Does IELTS accept UK or US spelling? Can you write “colour” or “color” in your IELTS test? Will you lose marks if you use US vocabulary?
What is IELTS?
IELTS means “International English Language Testing System”. This means that it is not a UK English test, it is an International English Language test.
US or UK Spelling in IELTS?
As IELTS is international, it means that you can choose either UK or US spelling. So, if you write “specialized” or “specialised”, both are accepted.
Can I use UK and US spelling in my writing?
No, you can’t mix your spell. You must choose all US spelling or all UK spelling. You can’t write some words with American spelling and other words with British spelling. Choose your language and stick to it.
US / UK Vocabulary List
See this list of vocabulary with both spelling: US UK Vocabulary Spelling List (this is from a different website).
More IELTS Test Information
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- IELTS Listening
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- IELTS Writing Task 2
- IELTS Speaking
- Vocabulary for IELTS
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