Ready to kick off your preparation for the IELTS test? There is a wealth of resources and practice material you can explore on our website. From today, we are launching our 'A to Z of the IELTS test' series of articles where we delve deep into a wide range of topics to help you better prepare for the exam.

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In our first article of the series, we look at some powerful action verbs starting with A to help you add more oomph to your sentences.

Account for

The percentage of learners who studied for a career was highest in 2007, accounting for 56% of the total.

Accelerate

The growth of homeschooling has been accelerated by the advent of the Internet.

Acquire

Absorb

The optimum time for a person to acquire a second language is during their formative years, when they absorb knowledge more quickly.

Anticipate

In 2040, however, the quantity of people who hold a higher degree is anticipated to rise to 78%.

Advise

advise someone / advise someone to do something

I wish to advise you that the air conditioning system that was installed in my home last week has stopped operating.

Assist

assist someone / assist someone with something / assist someone in doing something

Allow

allow someone something / allow someone to do something

When assisting young learners with their homework, it is essential to allow them time to process the requirements of the task.

Aid

aid someone / aid someone in doing something

Being able to utilise a second language aids people in communicating with a wider range of cultures and nationalities.

Appear

something appears to do something

The refrigerator appears to function less effectively during daylight hours as the food items tend not to be overly cool, which concerns me.

Appoint

be appointed a role

I was just recently appointed the role of team leader, so I’m not sure whether I enjoy my work or not at the moment.

Assume

I’m sorry for my late reply regarding your issue with the new laptops.  I assume by now that you have contacted the IT support office?

Argue

It has been argued that public transport should be made free for full-time students who travel from their home to their academic institution.

Advance

Therefore, if people wish to advance further in their career, it is crucial to have knowledge and skills in more than one language.