The ultimate guide to improving your vocabulary and all standardized test scores with comprehensive definition reviews and breakdowns, practical language strategies and examples, fifty practice tests and explanations, and much more!
Every college-bound student wants the best test scores possible. Fortunately, that just happens to be Dr. Gary Gruber’s life’s work.
For over thirty years, his Gruber Method has taught millions of students to expand their vocabulary and language skills and to improve their scores (for example, increasing SAT scores by as much as 600 points) through adaptive strategies for thinking about test problems as categories, rather than rote memorization of individual answers.
Gruber’s Word Master for Standardized Tests is the most thorough vocabulary-improvement resource available today. In addition to including more tools and lists than the competition, the guide includes a wide range of useful information to help students hone and sharpen their vocabulary and language skills, such as:
- The most important words used on all standardized tests
- Prefixes and roots that denote the same meaning or feeling
- Commonly confused words
- The 291 most frequent test words
- 50 vocabulary tests with answers
- Prefixes and Roots that decode more that 200,000 words on tests
- The Gruber Breakthrough Word Strategies
- The Gruber 2300 Vocabulary Word Review List
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About the Author
Gary R. Gruber, PhD, is recognized as the leading expert on standardized tests, test-taking methods, and critical thinking skills. Gruber’s programs are used more than any others by the nation’s school districts, and proven to result in the highest-documented school district standardized test scores. The Washington Post called Dr. Gruber “America’s Super Genius,” and PBS selected him to train the nation’s teachers on how to prepare students for the SAT. Dr. Gruber has consulted with all the major testing organizations, including the College Board and ETS, the world's largest private educational testing and measurement organizations. He has published over 40 books, with more than seven million copies sold. His website is www.drgarygruber.com.
Table of Contents
Purpose of This Book viii
What This Book Contains ix
How to Use This Book Most Effectively x
Vocabulary Building That Is Guaranteed to Raise Your Standardized Test Score 1
Knowing Word Meanings Is Essential for a Higher Standardized Test Score 3
Ten Steps to Word Power 4
Diagnostic Vocabulary Test with Answers 7
Developing Your Vocabulary Through Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes That Can Give You the Meaning of Over 200,000 Words 11
The Hot Prefixes and Roots That Denote the Same Meaning or Feeling 33
Prefix-Root-Suffix Test with Answers (Ten Questions) 41
Three Vocabulary Strategies 47
Practice Using the Fifty Gruber Prefixes and Roots 63
The Most Frequent Positive-Negative Standardized Test Words-Words That Have the Same Meaning; Practice Questions with Answers 79
The 2300 Vocabulary Word Review list 93
Fifty Vocabulary Practice Tests of One Thousand Words Whose Meanings You Should Know 149
A List of Words Appearing More Than Once on the Standardized Test 265
Words Commonly Confused 269