Words you should know for the 11+ and 13+
Verbal reasoning can be notoriously hard to train children up for. In particular, a lot of children stumble on vocabulary expectations. Similarly, children who are very competent in English Literature can be completely stumped when asked to define the meaning of words in a context.
Even the most voracious reader might not know some of the language examiners choose to present students with. Below are a list of words commonly found on examination papers and some tips for learning them.
- Is your child artistic? Make flip cards. Buy coloured card and get them to cut our squares and write the word on one side and a definition on the other. Play vocabulary games with them.
- Does your child like to be the one in control? Let them test you on the meaning of words and get them to explain the words you “get wrong”.
- Is your child a techno whiz? There are a million apps for vocabulary expansion. Get your child to play at least once a day. Small doses frequently has been proven to improve vocabulary much more than giant, off putting chunks.
- Is your child visual? (And are you very patient!) Try acting out the different words in a charades style affair.
- Your child should be learning a new word a day minimum.
- Buy a fun word calendar.
Here are some of the words:
CURIOUS, PERISH, ARTICLE, ANXIOUS, CORRECT, DOSE, WORTHY, DISTINCT, LIMB, ABUNDANT, DISTRESS, ERECT, APPEAL, STRESS, ELECT, BRIEF, OCCUR, HALT, SUBMIT, OCCUPY, CEASE, AROUSE, HOLLOW, MERE, WITHER, COMPANY, SINCERE, DENY, COMPANION, LATTER, LIBERAL, GRIEVE, MODEST, FUND, RESTORE, DISPUTE, PIONEER, BOX, RURAL, REPENT, VESSEL, MORTAL, CONSENT, RARE, SELDOM, CONTEMPT, LODGE, RETAIN, CONCLUDE, DIN, OATH, CONVINCE, STOUT, PROCURE, SOW, SCRIPTURE, ENDURE, CONSIST, EARNEST, CLAMPED, BUZZED, FROWNED UPON, CONTINUOUS, OVERGROWN, DECEPTIVE, BRISK, COSY, REFRESHING, UNINSPIRED, ENCRYPTION, SCORNFULLY, UNVEILING, CONTRASTING, IMMINENT, RENOVATED, TRANSMITTING, SINISTER, EMULOUSLY, AFFIRMATIVE, DINGY, SORDID, DISTAINED, RAVAGES, OBEY, DISOBEY, INDIGNANT, COURTEOUS, SELFISH, ENCOURAGING, SECLUSION, PROGRESSIVE, RAMBLED, CONSCIENCE, BENIGN, DELIBERATE, SHUN, INCESSANT,