Most common “difficult” words in 7+ and 8+ comprehension

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    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.

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