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IELTS Vocabulary: collocations

I keep seeing comments and questions from students that include the following sentences:

- I gave the test on Saturday.
- I gave my IELTS exam last week.

Both of the sentences above are wrong! You don't "give" a test or exam. This is the wrong verb + noun collocation.

Here are some correct collocations with the words test or exam:

- I took the test / exam.
- I sat the test / exam.
- I did the test / exam.
- I passed the test / exam.

It's important to use the right collocations. Getting them wrong makes your English sound strange. "I gave the test" sounds completely wrong.

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