Master English Test Vocabulary 

Do you worry if you know enough English test vocabulary for the IELTS or TOEFL exam?

Those exams require you to understand and use so much English vocabulary! It’s 25% of your IELTS writing and speaking scores, and at least as important to your TOEFL scores. Your understanding of the reading and listening sections depends so much on your word knowledge! A few unknown words-- especially in the test instructions or questions-- can leave you unsure about a whole section.

Are you wondering how you’re ever going to learn all you need for the test-- or even where to start?

The 'English Exam Vocabulary (Plus)' Courses Can Help You!

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The “English Exam Vocabulary” courses can teach you the vocabulary and skills you need to succeed on the IELTS or TOEFL exam, and in the English-speaking world.

In these short online courses, you can master key English test vocabulary. You'll also learn study techniques so you can keep increasing your vocabulary in the most effective way. Take just the courses you still need in order to be prepared by your test date.

Free Introduction: Vocabulary for the TOEFL & IELTS   

Sign up for a short free Introduction to Vocabulary for the IELTS & TOEFL. (Details once you sign up, below.)

This course is a free approximately one-week introduction to those exams, and to exam vocabulary. Along with the courses that will follow, it can help you do better on whichever test you need to take. 

Learn what you need for the TOEFL & IELTS:

> ,the sections of the TOEFL & IELTS exams, what you need to do and how much time you will be allowed,

> how to predict the meaning of unknown words using context clues.

> how to interpret English word parts (roots, prefixes, and suffixes),

> how knowing suffixes can help your grammar and writing as well as your word comprehension,

> your strong and weak areas right now, and the next steps you need to take to be prepared for your test.

Clues to the TOEFL Reading Test

How can you solve the “mystery” of the TOEFL Reading Test and get the score you need?

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This course will help you gain the skills and confidence you need to get a better score. It explains the test structure and what the examiners are looking for with each type of test question. Then it helps you master each type of test question, one step at a time.

you will learn and practice how to

              > skim the reading selection to find the main ideas and most important details, then scan it for the answers to individual questions,

             > make inferences and recognize the implications of ideas that are not clearly stated,

             > identify the best answers to different types of questions,

             > recognize good (and poor) restatements of ideas, and practice paraphrasing and summarizing skills,

            > recognize the nouns that pronouns refer back to, even when they are not close to each other,

            > identify unknown words and use websites that can increase your academic vocabulary,

           > and practice with a variety of reading levels and speeds to boost your comprehension skills and reading speed.

There is a quiz after each unit with a reading passage and questions like the ones on the TOEFL Reading Test. Each quiz practices the question types demonstrated in that lesson, and often a few others. In the middle and at the end of the course there are longer tests of 12-14 questions that closely resemble a reading passage and its questions in the actual test.

There are also full explanations and links to several sites for vocabulary practice (including my suggestions for the academic vocabulary that is most important to learn first, and sets of 25-30 words with definitions to practice with flash cards and games.)

A very important bonus is the private Facebook group where you can discuss the test and your experiences and questions about English, or ask me (or your fellow students) about anything you’re not sure about, regarding the test, vocabulary, or anything. (You can also send a private message to me if that would ever be better, and I will answer as quickly as possible. If a lesson is confusing or missing something you need, I will change or add to it.) I’ll work closely with you to help you prepare—and to improve your English, since that can open so many doors to future opportunities. 

If you want to take any of the other courses in the EnglishHints Academy (on vocabulary strategies, roots and affixes, and on the writing test—soon), you will get a big discount. If you want to take this course with a friend or two, there is also a discount, to make it easy for you to study and practice together. Just send me a message. 

Roots & Prefixes: Build Your Vocabulary Fast

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Most English words are made up of smaller elements: roots, prefixes and suffixes. When you know the common ones, you can understand hundreds of different words.

Most academic vocabulary (and a lot of everyday English), uses Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes. They are especially important if you hope to go to a university in an English-speaking country or to work with English-speaking professionals or business people.

Knowing academic vocabulary is essential to scoring well on the TOEFL and Academic  IELTS exams, especially their reading sections. One of the fastest ways to learn more vocabulary quickly is by studying common prefixes & roots. The lessons in this short course will give you a great introduction, and the bonus materials (all downloadable) will give you access to much more as you have time to study them.

This course is a small investment of time and money now that can really pay off in the future. If you have any questions, feel free to email me, and I will help as much as I can.

Step by Step Help

If you have difficulty understanding something or need more help or more practice materials, just ask (in one of the live question and answer sessions or by email), and I will do my best to provide it. I want you to see your vocabulary-- and your confidence-- take off!

What Kind of Study Materials
Are Included?

vocabulary study tools: a computer, audio files, practice files, newspapers, etc.

• a video slideshow overview, as well as individual lesson explanations

• pdf downloads of reading materials, practice worksheets, crossword puzzles, and vocabulary exercises

• quizzes and tests to show what you have learned and find the areas that need more work

• a private Facebook Group to talk about what you're learning, ask questions (I'll check it often, and other students may also provide helpful answers), and find Study Buddies and accountability

and live Question & Answer sessions to clarify any difficulties

Who these Courses Are for
(& who they're not for)

These courses are designed for people who have already studied some English but need to learn more vocabulary, comprehension, and writing skills for a major exam like the IELTS or TOEFL, to prepare for English university studies, or to get the job they want.

Have you tried to study English vocabulary on your own but not known what to focus on or which vocabulary is most important? This course can help you. Do you have trouble remembering the words you learn, or making the progress you need? It can help you with that too.

If you are just beginning to learn English and cannot read it, speak in full sentences, or use the past tense yet, this course will not help you yet. Take a good beginning English course or watch some of the excellent free videos for beginners. 

If you plan to take the general version of the IELTS exam rather than the academic version, this course will not help much either. It concentrates on the more advanced and academic vocabulary and skills needed by the TOEFL or academic IELTS exam.

If you are looking for an easy way to learn thousands of words in a few weeks, you'll be disappointed. (I'd love to hear if you find a way to do that!)

However, if you want strategies to help you really learn (so that you can understand, use, and remember) essential vocabulary, these courses ARE for you. If you want guidance in what words to study first, useful reading materials to provide context and show you the different ways these words can be used, and lots of practice to reinforce them in your memory, you will find all that, and more.

Sign up now for the free introductory course. There is no obligation to take any other courses, but you will have the opportunity to take any others you need, with a discount coupon to help, at the end of this course.

Or buy the Clues to the TOEFL Reading Test course for $37.

Or the $37 Roots and Prefixes course.


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