Vocabulary tests and exams can be difficult. If the words are presented in sentences you can always try to guess the meaning from the context. If you have to translate words from your language into English you need to spend time revising and learning the words before the test. Use the advice in this section to boost your memory to help you learn new words to prepare for vocabulary tests.

  • Do you understand the word?
  • Do you know how to spell the word? Is spelling an important part of the test or not?
  • Does the word look similar to another word?
  • Does the same word have more than one meaning?

For example:

watch – a verb, to look at something
watch – a noun, an object you use to tell the time


What type of vocabulary tests and exams do you do at school? Is it easy for you to learn new words?


June's picture
June 17 April, 2013 - 11:06

At my school, my English teachers usually insert new words into the test. There are many parts in our tests and if we want to finish all of them, I have to understand the meaning of words clearly. My teacher says vocabulary is very important. It's the key to help us do well in any skills of English: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
It's quite easy for me to learn new words but it's very difficult for me to use them correctly. I can't remember them when I need them. I just feel that they still exist somewhere in my brain. I also use them incorrectly.

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