Estimated reading time: 10 minutes This post is the continuation of the first installment of the series, The Reading Section – Audios – TOEFL-iBT® (2/4). If you are new here, I would recommend starting from there in order to understand this better by clicking here (LINK TO The Listening Section Overview – TOEFL-iBT® (1/4)). If …
As you know, prepping for an international test is no easy challenge. You have all the stakes weighing deeper on your shoulders, you need a specific score with a deadline, the nerve of the moment, and so much more. It`s a lot of pressure. Luckily, you don’t need to cave in despair, as you can easily be the master of your destiny. You just need to be consistent with a few habits. Study habits that is. Here is the short answer:
Vocabulary, as I have said before, is essential if you want to score good on a test or just increase your general knowledge of the language. So here I collected a list of vocab that I usually share with my students. It really helps them into expressing their ideas in different forms and manners that just stand out of the mainstream.
Ok guys and gals. This is the essential, the basics of the English language. Here I have listed the 1000 most common words in English collected from billions of entries online in order to figure out which words tend to be more common. This doesn’t mean that if you know all these words you can speak as well as a Native Speaker, as Native English Speakers of 25 years of age and above, will have a vocabulary that will range between 15.000 and 35.000 words. So as I said before, these are the basic ones.
Now by far this is on the top 3 challenges any student can have when preparing for a standardized test, along with grammar and structuring your responses and to be honest there isn’t a super fast way to increase your vocabulary. It takes months or years to get to a very high level of vocab, depending on your starting point and how much you actually practice.
I know it has been mentioned here plenty of times. But getting vocab is the most fundamental part of your preparation for a test or to just get better in any language. The process is slow, there isn’t much that we can do about it. However, there are a few tips that you can follow in order to make the journey smoother and in the end even fun.