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  1. The TOEFL ExamThe Test of English as a Foreign Language
    Our comprehensive TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test prep collection includes a range of resources to...
  2. Essential Science Vocabulary
    Whether you want to brush up on biology, study space science, or prep for a physics test, this collection of science...
  3. Essential Math Vocabulary
    We've got your number! Mastering essential vocabulary is a prime factor in understanding mathematical concepts and...
  4. State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
    Master the terms and concepts you'll need to know for the Texas STAAR exams.
  5. The Language of Standardized TestsMaster the Vocabulary You'll See on Test Day
    Take the guesswork out of standardized tests by mastering the vocabulary you'll likely see in test directions and...
  6. The GED: The Language of the Test
    These words are likely to appear in question stems, answer options, and test directions on the GED Test. Master these...
  7. The GED Mathematical Reasoning Test
    If you're preparing for the GED Mathematical Reasoning Test, you can count on Vocabulary.com! Practice these lists of...
  8. American History and Government: Essential Vocabulary
    Looking to brush up on American history? Master key terms and ideas by practicing the lists in this collection. Be sure...
  9. The GED Social Studies Test
    Set yourself up for GED success by practicing these lists of essential social studies terms. Our lists will help...
  10. AP English Language and Composition Exam
    Ensure you're prepared for the AP English Language and Composition Exam by learning the words in this collection of...
  11. Idioms and Expressions
    Cat got your tongue? Then take the bull by the horns and dive into this collection of common English idioms and...
  12. Essential Academic Vocabulary for Middle School Students
    Whether you're hoping to improve your comprehension of reading assignments or simply looking to increase your word...

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Essential Academic Vocabulary for Middle School Students, List 1

Whether you're hoping to improve your comprehension of reading assignments or simply looking to increase your word knowledge, our lists of essential, high-frequency words will put you on the path to vocabulary success. Here are links to our lists for the collection: List 1, List 2, List 3, List 4, List 5, List 6, List 7, List 8, List 9, List 10
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Essential Academic Vocabulary for High School Students, List 1

Whether you're preparing for a standardized test, hoping to improve your comprehension of reading assignments, or simply looking to increase your word knowledge, our lists of essential, high-frequency words will put you on the path to vocabulary success. Here are links to our lists in this collection: List 1, List 2, List 3, List 4
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ASVAB Word Knowledge

The Word Knowledge section of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a vocabulary test that assesses word meanings, synonyms, and antonyms in a multiple-choice format. Practicing this list on Vocabulary.com will expand your word knowledge and hone your test-taking skills via a variety of contexts and question types.
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The SAT: Language of the Test, List 1

How can you perform well on the reading section of the SAT if you don’t fully understand the language being used in the directions and in the questions? Learn this list of 25 words that are based on our analysis of the words likely to appear in question stems, answer options, and test directions. Following our Roadmap to the SAT? Head back to see what else you should be learning this week.
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The SAT: Words to Capture Tone, List 1

On the SAT, all of the Reading Test questions are multiple choice and are based on reading passages that may be taken from literature, science, the social sciences, or a U.S. founding document (or a text inspired by such a document). Many of the reading comprehension questions meant to assess a student’s understanding of those passages will require students to choose words that best describe the writer’s tone or point of view, words like the 25 words you see on this list. Learn them here so when you see them in an SAT answer choice, you’ll know what they mean! Following our Roadmap to the SAT? Head back to see what else you should be learning this week.
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The SAT: Multiple-Meaning Words, List 1

Context is king — that’s the lesson you need to internalize as you begin preparing for the vocabulary questions on the SAT. We have identified this pool of 200 words that cut across the disciplines and lend themselves well to context-dependent interpretation. As you learn this list on Vocabulary.com, you will have to rely on context clues in order to determine each word’s meaning in particular sentences. This is the same type of thinking you will need to develop in order to succeed on the SAT! Following our Roadmap to the SAT? Head back to see what else you should be learning this week.
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PARCC: Language of the Test (Grade 11)

