How Your Vocabulary is Tested?

If any of these scenarios sound familiar, then this module is for you. Designed specifically for last-minute test preparation, Just in Time Vocabulary is a fast, accurate way to build your essential vocabulary skills. With over 350 commonly tested words, this workbook will help you review the vocabulary words and skills you already know and teach you other words and strategies that you will need for the exam. In just ten short lessons, you will get just the essentials, just in time for passing your big test. Tests often include one or other of the following type of questions based on vocabulary:


Among all four Verbal Reasoning question types, Antonyms test your vocabulary most directly. Without at least an linking of the meaning of at least the headword, you’re essentially left to random guessing. The tougher the vocabulary used as a headword and in the answer choices (and the greater the number of tough words), the tougher the Antonym. It’s that simple.


In Analogy questions, you need to create and identify links between words, so without at least some understanding of what the words mean, you won’t be able to determine relationships between them. The tougher the words (and greater the number of tough words) among the capitalized pair and answer choices, the tougher the Analogy.

Sentence and Complex Text Completions

All of the answer choices in Sentence and Complex Text Completion questions are words or phrases. The broader your vocabulary, the easier time you’ll have determining which word or phrase makes the most sense in each sentence. The tougher the vocabulary in the answer choices, the tougher the question.


Many of test also include Synonym questions. A synonym question asks a similar meaning word.

Reading Comprehension / Critical Reading

Although Reading Comprehension does not emphasize vocabulary, tougher passages contain more advanced vocabulary — which obviously increases the reading difficulty level. The test designers might boost difficulty levels further by incorporating tough vocabulary into a question itself (the question stem, the answer choices, or both). Also, you might encounter one or more vocabulary-in-context questions, which will ask you for the intended meaning of a word from the passage based on the word’s context. Your job is to determine what the word means within its context, so of course it helps if you’re already familiar with the word.To really crank up the difficulty level of a Sentence Completion question, test designers sometimes include a tough word in the sentence itself.


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