” really correct? I Googled and turns out full-time is the correct one…


Muhammad Zafar Afghan

Posted on Jan 9, 2019

Thank you very much for your efforts.



Posted on Nov 17, 2017

tFrance is a mistake or it is really in that form?



Posted on Sep 15, 2016

Hi Ielts material,
Thank you so much for the useful posted list.
Do we need to know some of common English names? If possible, please add some.


IELTS Material

IELTS Material

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

Hi, Many thanks for your comment. We are so sorry for missing common names in IELTS listening test. Please check out the list below:

Common Names for Boys: Andrew, Edward, Richard, Samuel, Timothy, Kenneth, Christopher, Thompson
Common Names for Girls: Catherine, Margaret, Samantha, Debbie, Rachael, Madeline, Charlotte, Claire, Rebecca, Lillie, Bridget

All the best!

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