Before you can answer a question on the PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy section, you first need to know what the question is asking. Learn this list of 70 words that we extracted from a PARCC practice test's directions, question stems, and answer options.
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PARCC: Language of the Test (Grade7)

Before you can answer a question on the PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy section, you first need to know what the question is asking. Learn this list of 45 words that we extracted from a PARCC practice test's directions, question stems, and answer options.
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Tier 2 Words for the SBAC ELA Items

Here are 68 Tier 2 words that are likely to be found on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) ELA exams for 6th - 11th grades. These words may show up in the reading passages, but you are more likely to encounter them in the test questions and possible answers.
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100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know

American Heritage Dictionaries normally feature about 70,000 entries. From that multitude, the editors have chosen 100 words that are neither obscure nor outlandish that could give middle schoolers more aplomb and aptitude in their verbal encounters. If you're not sure whether that is something you need, study this list. Words selected by the Editors of the American Heritage® Dictionaries. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
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Keystone Exams: English Composition Glossary

The terms and definitions included in this list are intended to assist Pennsylvania educators an students in better understanding the Keystone Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content.
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100 SAT Words Beginning with "A"

What better way to prepare for the sentence completion and passage-based questions on the SAT than to commit yourself to completing our alphabetically organized SAT lists? Find lists of SAT words organized by every letter of the alphabet here: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K & L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, and W, X, Y & Z.
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30 GRE Words Beginning with "A"

Find lists of GRE words organized by the letters of the alphabet here: A, B and C, D, E and F, G and H, I, K -O, P, Q, R & S, T, U, V, and W.
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TEKS ELAR Academic Vocabulary List (5th-7th grades)

To improve your fluency in English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR), learn this academic vocabulary list that includes words selected from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) state standards.
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GRE High Frequency Words

Barron's GRE 17th Edition High Freq Words
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PSAT Words

Words I've encountered in practice PSAT tests.
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AP English Lit exam terms

If you are gearing up to take the Advanced Placement English Literature exam, you better be able to distinguish between your elegies and your allegories! This list will help.
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NAEP Test Words

Words included in the 2009 and 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests of fourth, eighth, and twelfth grade vocabulary. Read about the test here.
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100 Top "SAT" Words

Looking to build your vocabulary? Then practice this list of 100 "top words" — the kind that used to be tested on the SAT before 2016. If you're a high school student prepping for the SAT, check out Vocabulary.com's Roadmap to the SAT, which focuses on the vocabulary you'll need to ace today's SAT test.
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The Vocabulary.com Top 1000

The top 1,000 vocabulary words have been carefully chosen to represent difficult but common words that appear in everyday academic and business writing. These words are also the most likely to appear on the SAT, ACT, GRE, and ToEFL. To create this list, we started with the words that give our users the most trouble and then ranked them by how frequently they appear in our corpus of billions of words from edited sources. If you only have time to study one list of words, this is the list.
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Media Literacy

The word list captures essential words in "Media Literacy" from Curriculum 21. As you watch these videos, think in terms of the use of images, music, spoken word and the author's decisions in crafting these texts. Who is the intended audience? How do the choices made by the writer/author impact the intended audiences? Amazing is Unity Science and music Our place in the cosmos
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6th Grade Language Arts Vocab from Common Core State Standards

In grades 6 – 8, students are ready for new levels of intellectual challenge. If they have followed the Common Core Curriculum Maps up to this point, they should have a strong background in mythology, folktales, and fables from around the world; classic and contemporary fiction and poetry; and literary nonfiction related to historical and select scientific topics. They should be able to write a short paper in which they articulate a central idea and support it with examples from texts. www.commoncore.org Curriculum Map for 6th Grade
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GED: The Language of the Test, List 4

These words are likely to appear in question stems, answer options, and test directions on the GED Test. Master these important terms to ensure you understand the language of the test.
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GED: The Language of the Test, List 3

These words are likely to appear in question stems, answer options, and test directions on the GED Test. Master these important terms to ensure you understand the language of the test.
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