Key English | IELTS Vocabulary

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About this app

The best way to learn vocabulary is to start with the most common words. Key English | IELTS Vocabulary will teach you the most frequent words in Academic, IELTS and TOEFL English texts. It also has an IELTS Writing Task 2 section to help you develop your essay writing!

Vocabulary features:
• Written by a professional Academic English Instructor.
• Learn the words, their definitions AND example sentences to see how they are used in context.
• Follow your progress and save your data to the cloud.
• Game mode with leveling system will help keep you motivated.
• Synonyms help you learn words in groups.
• Multiple choice, spelling, synonym and grammar games give you confidence!
• Save difficult words to view and play games with later.
• Important vocabulary lessons teach you how to study.
• Examples and definitions are carefully prepared for English learners.
• No annoying logins or internet connection needed!
• Includes important vocabulary for essay writing.

Writing Task 2 features:
• Interactive lessons help you learn important essay techniques.
• Practice with example tasks and study our model answers, complete with notes that focus on the key aspects of essay writing.
• Know more about band descriptors with our band descriptors guide.

This app contains no ads and all its features are free. If you want to support us, you can make an in-app donation or pay a small fee to have your essays marked with feedback emailed to you by our experienced IELTS teachers.

About the developer

My name is Sam and I am an Academic English teacher. I have found that my students often are able to understand new words, but find it difficult to use them in the correct situations. I decided to write this app to not only teach students the most important academic words, but also help them know how and when to use them. Consequently, the dictionary entries contain definitions AND example sentences written at a level of English that learners can understand.

Spelling, synonyms and grammar is all covered for each word to help students remember what they learn.

If you are unable to pay the small fee for the full app, send me an email (see additional information) and I’ll send you a code to unlock the full app for free!

Happy learning!
Updated on
Jan 3, 2023

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898 reviews
Weiyi Li
August 9, 2020
The way to practice vocabulary in this App is amazing, the words have to be learned in the sentence by multiple aspects: definitions, spelling, synonyms. I found it contains 10 Sets x 5 Groups x 12 words, equals to 600 words. I am not sure if that's all the words, just hope I can learn more words, not only for IELTS. I can also track progress, I really like the message above the progress graph, "try to have a habit of practicing your vocabulary for an equal amount of time each day". Thanks!
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Ahmed Tawfeek
January 12, 2022
The app is perfect, and I really appreciate your great effort. However, I have faced a problem. When I have changed my phone, I had to start my progress over, so I'd really appreciate it if you could make some kind of registration with email addresses , or whatever you see appropriate in order to keep my progress. In addition, I recommended it to my friends and we couldn't find it on app store.
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Abbas q
June 9, 2021
I love the very high quality of this application. I am studying AWL for about one month, and being fond of it. I really owe you dears. Indeed, studying it's short courses on writing task 1 & 2 was very helpful. But unfortunately, I am living in Iran and I can't pay the low price of full course experience, because we are under sanctions and I can't pay fees 🥺😔 I wish there was a way to accessing this course even for just one month. Thank you again dear IELTS tutorials instructors ❤️🧡🤍
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Simon Morgan
June 15, 2021
Hi there Abbas, I'm sure I can help you with access! Please email me at or use the app to send me a message.

What's new

Version 1.46: The links to our writing ebooks and online courses have been updated. You can download the pdf Ebooks from the Academic Word List page -> Writing eBooks and Online Courses
Version 1.45: I have updated and corrected all online and vocabulary lessons - they now all better fit mobile screens.
Version 1.44: I have added a collocations section to the app with quizzes from our latest online lessons. (Include permissions to record audio for pronunciation)