How to Improve Your Vocabulary For The TOEFL Examination

Jun 21, 2018

Aiming to learn about five words a day, twenty-five a week, may not look too much on the hindsight, but things like these are the ones capable of making all the differences when the situation calls for the most.

Since most TOEFL books include about four to five hundred words a day, you should ideally be able to master them all in around four to five months.

Here, in this post, we have come up with a few proven tips to improve your stock of words in an organized way. Have a look.

     1. Creation of categories

Creating categories of words is important because it can help you imagine words in the context.

That is precisely how your brain functions. You always organize your thoughts around different categories and relate to them according to the situation.

This approach is typically useful for TOEFL studies, as reading, writing, and listening are more or less linked to particular categories.

     2. Make a list of relevant categories that are seemingly relevant to your daily life

These may include the likes of:

  • Career

  • Education

  • Relationships

  • Business

  • Sports

  • Politics

  • Environment

  • Food

  • Health

  • Travel

  • Culture

  • Leisure

Note: These are just some examples. You may use others as well if you want. There’s no obligation.

     3. Next up is breaking your existing categories into sections

After you’ve your categories, create sections under each.

These may include the likes of:

  • People

  • Places

  • Groups

  • Things

  • Actions

  • Feelings

  • Personality

  • Experiences

  • Relationships

  • Descriptive Words

     4. Now fill up the categories with new words

Once you create an organized table with relevant sections, fill it up with relevant words (and phrases).

For example,

If there’s a category “Education” with “people” as one of its sections, you may add these words to that column:

  • Professor,

  • Teacher,

  • Student , etc.

     5. Review your stock of words at least once a week

To remember your word stock, it is necessary that you review them as frequently as possible. You may use things like flashcards, sticky notes, practice quizzes etc. for this job of yours.

TOEFL Vocabulary: 36 words to remember

TOEFL Vocabulary

1. Collide

To hit one another with a forceful impact.

2. Commitment

Dedication to a cause or activity.

3. Community

A group of people who live or work together.

4. Conceal

To hide.

5. Concur

To agree.

6. Conflict

A disagreement or fight.

7. Constrain

To restrict or repress.

8. Contemplate

To consider thoughtfully.

9. Continuously

To go on without stopping.

10. Contradict

To give the opposite opinion.

11. Contribute

To give something (usually money or time) to a common fund or cause.

12. Convey

To make known.

13. Copious


14. Core

Central; of main importance.

15. Corrode

To gradually wear away.

16. Cumbersome

Burdensome; clumsy

17. Curriculum

The courses given by a school or program.

18. Data

Facts, statistics, or pieces of information.

19. Decay

To decline in health or excellence.

20. Deceive

To trick or mislead.

21. Decipher

To find the meaning of.

22. Declaration

An announcement.

23. Estimate

To form an approximate judgment or opinion

24. Authority

The power or right to control

25. Demonstrate

To describe, explain or show by arguments or reasoning

26. Proceed

To move or go forward

27. Stable

Not likely to fall or change suddenly

28. Contribute

To give, especially to a common cause

29. Risk

Chance of injury or loss

30. Prior

Preceding in time or order; previous

31. Shift

To transfer, change or exchange

32. Benefit

Something that is good; an advantage

33. Impact

Influence, effect or striking of one thing against another

34. Distribute

To divide or give out

35. Challenge

To call into question

36. Evaluate

To determine the value or significance

All the best for your TOEFL examination!

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