on How to Succeed
Before the exam
- Subscribe to receive a 'word a day' .
Many dictionary and vocabulary websites allow you to subscribe
(for free!) to receive a daily e-mail with a word - with its
definitinon and examples of it used in context. For this,
see our suggeted websites on the vocabulary resources page.
- Study English prefixes and suffixes.
Since you will not be given any context clues to help you, this
is your best strategy. Even if you don't know a word - knowing
the meaning of its prefix - and perhaps also its suffix - may
help you to make a better guess.
- Try vocabulary quizzes and games - either on websites, in books with answer keys, or using CD-Roms. See our suggested resources.
During the exam
- Study vocabulary-learning strategies.
On our resources page, we suggest a couple reference books for English
teachers that can also be very useful for those studying English and
preparing for the ELPE. For example, as one of these books
recommend, you may want to create a vocabulary notebook, which, if well-organized, can be a very useful took for remembering new words.
- Complete this section quickly.
Since 'you only know this or you don't', don't spend too much
time on this part of the exam. Your time is better used for other
sections, where using a strategy may help you succeed.
- First, look at the word. Do you know it? Great. Then answer quickly. Don't bother reading the sentence if you don't need to.
- If you don't know it, analyze the word.
Do you know the meaning of the prefix? What does the
suffix tell you about its grammatical category? Does it look like
other words you know. Use this information to make an educated
- Answer every question. There is no penalty for a wrong answer - and even if you completely guess, you may get it right.