Many students struggle while taking the TOEFL exam because of their lack of vocabulary. While it may seem easy to increase your vocabulary for the TOEFL, it is hard for students to study vocabulary when they try to do so without enough time in advance to prepare. It becomes difficult and stressful for students when they try to cram new vocabulary in their brains right before the test. Remember, while vocabulary may be important and useful taking the test (and outside of taking the test), do not stop too long to try to figure out the definitions of words you do not know. The words you will need to know the definitions of to understand the main ideas of the text will have their definitions underneath the passages.
In order to reduce the stress of preparing for the TOEFL, we always suggest students give themselves enough time to prepare. To start preparing, here are 10 common words you may find when taking the TOEFL to help to ease the pressure of not knowing what to expect on the test.
1. Speculate (verb): to form a theory or conjecture about a subject without firm evidence
2. Vanity (noun): excessive pride in or admiration of one's own appearance or achievements
3. Compensation (noun): (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed
4. Abrasive (adjective): (of a substance or material) capable of polishing or cleaning a hard surface by rubbing or grinding
5. Nonchalant (adjective): (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed
6. Astute (adjective): wise or keen; shrewd; with sharp intelligence
7. Innocuous (adjective): not harmful or offensive
8. Ensue (verb): (of a substance or material) capable of polishing or cleaning a hard surface by rubbing or grinding
9. Misnomer (noun): a wrong or inaccurate use of a name or term
10. Transgress (verb): go beyond or violate the limit of (a moral principle or other established standard of behavior)
Now you can try to memorize the words and practice using them. To help you remember, we suggest using the words in your own sentences, making flashcards, or playing vocabulary games. You can use whichever method you prefer! If you are interested in finding more information about enrolling in a TOEFL course in Los Angeles or Orange County, visit our website American English Language School, or email email@example.com!
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