TOEFL Vocabulary

#1 Most Important TOEFL Vocab Mastery Tip (Application)

 

 

Memorize fewer words and use the words you already memorized more often.

 

Students' memorized vocabulary is too often larger than their used vocabulary. For your overall TOEFL score and English, spend more time practicing the vocabulary words you are learning than memorizing new words.

 

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TOEFL Vocabulary Most Frequent 252 back to top

 

Remember that every single one of these words comes from a TOEFL reading analysis. 60 real TOEFL readings were broken down word by word and statistically analyzed to determine the most frequently used words on the TOEFL. From this list, we created the top 252 that students either didn't know or didn't know well enough to enhance their score in every section of the TOEFL.

 

This is a special list too because you not only have the word but its basic pronunciation breakdown. It's broken down into syllables that will allow you to memorize and understand word parts better. The syllable in bold is the part that we say loudest when we say the word. So, you'll know what it means and how to say it with just this list.

  

    • a-bun-dance
    • a-dopt-ed
    • a-vail-a-bil-i-ty
    • a-vail-a-ble
    • ac-cess to
    • ac-com-plished
    • ac-cus-tomed
    • ac-cuse … of
    • ac-quire
    • ad-mire
    • ad-vance-ment
    • af-fect
    • al-most
    • anx-i-e-ty
    • ap-ply
    • ap-pre-ci-ate
    • ap-pro-pri-ate
    • ap-prox-i-mate-ly
    • ar-bi-trar-y
    • as-sis-tants 
    • at-tained
    • at-ti-tude
    • at-tract
    • at-trib-utes
    • au-to-bi-o-graph-i-cal
    • au-to-mat-ic
    • au-to-mo-biles
    • au-ton-o-mous
    • be-moaned
    • be-tween
    • bi-ol-o-gy
    • breadth
    • break-through
    • bright
    • broad-cast-ing
    • ca-pa-bil-i-ty
    • ca-reer
    • ca-ter
    • can-di-dates
    • care-ful-ly
    • ce-leb-ri-ties
    • cer-e-bral
    • chief
    • cin-e-ma
    • co-or-di-na-tion
    • co-work-ers
    • col-lab-o-ra-tion
    • com-mu-ni-ca-tion
    • com-pan-ion
    • com-pe-tent-ly
    • com-plet-ed 
    • con-cerns
    • con-di-tions
    • con-fi-dent
    • con-fine
    • con-tract
    • cri-sis
    • cri-te-ri-a
    • crit-i-cal
    • cul-ti-vat-ed
    • dai-ly
    • dan-ger-ous
    • de-com-po-si-tion
    • de-fense
    • de-for-est-a-tion
    • de-light
    • de-parts
    • de-plet-ed
    • de-scen-dants
    • de-tract-ors
    • de-vi-at-ing
    • de-vised
    • dec-i-mat-ed
    • dev-as-ta-tion
    • dic-tate
    • dis-like
    • dis-sat-is-fy-ing
    • dis-tance
    • doc-u-ment
    • dy-na-mo
    • dy-nam-ic
    • e-lab-o-rate
    • e-rad-i-cate
    • e-val-u-at-ed
    • ed-u-cat-ed
    • ef-fi-cient
    • ef-fort
    • en-coun-ters
    • en-cour-aged
    • en-dur-ing
    • en-er-get-ic
    • en-ter-tain-ment
