This is the third part of the 4 part series calledThe Reading Section Overview- TOEFL-iBT®.
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.
So as you may know already, when taking any standardized test, you’ll eventually be allowed a small break. These will range in frequency and in length depending on the test. I will be focusing on a specific standardized English tests which is the TOEFL-ibt but the tips that I give you here can be applied in other standardized English tests as well, such as the IELTS, TOEIC, and many more. During all standardized tests you will get a break.
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.
As you know during 3/4 of this test you will have to take notes. You will be doing this during The Listening Section, The Speaking Section, and The Writing Section. However, you must be aware that this is not an easy skill to master here is a shortlist of things that I have compiled and applied with my students to help them improve their writing skills as fast as they can.