• sit Like “course,” sit is a very simple word with an unexpected meaning. When the IELTS talks about university learning, to sit is to complete a course or exam. If someone fails a course or exam, the IELTS might say that they need to “resit” the course or exam. IELTS Reading The IELTS Reading section features the most advanced vocabulary on the test. You’ll see a lot of unfamiliar, highly specialized vocabulary for different academic subjects. You may wonder, “How can I know all of these words?” The good news is that you don’t have to know all of the advanced academic vocabulary you see on IELTS Reading. Allow me to explain. Vocabulary-in-Context Strategies for IELTS Reading Knowing high-level vocabulary certainly helps you in IELTS Reading. But IELTS Reading isn’t just a test of your English vocabulary. It also tests your ability to read passages strategically. To successfully navigate IELTS Reading vocabulary, you need to make educated guesses at the meanings of new, unfamiliar words. You also need to be able to guess that the meaning of challenging sentences, paragraphs, and passages, even when you don’t understand all the words. No matter how many IELTS vocabulary words you study, you will come across words you don’t know on the IELTS, especially in the IELTS Reading section. Below are some strategies you can use when that happens. Looking at the word form Prefixes appear at the beginning of words and can help you guess a word’s meaning. Take for example, the IELTS Reading vocabulary word “understory.” The prefix “under” can be used on its own as a preposition, so this word may describe the position of something. Suffixes hint at both the meaning of a word and its part of speech. Take the IELTS Reading word “geology.” The suffix “-ology” appears at the end of nouns, describing an academic study or discipline. This word is probably the name of a science.
Looking at context Prefixes and suffixes are useful, but sometimes misleading. Look at “understory” again. “Under” does look like a preposition. However, this prefix can also mean “hidden” (as in “underworld”) or “insufficiently” (as in “underfunded”). Which meaning does “under” have? Suppose that the IELTS Reading paragraph with the word “understory” deals 11 about things found on the ground. In that case, you can know that the meaning probably is prepositional. Similarly, the suffix “-ate” in the word “tolerate” can be used at the end of nouns, verbs, or adjectives. Again, context is key. In the IELTS Reading phrase
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