    • en-vi-ron-ment
    • en-vis-ion
    • es-sen-tial
    • ex-ceed-ing-ly
    • ex-clu-sive
    • ex-pan-ded
    • ex-ten-sive
    • ex-ten-sive
    • ex-ter-nal
    • ex-tract-ing
    • fa-mous
    • fe-male
    • fea-tures
    • feed-back 
    • for-mu-late
    • foun-da-tion
    • friend-ly
    • ful-fill-ment
    • ge-o-chem-is-try
    • ge-o-graph-ic
    • ge-o-phys-ics
    • ge-o-ther-mal
    • gen-er-al-ize
    • gen-er-ate
    • grad-u-ates
    • guar-an-tee
    • hab-i-tats
    • han-dle
    • haz-ards
    • Hu-mor-ous
    • hy-drat-ed
    • hy-dro-dy-nam-ics
    • hy-dro-pow-er
    • i-de-al
    • i-den-ti-fy
    • im-meas-ur-a-bly
    • im-mense
    • Im-mo-bi-lized
    • im-per-a-tive
    • im-prac-ti-cal
    • Im-pres-sion
    • in prox-im-i-ty
    • In-ac-cu-rate
    • in-cen-tives
    • in-clud-ed
    • In-di-cate
    • In-put
    • in-spects
    • in-tend
    • in-ter-con-nect-ed
    • in-ter-na-tion-al-ly
    • in-ter-view
    • in-tro-duce
    • jus-ti-fy
    • keep
    • lack
    • lei-sure-ly
    • ma-jor-i-ty
    • match
    • meet
    • mem-bers
    • mi-cro-or-gan-isms
    • mi-cro-scope
    • min-i-mum
    • min-is-cule
    • mo-bil-i-ty
    • mo-men-tum
    • mo-ti-va-ted
    • mod-i-fy
    • move-ment
    • net-work
    • no-to-ri-ous-ly
    • none-the-less
    • o-mit
    • o-ver-time
    • ob-tain-ing
    • op-po-nents
    • pa-tient
    • per-son-al-ized
    • pho-to-graph
    • plau-si-ble
    • po-ten-tial
    • pop-u-la-tion
    • pre-dict
    • pre-miere
    • pre-pare
    • pre-req-ui-sites
    • pre-sume
    • Pref-er-enc-es
    • pri-va-cy
    • pro-ceed
    • pro-cess 
    • pro-duc-tion
    • pro-duc-tiv-i-ty
    • pro-duc-tive
    • pro-fes-sion
    • pro-gram-ming
    • pro-gress
    • pro-long
    • pro-mot-ing
    • pro-mote
    • pro-spec-tive
    • pro-vide 
    • proj-ects
    • qual-i-ties
    • range
    • re-ac-tions
    • re-cord-ing
    • re-duce
    • re-ject
    • re-lo-cate
    • re-mind
    • re-new
    • re-port
    • re-quire-ments
    • re-sourc-es
    • re-spect-a-ble
    • re-spon-si-bil-i-ties
    • re-tract
    • re-view-ing
    • sche-dules
    • se-ri-ous
    • seg-ments
    • self-as-sur-ance
    • skilled
    • smile
    • so-ci-o-bi-ol-o-gy
    • spec-tac-u-lar
    • sta-bil-i-ty
    • sta-tus
    • star-tling
    • stran-gers
    • strat-e-gies
    • sub-mit
    • sub-sid-i-ar-ies
    • sub-sti-tut-ing … for
    • sub-way
    • suf-fi-cient
    • sup-port
    • sus-pi-cious
    • sweet
    • tech-nol-o-gic-al
    • thor-ough
    • tran-si-tion
    • trans-fer
    • trans-for-ma-tion
    • trans-mit
    • trans-por-ta-tion
    • tre-men-dous
    • un-de-sir-a-ble
    • un-for-tu-nate
    • un-like-ly
    • un-lim-it-ed
    • un-pre-dict-a-ble
    • un-prec-e-dent-ed
    • un-sat-is-fac-to-ry
    • vig-or-ous-ly
    • vir-tu-al
    • vul-ner-a-ble
    • work-day

