What vocabulary should you learn before taking TOEFL & IELTS?

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If you are planning on taking the TOEFL some time this year, you are probably not a beginner in English. On the other hand, in order to get the score you want, you may want to (or need to) improve your vocabulary knowledge.

If you are planning to take the TOEFL (or other high-stakes standardized test in English), what are the best words to learn?

The TOEFL and other such tests emphasize academic English. That is, English used in university classes, essays, and discussions (formal and informal).

Lucky for you, we live in a time when computers can analyze the language in the university and help us understand which words are most common in a university setting. Today, we know which words are most common in the universities. Likewise, understanding and using these words are essential for success on the TOEFL.

To start, you should learn these TOP 60 ACADEMIC WORDS IN ENGLISH: https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/23710

You may know some or all these words. Once you’ve learned all of these, we recommend moving on to the full AWL list (Academic Word List), provided here: http://www.cal.org/create/conferences/2012/pdfs/handout-4-vaughn-reutebuch-cortez.pdf