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Preparing for the IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic test or other similar tests is not easy. They have four modules : speaking, listening, reading and writing. Some things you can do straight away :
You can practise your writing, speaking and listening skills with a qualified English teacher or with a native English speaker.
You can practise reading with quality newspapers such as The Guardian, The Times, The New York Times or The Huffington Post.
But unless you have learned by heart the most frequently used words in academic English you will not pass these exams!
You will need to know the 570 most frequently used words in English academic texts to pass IELTS, TOEFL or PTE Academic or if you wish to study in an English speaking university.
The most frequent words are in Group 1. You should learn these words first. There are 79 words in Group 1.
Below you will find first ten words from the Group 1 with definitions and examples.
Academic Vocabulary: Group 1 out of 10
consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
break down into components or essential features
make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features
subject to psychoanalytic treatment
Let’s analyse the problem to help us get to the solution.
2. approach, verb
We were approaching the city
come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character
begin to deal with
come near in time
The new school term is approaching
make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion I was approached by the Prime Minister to serve in his government
3. approach, noun
ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation Our approach is to involve all of our employees in the major decisions
the act of drawing spatially closer to something
The car’s approach surprised the pedestrians
a way of entering or leaving
the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
the event of one object coming closer to another
The approach of the rocket and its module went according to schedule
4. area, noun
a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography) it was a deserted area
a subject of study it was his area of interest
a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve the brain area involved in memory
a particular environment or walk of life
a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function the spacious working area was well equipped with computers
5. assess, verb
evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
assess how clever the student is
charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine
assess how much tax should be paid by our business
set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)
estimate the amount of (income) for taxation the tax inspector has not assessed our income yet
6. assume, verb
take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof
I assume his train was late
take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
When will the new President assume office?
take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
His manner changed and he assumed a sad expression
take on as one’s own the expenses or debts of another person
I will assume his debts as my own
occupy or take on
He assumes the role of father to the boy
7. authority, noun
the power or right to give orders or make decisions he has the authority to issue warrants
(usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others the authorities have ordered a curfew to be imposed on the town
an expert whose views are taken as definitive he is an authority on the subject of archeology
freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
He looked like a man of authority
an administrative unit of government
The local authority will fine you for dropping litter on the highway
8. available, adj
obtainable or accessible and ready for use or service
kept a fire extinguisher available
not busy; not otherwise committed
he was not available for comment
convenient for use or disposal the car is available after July 1
9. benefit, verb
derive a benefit from
be beneficial for
This will do you good, it will be beneficial for your health
10. benefit, noun
financial assistance in time of need
something that aids or promotes well-being
for the benefit of all
a performance to raise money for a charitable cause
There will be a charity benefit concert tonight
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