Essential Words for the TOEFL
This valuable handbook features vocabulary and definitions of more than 5000 words
Added features include vocabulary-building strategies and advice on how to learn new English words with help from a dictionary and thesaurus.
This revised book is specifically designed for ESL students preparing to take the TOEFL and features updated vocabulary that is seen most often on the exam. It includes: Phrases and purpose words (for example, define, discuss, claim, etc.) that are used in the speaking and writing sections of the test New words and phrases, since you are often asked to explain the meaning of a phrase Lists of vocabulary words with definitions, sample sentences, and practice exercises for 5000 need-to-know words Detailed advice to help students expand their English language vocabulary, and more Students can test their mastery of TOEFL vocabulary by taking the included practice test
Because knowledge of vocabulary is basic to knowledge of language, many universities request a report of a subscore on this section of the TOEFL.
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is an English proficiency test for students and professionals whose native language is not English and who wish to study or work in the United States, Canada, and many other English speaking environments. A great deal of misunderstanding persists about TOEFL vocabulary. It is often assumed that there is an endless list of words that can be tested, making the task of vocabulary learning seem almost impossible. Actually, the number of words that can be tested is quite limited and predictable, including only words with synonyms. In addition, because the TOEFL is a test for colleges, universities, and the professions, only academic vocabulary will appear. The book focuses on vocabulary building, selecting the most likely words to appear and teaching the student how to learn them. It also gives the student the tools with which to learn many other words. Matthiesen invested a great deal of research in this book. Essential Words for the TOEFL is the product of an extensive study of TOEFL vocabulary, including over 2,000 TOEFL vocabulary questions from dozens of different TOEFL tests (p. v). It identifies words and the synonyms which have appeared as both correct and incorrect answers.As much as 60% of the vocabulary tested on any given TOEFL form would consist of one of these words in either the stem or the options. If such a list were studied by students, they could show a considerable improvement in their score on the vocabulary section of the test.
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This revised book is specifically designed for ESL students preparing to take the TOEFL and features updated vocabulary that is seen most often on the exam. It includes:
Phrases and “purpose” words (for example, define, discuss, claim, etc.) that are used in the speaking and writing sections of the test