11+ practice and progress

Vocabulary is a very important part of 11+ exams. A good vocabulary will help you excel on English, Reading Comprehension and Verbal reasoning. Thie 11+ Vocab Builder presents you random words from collection of 13K+ words with meaning and explanation. Click on the next button to get the next random words. The Vocab Builder is as good as dictionary browsing and will help you buid a strong vocabulary.

a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause
an air of melancholy surrounded him

desolation, sadness, pensiveness, woe, sorrow, melancholia

euphoric,elated, happy, joyful, joyous, delighted, gleeful, excited, exhilarated, animated, jubilant, exultant, ecstatic, blissful, enraptured, rapturous, rhapsodic, in rhapsodies, intoxicated, transported, on cloud nine, in heaven, in paradise, in seventh heaven

Word power - 10 tips to improve 11 plus vocabulary

Below are a few tips to help you extend your vocabulary.
  1. If you enjoy reading, try to find material written in a different style that you are accustomed to. Diversity of topics is also important.
  2. Watch out for unfamiliar words. Try and guess the meaning. The context in which the word is used can often give clues - then check the correct definition.
  3. When having a conversation with somebody, remember the unfamiliar word and either ask them what it means or look it up in the dictionary.
  4. Practice your new words as soon as possible, this could be via e-mail to a friend or in a conversation. Most online dictionaries provide word pronunciation either using phonetic symbols or even listening to the spoken word.
  5. Get into the habit of highlighting words in your dictionary, the next time you visit the same page you will unconsciously recall the old word.
  6. Play word games. The online version of scrabble gives you the opportunity to insert a word into a dictionary to view its definition. In the verbal reasoning section of 11 Plus (11+) exams, there are always few questions which are similar to word games and your habit of word games will really help you.
  7. Sign up to a "word of the day" service. A new word will be sent to you via email each day with its explanation.
  8. Flashcards are also useful tools when trying to memorise new words. The Vocab Builder tool of ProjectElevenPlus is a very good to randomly browse the words and learn meanings and usage.
  9. Learn the roots of a word, this will help you to remember many words at a time. The word vocabulary is derived from the Latin root word voc which means "word" or "name".
  10. Use a thesaurus. Look up 3 synonyms for each word. In some versions of a thesaurus, an antonym is included, this contrast can help memorise the original word.
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