 

TOEFL Vocabulary Mastery back to top

 

Now, it's time for the most powerful part. Let's learn these words in a way that will allow us to use them in our speech and writing as well as understand them when we read and hear them. We don't want to learn words, we want to learn how words are used and this method comes straight from our NoteFull Vocabulary Systems.

 

To begin, read the academic paragraph below to get a great sense of the kind of readings you'll find on the TOEFL and to set yourself up for the best and easiest way to enhance your vocabulary.

 

Environmental Report for the City of Agate, Colorado, 2010

 

Amazing changes have taken place in our city. Despite a huge people increase, Agate has continued to push forward environmental protection. There are less cars on the road than ever before. More people have been moved to take buses and trains. Yet new forms of movement aren’t the only improvements. Our city has begun trying new ways to keep animal home areas safe and has helped the growth of an independent organization whose main purpose is environmental protection. These changes haven’t happened by themselves; none of these things could have happened  without the work of the city council and neighborhood council.

 

Mastering Your First TOEFL 7 back to top

 

Word Part: Auto-

Meaning: self (by itself)

 

With this word part and more, we'll walk through the paragraph again, but see new words appear where they didn't before. This is the heart of how you should always learn and understand vocabulary: within practical content; in other words, real-world use.

 

Tremendous changes have taken place in our city. Despite an immense people increase, Agate has continued to push forward environmental protection. There are less automobiles on the road than ever before. More people have been moved to take buses and trains. Yet new forms of movement aren’t the only improvements. Our city has adopted strategies to keep animal habitats safe and has helped the growth of an autonomous organization whose main purpose is environmental protection. These changes haven’t been automatic; none of these things could have happened  without the work of the city council and neighborhood council.

 

As you can see, the paragraph has been improved with seven vocabulary words. To learn the definition of each underlined word, find the word or expression that has the same meaning in the original paragraph.

 

Let’s try an example

 

Find the first underlined word—“tremendous.” In the original paragraph, the word was “amazing.” “Tremendous” is a word whose meaning is similar to “amazing.” We’ve learned one new vocabulary word.

 

Let’s try another example

 

Today, we learned one word part—“auto.” Think about the meaning of the word part. “Auto” means “self” or “by itself.” What does “automatic” mean? In the paragraph, it replaced the phrase “by themselves.” Do you know things that work “by themselves,” without extra help? You might have something “automatic” in your home. My rice cooker is “automatic”; I don’t have to change the temperature, stir the rice, or press the “off” button. It works by itself. When I open my car door, the light turns on “automatically,” or “by itself.”

 

What about “autonomous?” Can an organization be “by itself?” In the original paragraph, it is an “independent organization.” The meaning is similar, right? The organization works alone, without influence from other groups. Because you know the word part “auto,” you won’t forget “autonomous” or “automatic” that easily; it’s the reason why we are teaching not only words but word parts. Great, right? Now, we know the meanings of three words. Find definitions for five more examples.

 

au-to-mat-ic  by itself  (self)

au-ton-o-mous by itself, independent (self)

hab-i-tats

im-mense

a-dopt-ed

strat-e-gies

tre-men-dous amazing

 

Words to Fluent Speech back to top

 

Words are divided into syllables. These are the parts of the words that have an individual vowel sound. For example, automatic has four vowels--u, o, a, i--so it has 4 syllables--au-to-mat-ic. When a word has more than one syllable, we say one of those syllables louder than the others. Au-to-mat-ic. We’ve placed that syllable in bold to make it easy for you to master. Practice saying each word out loud at least three times.

 

Click for more powerful TOEFL vocabulary help before your next TOEFL test.

 

In our TOEFL programs, we teach 14 words a day in this fashion. We break those 14 words into 7 and teach them just as you see here. When we finish, we do what will help you most: we bring it into daily speech. The exercise below is fantastic and a part of every day's lesson in NoteFull vocabulary programs.

 

Natural pauses

 

To master accent and fluency takes many skills, the first is your breathing and word grouping patterns. This is essential to demonstrate the fluency that will earn a high score and the speaking that allows for the greatest comphrenesion to the ears of a native speaker.

 

Below is the paragraph we've worked with (a bit changed from the previous) with (***) where every natural pause should be in your speech. Listen and then record yourself again and again until you match the same word grouping. Do you notice anything about it? It occurs in every sentence or clause, so mastering this will improve your grammar and thought process as well because you'll accustom yourself to speaking in complete thoughts, helping to avoid the disastrous ummm and uhhhs that affect so many students.

 

Tremendous changes have taken place in our city. *** Despite an immense population increase, *** Agate has continued to promote environmental protection. *** There are less automobiles on the road than ever before. *** More people have been motivated to take buses and trains. *** Yet new forms of mobility aren’t the only improvements. *** Our city has adopted strategies to keep animal habitats safe *** and has encouraged the growth of an autonomous organization *** whose chief purpose is environmental protection. *** These changes haven’t been automatic; *** none of these things could have happened without the work of the city council *** and neighborhood council.

 

Follow along and listen for the natural pausing and intonation patterns--the rise and fall of pitch.

 

 

The recording is 41 seconds long. Set the timer and record yourself with the link below with your best try. Show us what you go and listen to others as they master the exercise and their score as well. Good luck!

 

Resources

For timing yourself:

Stopwatch

For recording yourself:

Voxopop

 

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