Make sure you know what these words mean!

A broad vocabulary is crucial to ensure success at the 7+ or 8+ comprehension. However just a couple of misunderstood words in the text can lead to an unfortunate loss of marks, or worse still, a misunderstanding of the entire passage. So, aside from good quality reading on a consistent basis to help build up vocabulary, we decided to analyse all 7+ and 8+ papers in the last 5 years to see which “difficult” words kept reappearing year after year. This exercise took a healthy dose of patience and stamina but below is the fruits of our labour!

These words should be learnt as it seems 7+ / 8+ examiners are very keen to use them.

7+
patient / patiently
pavement
factory
decorated
to decorate
freckle
to shriek
to sob
to fetch
enormous
to smother
shallow
wretched
to sprinkle

8+
potion
tattered
ornamented
ivory
velvet
skull
to satisfy
to neglect
to gaze (at)
remote
acre
compound
prey
majestic

Even if you know the meanings, practice using them in their right context by incorporating them into a full sentence.

And remember, this exercise is great not just for comprehension, but also for creative writing and verbal reasoning.