150 Most Common IELTS Spelling Mistakes

If you are aiming for Band 7 or higher in IELTS Writing, you must make sure your spelling is very good.

The band descriptors for IELTS Writing state that if you make more than occasional vocabulary errors (which includes spelling), then you probably won’t get Band 7 for Lexical Resource. So be careful with your spelling!

To help you, I’ve created a PDF of what I think are the 150 most common spelling mistakes that are made in IELTS Writing. You can download the free PDF here. Just click on the button below.

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Test Your Spelling!

After studying the list, you can test your spelling!

Each test below has 30 words from the list. How many can you get right? Just click or tap on the correct words. Good luck!

Test 1: Words 1 to 30

Test 2: Words 31 to 60

Test 3: Words 61 to 90

Test 4: Words 91 to 120

Test 5: Words 121 to 150

Click here for more IELTS Practice Activities

About the author

Charlie is a former IELTS Examiner with 25 years' teaching experience all over the world. His courses, for both English language learners and teachers, have been taken by over 100,000 students in over 160 countries around the world.

1 thought on “150 Most Common IELTS Spelling Mistakes”

  1. Without a context, the spelling test is difficult. I clicked “allot” for the first question which was marked as incorrect. But I was thinking of an example verb, as in “How shall we allot this year’s entertainment budget?”

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