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According to many, the English language has a minimum of 200,000 words. There are , however, estimates that there could be up to a million. A small percentage of these words are dubbed as college-level English words which will be used on the TOEFL iBT and in university textbooks in many parts of the world.
Having a basic foundation of college level vocabulary is crucial to helping you score high on the TOEFL iBT. For example, if you know the definitions of a couple thousand college-level vocabulary words, you will understand the vocabulary on the reading and listening sections of the TOEFL iBT. Furthermore, having a good vocabulary foundation will help you to perform optimally on the speaking and writing sections of the TOEFL iBT since both of these sections will require you to speak or write about academic topics that you have read or listened.
Despite the advantages of knowing the definitions of college-level vocabulary, many English language learners are ill-equipped in terms of their vocabulary proficiency. Why is this? First, a lack of regular vocabulary study, limited extensive reading, and little or no interaction with native speakers of English will quickly cause these learners to forget what they have learned. Have you ever heard of the expression, “Use it or lose it?” Second, using long lists, learners try to memorize vocabulary without ever using it in speaking or writing. Of course, memorizing long lists rarely works and will quickly be forgotten. Finally, learners have no strategy for guessing the meaning of new words encountered in TOEFL iBT reading and listening passages. There is a better way!
Downloading my 1,700 TOEFL Words is a great start in helping you overcome these obstacles.
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