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Determining the Meaning of Words

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Access broad and extensive vocabulary within complex syntactical structures and in a variety of contexts

SKILL 2: Analyze the context of a sentence or larger sections of text to clarify the meaning of unknown words, differentiate among multiple possible meanings of words, detect nuances, and infer connotations

SKILL 3: Understand how words can sometimes be used in unusual ways that directly refute common usage

 

  1. 1

    Access broad and extensive vocabulary within complex syntactical structures and in a variety of contexts

    Example

    The company manager was known for both his ------- and his -------: he lied frequently, but did so with amazing flair.

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  2. 2

    Analyze the context of a sentence or larger sections of text to clarify the meaning of unknown words, differentiate among multiple possible meanings of words, detect nuances, and infer connotations

    Example

    In young children, some brain cells have a ------- that enables them to take over the functions of damaged or missing brain cells.

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