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20 TERMS EVERY TEST TAKER SHOULD KNOW


 1.  Cause/Effect                    The reason something happened / What happened as a result
 2.  Compare/Contrast            To find ways things are alike / To find ways things are different                                     
 3.  Conclusion                       A decision made about information you are given
 4.  Content                           Information that makes up the passage
 5.  Describe                          To tell or write about
 6.  Evaluate                          To decide the value or amount of something, to judge
 7.  Explain                            To make clear or understandable
 8.  Fact/Opinion                     A truth / A belief or idea that a person has                                           
 9.  Illustrate                          To give examples, to make clear
10. Infer                                To draw a conclusion after reading all information given, to predict what will happen
11.  Main Idea                        The most important thing the passage is about
12.  Mood (or Tone)                The feeling that the author expresses in the passage
13.  Outline                            A list of the main points you plan to include in a written answer
14.  Persuade                         To try to get another person to think or feel the same way you do
15.  Problem/Solution              A question that needs solving/The answer to a problem                                     
16.  Purpose                          The reason something is done
17.  Sequence                        The following of one thing after another
18.  Summarize                      To give the main points of the passage
19.  Support                           To give examples that help prove an answer
20.  Structure                         The way that something is organized     

 

12 POWERFUL WORDS

WORD

SHORT STUDENT FRIENDLY PHRASES

 

 

1.Trace

Follow, track outline, list in steps

2.Analyze

Think through, break apart, break into pieces

3.Infer

Figure out, read between the lines, predict, what are they trying to say

4.Evaluate

Judge, value of, meaning, examine, solve, test for the truth of, tell one good and one bad

5.Formulate

Come up with, make a plan, develop, make, create

6.Describe

Tell about, show me, list details

7.Support

Provide reasons, tell reasons, give examples, back it up

8.Explain

Tell all about, tell what and why, tell how, teach to someone else

9.Summarize

Tell main parts, bottom line, main ideas

10.Compare

List sames, all the ways they are alike

11.Contrast

List differences, all the ways they are different

12.Predict

Educated guess, tell what could or may happen, look into the future